Geo-Trips :: Shetland (14) - A tour of the northern part of Mainland

Mainland, Shetland

A drive from Isbister, Thu, 16 Jun 2016 by David Purchase

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A drive round that part of Mainland which is north of Mavis Grind (HU3468), where Mainland is very nearly divided into two islands.

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HU3584 : MV Altaire in Voe of the Brig by David Purchase
MV Altaire in Voe of the Brig
She seems to be manoeuvring, perhaps to prepare for her next departure?

HU3790 : The end of the road by David Purchase
The end of the road
The A970 just comes to a dead stop here at Isbister. Looking south, for the first... more

HU3790 : Shetland Potez by David Purchase
Shetland Potez
This French 'Potez' plane crash-landed at Sumburgh in 1981, and was brought here,... more

HU3690 : The "Shetland Potez" plaque by David Purchase
The "Shetland Potez" plaque
The "Shetland Potez" is a French plane which crash-landed at Sumburgh in... more

HU3690 : The Loch of Flugarth by David Purchase
The Loch of Flugarth
Good flowers in the foreground.

HU3691 : Sand Voe, near Isbister by David Purchase
Sand Voe, near Isbister

HU3689 : The spit at Burra Voe by David Purchase
The spit at Burra Voe
I don't think this is a true tombolo, because on the left is just a small (and no... more

HU3688 : Burra Voe pier by David Purchase
Burra Voe pier
Not, perhaps, suitable for other than the smallest of vessels.

HU3687 : The A970 heading south by David Purchase
The A970 heading south
The A970 just comes to a dead stop about 3 km north of here (behind the camera),... more

HU3686 : The A970 heading south by David Purchase
The A970 heading south
The A970 just comes to a dead stop about 4 km north of here (behind the camera),... more

HU3685 : Loch of Housetter by David Purchase
Loch of Housetter
The road on the right is, believe it or not, the main A970 on Shetland Mainland.... more

HU3684 : Housetter and Colla Firth by David Purchase
Housetter and Colla Firth

HU3483 : The Beorgs of Collafirth by David Purchase
The Beorgs of Collafirth

HU3583 : The track from Collafirth Hill by David Purchase
The track from Collafirth Hill
Joining the A970 above Colla Firth.

HU3482 : The A970 at South Collafirth by David Purchase
The A970 at South Collafirth

HU3481 : Rough grazing by the A970 by David Purchase
Rough grazing by the A970

HU3381 : Hill of Voe by David Purchase
Hill of Voe
Hill of Voe, just the southern end of a gentle ridge, is in the foreground on the... more

HU3380 : Swinister and the lane to Urafirth by David Purchase
Swinister and the lane to Urafirth

HU3280 : Ronas Voe by David Purchase
Ronas Voe
The sheep is, I suppose, obeying the rule to face the oncoming traffic. Not that... more

HU3180 : Ronas Voe by David Purchase
Ronas Voe

HU2980 : Ronas Voe by David Purchase
Ronas Voe
A long inlet on the north-west of Shetland Mainland. It reminds me a bit of... more

HU3079 : The Loch of Urafirth by David Purchase
The Loch of Urafirth
In the distance, the A970 climbs a modest hill on its way south.

HU2979 : Fields below Assater by David Purchase
Fields below Assater
Marshland with splendid flowers.

HU2978 : Country by Ura Firth by David Purchase
Country by Ura Firth

HU2878 : The B9078 heading for Eshaness by David Purchase
The B9078 heading for Eshaness
A "single track road with passing places" for its final 10km to Esha... more

HU2877 : Country north of Hillswick by David Purchase
Country north of Hillswick

HU2977 : Ura Firth by David Purchase
Ura Firth
Looking across Ura Firth to the slopes of the Ness of Olnesfirth.

HU2876 : Findlins House and Farm by David Purchase
Findlins House and Farm

HU2380 : Country near Hamnavoe by David Purchase
Country near Hamnavoe
In the distance, Muckle Ossa, 56m in [[HU2185]], is very prominent.

HU2480 : One of the Giants' stones at Hamnavoe by David Purchase
One of the Giants' stones at Hamnavoe
I don't wish to be unkind, but it seems to me that these must have been rather... more

HU2479 : Country at Murrion by David Purchase
Country at Murrion

HU2379 : Hoohivda and Hamna Voe by David Purchase
Hoohivda and Hamna Voe

HU2279 : The lane to Leascole by David Purchase
The lane to Leascole

HU2377 : No Ness by David Purchase
No Ness
A small promontory near Tangwick.

HU2478 : Braewick by David Purchase
Braewick
Just a handful of cottages near the shore.

HU2575 : The Drongs from Braewick by David Purchase
The Drongs from Braewick
Muckle Roe in the distance.

HU2578 : Country at Crossa Breck by David Purchase
Country at Crossa Breck
The top of Muckle Ossa [[HU2185]] can be seen in the distance, centre.

HU2678 : Track on Watch Hill by David Purchase
Track on Watch Hill

HU2778 : Helga Water, near Burnside by David Purchase
Helga Water, near Burnside

HU2778 : Looking down to Sandwick Bay by David Purchase
Looking down to Sandwick Bay

HU3174 : Gunnister Voe by David Purchase
Gunnister Voe

HU3073 : North Sound, Nibon by David Purchase
North Sound, Nibon
The northern end of the Isle of Nibon is on the left, with the Ness of Hillswick... more

HU3073 : The Isle of Nibon by David Purchase
The Isle of Nibon
With South Sound to the left of the photo.

HU3173 : The lane from Nibon by David Purchase
The lane from Nibon
One of many minor cul-de-sacs branching off from the A970, the main road running... more

HU3274 : Country at Gunnister by David Purchase
Country at Gunnister

HU3273 : Trolladale Water by David Purchase
Trolladale Water
One of many sizable lochs in this part of Shetland Mainland.

HU3273 : "Gunnister Man's Grave" by David Purchase
"Gunnister Man's Grave"
For an explanation, see [[5024770]].

HU3273 : "Gunnister Man's Grave" - notice by David Purchase
"Gunnister Man's Grave" - notice
For a photo of the grave, see [[5024763]].

HU3373 : Glussdale Water by David Purchase
Glussdale Water
The A970 runs beside the opposite (east) bank.

HU3372 : Johnnie Mann's Loch by David Purchase
Johnnie Mann's Loch
I wonder who Johnnie Mann was?

HU3080 : Ronas Voe by David Purchase
Ronas Voe
One of the longest sea lochs in Shetland.

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