Monday 31 October 2016

Aberdeen, Scotland - first impressions of the city during my walk from the harbour to the airport

This is footage from my walk through Aberdeen, Scotland on my way to the airport. I was very impressed by the friendliness of the locals and in general from the city. It is indeed one of the nicest places in UK I've seen so far.

Sunday 30 October 2016

Travel with the ferry from Lerwick, Shetland to Aberdeen

This is footage from my travel with the ferry from Lerwick, Shetland to Aberdeen, on my way from Shetland to Portugal.

The travel from Sumburgh, Shetland to Faro, Portugal is kind of interesting experience. One has to get first bus from Sumburgh Airport to the Capital of Shetland, Lerwick. From there the next step is to get the ferryboat to Aberdeen, Scotland in the evening, with which follows 12-13 hours sailing and costs £35 without any additional luxuries as cabin or anything. After that there is a bit of flying, which I'll cover in the next entries.

Short walk in the centre of Lerwick, Shetland before boarding the ferry

Short walk in the centre of Lerwick, Shetland before boarding the ferry to Aberdeen from where I'll go to London and further.

Friday 28 October 2016

Visit to the Grutness' surroundings and back to Sumburgh Hotel

I just had a short walk around the village called Grutness at the most southern parts of the Shetland Islands.

Tuesday 25 October 2016

Old Scatness village, Shetland

This is the Old Scatness village, Shetland, which are found next to the Betty Mouat's Böd. It consisting of mediaeval, Viking, Pictish, and Iron Age remains. It has been a settlement for thousands of years, each new generation adding buildings, and leveling off old ones.

Sunday 23 October 2016

St Ninian's Isle tombolo, Shetland

Visit to St Ninian's Isle, which is a small tied island connected by the largest tombolo in the UK. It's found in south part of Shetland and is known locally as an ayre, old Norse word meaning "gravel bank"

Saturday 22 October 2016

With kayak around Sumburgh Head, Shetland

Getting the gear out
Departing in the open sea (here it counts as Atlaantic Ocean)
Start of one beautiful day

Sumburgh Head Lighthouse
My mates checking crab trap
Having a sip of Buckfast
It looks like the face of sunken stone giant watching us
Navigating between the rocks around Sumburgh Head
There were caves along to route

From time to time the water around me was boiling with jumping fish. What was chasing them?

Getting out of narrow passage
This picture was taken by one of my mates who managed to enter in some of the caves. Pretty great experience.

Friday 21 October 2016

Kayaking around Sumburgh Head

Kayaking between the Atlantic Ocean and North Sea around Sumburgh Head, Shetland. For first time in my life I am in kayak and the video clips are made with Samsung S4.

Tuesday 18 October 2016

Visiting Spiggie Beach, Shetland in search for seals

Spiggie Beach was a place recommended to me for seals seeing and there really were a few of them. Shetland is a place were one can see seals nearly everywhere, but somehow my few first days i couldn't spot any. It may have been the weather or something else but I didn't have any luck.

Monday 17 October 2016

Goldcrest (Regulus regulus)

Goldcrest (Regulus regulus), one of the smallest birds living in Europe which luckily I spotted on side of the road.

Goldcrest (Regulus regulus regulus)

Goldcrest (R. regulus)

Sunday 16 October 2016

Sturnus vulgaris zetlandicus - Shetland Starling

The Shetland starling (Sturnus vulgaris zetlandicus) is a subspecies of the Common Starling, which lives on the Shetland islands. The difference is that it is slightly darker and bigger then the continental subspecies.

It doesn't look darker on the photo but all of them were like that, so I assume that this is how one of them should look.
Sturnus vulgaris zetlandicus
Shetland Starling
Shetland Starling on Shetland sheep

Sailing boats in Lerwick, Shetland

Spotted a sailing boat in Lerwick, Shetland. Next to her was another viking-styled one, which looks like the ones used in the January's celebration.

Visit to the Grutness' beach

This is the other beach opposite to the one from yesterday and this is technically facing the North Sea, which is interesting because the other is few hundred metres away and faces the Atlantic Ocean.

Saturday 15 October 2016

Shetland ponies

I spotted couple of the semi-legendary Shetland ponies. These animals are somewhat strange by the horse's standards, but nonetheless very cute and interesting. I'd get myself one if opportunity arises.

Waking up in Sumburgh surrounded by sheeps

So happened that we woke up with sheeps all around :)

Friday 14 October 2016

Visit to the beach between Sumburgh and Scatness, Shetland

I went for a swim at this lovely beach, but the water was a bit too cool, so it didn't last long.

Thursday 13 October 2016

Tuesday 11 October 2016

First impressions of Shetland

Some short videos from my first day in Shetland. It was one very windy day, so most of the time will very difficult to hear anything, but that is what it was. Otherwise Shetland is beautiful place with very strange nature without any trees. Everything is covered with grass and animals like ships, cattle and Shetland ponies feeding on it. I'll do more videos on that topic, but for now some first impressions from the day.

Monday 10 October 2016

Sunday 9 October 2016

With car through Scotland

I took these few pictures, while crossing Scotland with a car. The whole exercise was to travel from London to Aberdeen, where I'd get on the ferry to Lerwick, Shetland. Even thought I haven't seen much from Scotland the little I managed to spot was enough to convince me that it is indeed one of the more beautiful places around. It has distinct spirit and it feels different of England.