We’ve recently returned from a fortnight in Shetland, during which we were out exploring its fantastic coastline every day and amazingly, experiencing almost continuous good weather. I don’t intend to write a post about every single day (because I’m too lazy), but hopefully this will be the first of three posts covering some of our most memorable days.
Fethaland is the northernmost tip of Mainland and somewhere that we hadn’t visited on our previous trip to Shetland. Like everywhere in Shetland, the coastline here is a chaotic jumble of cliffs, headlands, inlets (geos), skerries, stacks, natural arches, sea lochs and caves. Every twist and turn of the coast reveals another staggering view, or another headland that just has to be walked out to. For this reason, even short walks in Shetland take hours.
Our plan was simple – we would set off from North Roe and keep the coast on our right till we reached the Point of Fethaland, whence a good track would return us to our start point.
The Isle of Fethaland was the undoubted highlight of the walk. The cliff scenery here is almost too spectacular to be true. It must be an incredible sight when the winter gales bring the waves crashing in.
On the neck of land that connects the Isle of Fethaland to the rest of the peninsula are the remains of a haaf (deep sea) fishing station, which remained in use until the 20th century. Amazing to think that somewhere that is so peaceful today was until relatively recently a hive of industry.
Some photos by Georgina Collins.