Monthly Archives: July 2014

Orkney in Brief

The capital of Kirkwall is big and on a rich island compared with rocky Shetland.  Nonetheless its small – but cafes sell real ale delivered by hand pump.  Arrived here by the Hjartland, which is exactly the same as the … Continue reading

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Beasties of Shetland

Just three things for the record:  

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Shetland

We arrived early and in a thick mist.  After breakfast on board – a small but powerful loudspeaker situated near my pillow told me it was 6.30am and that breakfast was available.  It repeated the core message at 15 minute … Continue reading

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Monday – to Aberdeen and an overnight ferry

Took the new tram towards the airport, getting off at what was described as the stop for a shopping centre.  It was mainly open space, perhaps the shops come later.  We were to meet a coach at a Marriott hotel … Continue reading

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Sunday – day of culture (after the crane)

In the Museum we decided to stick with the big stuff – fossil skeleton of T rex, tall stuffed giraffe, beam engine, an early locomotive and a shiny aluminium rocket.  Almost as exciting was the cast iron supported glass roofed … Continue reading

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Sunday – a day of culture, but first, a crane.

On our way back to the hostel from scrambled eggs  and toast we saw a huge crane beside a big building site (a development of post-graduate student housing for Edinburgh University).  The crane and associated road closure was in place … Continue reading

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Arthur’s Seat, Waters of Leith and Cricket.

We passed the Queen’s dry cleaners as we made out way to Holyrood Park and the big hill there.  It was convenient for her, just a couple of hundred yards up from the palace gates, on a small side street.  … Continue reading

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