Geo-Trips :: Shetland (10) - The island of Whalsay

Whalsay, Shetland

A drive from Laxo (Mainland), Mon, 13 Jun 2016 by David Purchase

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We skip ahead two days. What I did on June 12 I cannot recall, but I submitted only two photos which does not make a Geo-trip.

Whalsay is a moderate-sized Shetland island, north-east of Mainland and SSE of Yell. It is normally approached from Laxo (crossing time 30 minutes), but sometimes the weather forces a crossing from Vidlin, a longer route. I decided that I needed my car on Whalsay, and that certainly gave me many more photographic opportunities. There was one short walk (to Ward of Clett, the island's high point), but this was really a road trip.

There are two photos which are long-distance Cross-grids (one of Muckla Billan and the other of Noss Head). I do not normally submit such photos, but these seemed of sufficient interest to include. (It seems that the second can be seen only in a slide show.)

Click the blue circles to see a photograph taken from that spot and read further information about the location. The blue lines indicate the direction of view. There is also a slideshow of this trip. ( )

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HU4563 : The Whalsay ferry, MV Linga, at Laxo by David Purchase
The Whalsay ferry, MV Linga, at Laxo
Ferries to Whalsay normally leave from Laxo and take 30 minutes. In certain... more

HU4862 : Hamera Head by David Purchase
Hamera Head
Seen from the Whalsay ferry.

HU4962 : Cliffs at Levaneap by David Purchase
Cliffs at Levaneap
Seen from the Whalsay ferry.

HU5362 : The Whalsay ferry, MV Linga, leaving Symbister pier by David Purchase
The Whalsay ferry, MV Linga, leaving Symbister pier
Bound for Laxo on Shetland Mainland.

HU5561 : Southern Whalsay by David Purchase
Southern Whalsay
Looking from near the summit of Ward of Clett across to the uninhabited islet of... more

HU5561 : The summit of Ward of Clett, Whalsay by David Purchase
The summit of Ward of Clett, Whalsay
Well, this is what everyone would think is the summit. But the purists maintain... more

HU5461 : Descending to Clate by David Purchase
Descending to Clate
On the way down from Ward of Clett, the highest point on Whalsay.

HU5456 : Muckla Billan by David Purchase
Muckla Billan
In this photo taken from the south of Whalsay, the cliffs at Noss Head, 20km... more

HU5562 : Loch of Huxter, Whalsay by David Purchase
Loch of Huxter, Whalsay
One of four lochs on Whalsay of similar size. I would estimate that this is the largest.

HU5662 : The valley of the Falsa Burn by David Purchase
The valley of the Falsa Burn
Looking out to sea from near Huxter. I suspect that, had the weather not been so... more

HU5663 : Nuckro Water, Whalsay by David Purchase
Nuckro Water, Whalsay

HU5763 : Approaching Isbister, Whalsay by David Purchase
Approaching Isbister, Whalsay
The Out Skerries are on the horizon.

HU5864 : Country near Isbister by David Purchase
Country near Isbister
At sea, left to right, are the islets of Nista, Mooa and Isbister Holm, with the... more

HU5764 : Loch Isbister by David Purchase
Loch Isbister

HU5664 : The Houll, Whalsay by David Purchase
The Houll, Whalsay
Probably usually very damp.

HU5966 : East Loch of Skaw, Whalsay by David Purchase
East Loch of Skaw, Whalsay
An airstrip, now almost never used, is just to the right of this photo.

HU5966 : Whalsay Golf Club by David Purchase
Whalsay Golf Club
Britain's most northerly Golf Club. It looked like the sort of course where you... more

HU5966 : Country near Skaw, Whalsay by David Purchase
Country near Skaw, Whalsay
The foreground is, perhaps, not very interesting. But this gave me my best view on... more

HU5866 : Country near Skaw, Whalsay by David Purchase
Country near Skaw, Whalsay

HU5766 : West Loch of Skaw, Whalsay by David Purchase
West Loch of Skaw, Whalsay

HU5765 : Loch Vats-houll, Whalsay by David Purchase
Loch Vats-houll, Whalsay

HU5665 : The west shore of Loch Vats-houll, Whalsay by David Purchase
The west shore of Loch Vats-houll, Whalsay

HU5565 : Whalsay Kirk and graveyard by David Purchase
Whalsay Kirk and graveyard
The Kirk stands on Kirk Ness, a small islet joined to Whalsay by one of Shetland's... more

HU5565 : Houb and Suther Ness, Whalsay by David Purchase
Houb and Suther Ness, Whalsay
Suther Ness, with its beacon, is connected to the mainland of Whalsay. But you... more

HU5564 : The road to Brough, Whalsay by David Purchase
The road to Brough, Whalsay

HU5464 : Approaching Symbister, Whalsay by David Purchase
Approaching Symbister, Whalsay
A rare stretch of road on Whalsay which does not need passing places!

HU5463 : A field at Marrister, Whalsay by David Purchase
A field at Marrister, Whalsay
Daisies in profusion.

HU5462 : North Voe, Symbister, Whalsay by David Purchase
North Voe, Symbister, Whalsay
Is there a South Voe? Not on the map, but I could well imagine that the harbour... more

HU5539 : Noss Head by David Purchase
Noss Head
Seen from the Whalsay ferry en route between Symbister and Laxo. I do not... more

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