HU4353 : Southbound A970, Girlsta

taken 3 years ago, near to Catfirth, Shetland Islands, Great Britain

Southbound A970, Girlsta
Southbound A970, Girlsta
The loch at Girlsta is the deepest in Shetland, at about 65ft deep in places. The name "Girlsta" comes from the Old Norse "Geirhildastadr" - meaning "the place of Geirhilda". Geirhilda was a young Viking princess, daughter of the famous 9th century Viking explorer, Flˇki Vilger­arson. According to local folklore Geirhilda drowned in the loch after falling through the ice and she is buried on the small island within the loch.
More information about the story at LinkExternal link (Shetland with Laurie) and LinkExternal link (Folklore and Shetland Stories)
The A970 (Shetland Islands)

The A970 runs for 71 miles across most of the length of the "Mainland" in the Shetland Islands. It is a good-quality single-carriageway road for most of its route. Travelling from south to north, the road begins at Grutness near Sumburgh Airport and winds around the many hills and inlets passing close to a number of small villages without going through any large ones before Lerwick. After looping around Lerwick, a short spur runs to Scalloway whilst the main route continues northwards towards Brae where it crosses the narrow isthmus of Mavis Grind. At Sandy Lochs the road splits and a four-mile spur goes through Urafirth to Hillswick. The main route continuing to the right towards its northern terminus at Isbister. This last part of the route tends to be narrower with passing places.

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Date Taken
Friday, 21 September, 2018   (more nearby)
Monday, 22 July, 2019
Geographical Context
Lakes, Wetland, Bog  Roads, Road transport 
Camera (from Tags)
Panasonic Lumix TZ60 
Road (from Tags)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! HU 431 534 [100m precision]
WGS84: 60:15.7851N 1:13.3318W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! HU 431 535
View Direction
SOUTH (about 180 degrees)
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Lake  Loch  Shetland 

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