Happy birthday Yums! Hope the weekend went well. did you need the bike and cossie? Or was it like my friend who had to take wellies, swimming kit and a towel, and ended up being taken to see a musical in Manchester? (I'd have preferred something with wellies personally ...)
DL This one Similar to our old Vango. I've always like the look of Outwells. We are off to test it for a couple of nights on Anglesey and do a bit of the coast path. I did think, almost as it was happening, "This is a DL type of holiday story!"
The first batch of photos from Orkney are here if you are interested. I don't think they really do it justice though.
Becks, don't worry. You are training for it which is more than some people do! A week or two off won't make a huge difference, and once you have got to 10 you'll be fine for the half. Honest.
We did the Parkrun while it was still fine (actually not too bad still, but blustery!), then had brunch as planned! It took me 2 laps (out of 3) to loosen up but the last lap felt great. I have quite stiff ankles atm, and I'm not sure why. We walked every day, but not especially far or hard.
I know two adults who were pushed into a degree rather than their chosen careers which weren't degree level then (primary teaching and physiotherapy). both people did their degree and then went to their chosen career ... It's such an expensive mistake to make nowadays too!
(although if it had been Pippette ... I hope I would have made my views clear but left the decision to her ...)
We spent the rest of the holiday at a B&B in Lerwick, which wasn’t what we’d planned but was very nice all the same. A very friendly, down to earth woman running it, who gave us lots of ideas of where to go. It was quite central so we were able to get around easily and explore.
Sumburgh Head is the lighthouse at the southern tip – we went there on a glorious sunny day (but very windy and cold – photos show us all wrapped up!). There were no puffins, although you can often see them just over the wall! We did see quite a number of puffins in other places though. It is the sort of place that could make you a bird watcher. We spent ages just looking at the seabirds on the cliffs and out at sea – lots of nesting fulmars and chicks.
Shetland to me looked Nordic – not having been to Norway or Iceland, it is how I imagine them! Sea inlets, bleak hills, scatterings of colourful houses. They have recently started to import Norwegian timber houses in all different colours. The cliffs were spectacular. It is the sort of place where every corner you go round makes you go “wow!”.
We did get up to Unst, the northernmost island, and walked over to the cliffs on the far side. However, this was the worst day for low cloud, and as visibility was down to under 50m, we walked as far north as it was prudent!
The weather was never as bad as those first two nights, so we would have been fine in a tent later. Some people had been on the ferry that night and had a dreadful crossing. Apparently, they were some of the strongest winds Scotland had recorded in August …
Despite that, I’d recommend both Orkney and Shetland. Both Mr P and I said we would choose Shetland if we had to, although Orkney had more things to visit, the scenery in Shetland was wonderful. I just didn’t have the light for photography to do it justice …
Hope I haven’t bored you … but you didn’t have to read …