|The Shetland Islands
|Out of the approximately 100 islands of Shetland, only 15 are inhabited. The main island of the group is known as Mainland. The other inhabited islands are: Bressay, Burra, Fetlar, Foula, Muckle Roe, Papa Stour, Trondra, Vaila, Unst, Whalsay and Yell in the main Shetland group, plus Fair Isle to the south, and Housay and Bruray in the Out Skerries to the east.
The landscape in Shetland is marked by the grazing of sheep and the rarity of trees, and the higher land is mainly open moorland. The chief attractions of the landscape lie on the coast where there are some magnificent cliffs and sandy bays. The flora is dominated by Arctic-alpine plants, wild flowers, moss and lichen.
Our visit in 2007 was part of our island hopping trip to the Faroes, Shetland and Orkney Islands. Alas this was the last year this could be done as Smyril Line are no longer running the ferry Norrona to Scotland (as of 2008). We were cycling and only had a week so we confined our explorations to the area south of Lerwick but found time to include trips to the islands of Noss, via Bressay, and Mousa. We had mixed weather, everything from lashing rain to hot sunshine and one day when we hardly saw a thing as the mist was down almost to sea level.
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See all my Shetland images at alamy