Day 54 Tues 26 April: I don’t mean to be rude to Scotland in general nor to Scrabster specifically but I’m a bit sad to be here, back on the mainland. It means I’ve finished all the Scottish islands. From Arran in the south, via the Inner & Outer Hebrides in the west, to the Orkneys & Shetland Isles in the north. No more ferries across short, smooth Loch crossings. No more ferries across longer, rougher stretches of the North Sea and North Atlantic. I’ve had my few days off. Claire flew home on Monday…. Where’s my handkerchief?
So, how was the Shetland break? Well thanks for asking. It was brilliant. Puffins, sandy beaches, Lifeboat thrills, amazing archaeological sights, a stunning, dramatic coastline, lovely people, good food and some awful weather. I include the weather because even that was memorable. Although, I don’t remember being warm, apart from when standing under a hot power shower or being tucked up in bed. Two of my favourite regular places.
It was good to be back in Kirkwall last night. The touring ceramic poppies display at the Cathedral is beautifully done, in time for the Battle of Jutland Centenary. A very moving, clever installation. It was also good to have the strong north wind on my back for much of the return ride to Stromness today.
Many thanks to John (Mech), Davy (crew), David (LPO/crew) and Stuart (LOM). The boat is looking great. Good luck with the inspection tomorrow.