Bette Hunter

Wed 2nd September 2015 at 12.50 - 14.00

Bette gives us a guided tour of the Shetland Islands

Bette’s tour of Shetland started from Aberdeen in comfortable cabins on board the Serco operated car ferry to Lerwick. In the 18thcentury it was the main herring town in northern Europe, and it was from here in 1837 that Arthur Anderson started the P&O shipping line.

 

From there they toured south to the famous granite cliffs of Eshaness. On the way they passed a sign saying “Otters Crossing” and where nearby you can throw a stone from the Atlantic Ocean to the North Sea! Next they visited the bay used by “The Shetland Bus 1942”, a clandestine special operations unit which liaised with the Norwegians during World War II. Next they visited the Jarlshof archaeological site, famous for its iron age, bronze age and Nordic settlements. It was only discovered about 1905 when violent storms tore into the southern coastline exposing some of the ruins.

 

During the evenings on the tour the group discussed things like Shetland ponies and Shetland jersies, the aurora borealis and Ali Bain the famous fiddler. That completed the wonderful peace and freedom during the long nights of the Simmer Dim that is Shetland!