One Train, Three planes and a Kind Host

This year’s adventure in Scotland has begun!

After taking BART train to the airport, a flight to Newark (where I met Dona, recovering from her trip to the Maryland Sheep and Wool Show), a flight to Glasgow, another flight to Shetland, and a car ride provided by our host at the flat we are letting in Lerwick, Shetland’s capitol, and we are here!

Here we are in Glasgow airport, awaiting our flight to Sumburgh airport at the southern tip of Shetland, while Dona sorts her 600+ photos from the sheep show!

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Flying from Glasgow to Sumburgh, our plane holds about 50-60 people. Hard to get good photos as I am near the wing but it is very pretty as we fly over mainland Scotland and then approach Shetland.

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Cold, overcast and a little rainy, we are welcomed by our landlord who has kindly offered to pick us up at the airport and drive us the approximately 45 minutes to our flat in the center of Lerwick. Along the way we saw many sheep and lambs – and a new born Shetland pony foal (!) but were not close enough to get any good photos. Interesting fact: on Shetland, you are never more than 3 miles from the sea – either the Atlantic or the North Sea.

We love our flat here and, after settling in a little we explore Commercial Street. For any fans of the BBC series “Shetland” – which Dona and I are – it was amazing to walk this little area which is the setting for many of the episodes. We saw shops we will explore later…..

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But this one demanded to be explored now – a short stop for tea and cakes!

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The day ended with probably the best fish, chips, and mushy peas i have ever had!

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Our flat here is perfect. Lots of light and everything we need to continue our exploration of these islands. Our hosts welcomed us and even set the table for our first tea here at the flat.

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On to our next adventure tomorrow, which, yes, involves another plane ride as we head out for a day on the tiny island of Foula!

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