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Shetland

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Holidays 2014

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Daily Aberdeen to Lerwick Ferry leaves in the evening, and arrives the next morning, some sailings go via Kirkwall, this adds 2 hours to the journey. Sometimes when the weather decides to create havock with the strong wind the trip north can be uncomfortable, but I find get my head down and try and sleep is the best way to endure the hostile weather.



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Durham Station the train to travel north to Aberdeen, the journey takes 5 hours, but coffee and the internet the time passes quite fast.



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Sumburgh airport from the north, this parth of the mainland of Shetland is very fertile also it is the area where the main airport is, although with the influx of oil workers, the airport at Scasta near Sullom Voe is very busy, with the use of the webcam range it is great to watch the aircraft land and take-off.



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Up Helly A the annual fire festival is held in Lerwick the last Tuesday of January, other parts of islands hold there own festival. 12 months to build and 20 minutes to burn



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The Swan, refitted fishing vessel, which depended upon sail not engine to fish. Vessels like the Swan are examples, of how the heritage of these island depended upon the fishing and the sea for a living. Also back in the late 1700's into the 1800's the Shetlanders were in great demand to go to the Artic Whaling where there boat handling skills were welcomed. Also a great number of Shetlanders also served on the ships in the South Atlantic whaling in South Georgia.



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This one the Pictish Brochs still standing at Mousa, in Shetland, these structures date back in history to about the Iron-age, the bottom area had a solid wall and the upper levels the wall was hollow for storage.



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Rowing at Skeld, boats similar to therse but larger were used by the local men to row out to the fishing grounds, and ahter the lines had been set the men would knit till time to bring the lines back on board.



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John Milburn


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