Our Dog Bracken Has a Few Words to Say

Hi pawtners ....

I’m a mischievous, travelholic golden retriever with a passion for being immersed in sand, sea and mud - and the odd cow pat.

I’m in canine heaven exploring new smells and scenery on our motorhome adventures.

Normally a placid pawsonality - my pawtience was tested en route to the Shetland Islands when cheeky canines commandeered my kennel on the ferry! Imagine howling gales as I recall this pawticular travel tail.

w600 0193Paw-dropping: Unst, the UK's most northerly point.

In our quest to explaw the most remote and fascinating places - especially in the current climate - the excitement was palpable as we boarded the overnight ferry to the Shetland Islands.
However the hoomans were pawplexed - and I was very indognant - on seeing two spaniels snugly ensconced in the kennel reserved for me!
High seas drama and a bit of a palaver as North Link Ferries sorted it out. I calmed down and counted sheep to get to sleep in my rightful bed.

w Lerwick terminalFabuwoof: arriving at Lerwick.

Situated between Norway and mainland Scotland, the Shetland Islands are applawded as among Europe’s top destinations. They also have delicipaws award-winning fish and chips at Frankies in Brae. Sharon always gives me her batter and half her chips but Steve never falls for my doleful eye pawformance. He should do before he starts getting pawky!

w Shetlands mainlandBreathtaking beauty: Shetland Islands.

Further North of the mainland is the island of Yell where we saw a pawgeous Shetland pony. Owned and cared for by local crofters, they originated in the Shetland Isles in the Bronze Age and have stayed there ever since.

w 4739Pawsomely intelligent: Shetland ponies.

With a population of less than 1,000 people, Yell is an oasis of peace, wildlife and wild flowers where the main occupations are farming, fishing and fish farming.
We saw just three people during our stay but missed seeing the otters who had feasted on crab and left the shells littered by the shore line after their gipawmous feast!

w 0169Paws to reflect on the beauty.

The islands have a strong Viking heritage which is appawent on the Isle of Unst where we explawed the reconstruction of a Viking longhouse. The remains of 60 longhouses can be found on Unst - more than in Scandinavia.

w 4794Fascinating Viking heritage.

Unst is Britain’s most northerly inhabited island - if you go any further you’d be in Norway. Our highlight was walking to the Hermaness National Nature Reserve at the furthermost point which is managed by Scottish Heritage.

w0137Hermaness Nature Reserve.
The reserve - a dramatic cliff-top - is a haven for over 100,000 birds in breeding season including gulls, shags, gannets, puffins and kittiwakes.

w0187New life: Northern Gannet Chicks..

The noise was deafening and I watched the gipawmous number of them in amazement.

w0172Bird’s eye view.

Designated as a national nature reserve (NNR) in 1985, it spans over 2,380 acres and takes in all the Hemaness peninsular.

w0187One of the many birds: The Northern Gannet.

Abspawlutely mesmerised at the sights and sounds I sat with Sharon while Steve took lots of photographs for pawsperity.

w 0169Extrapawdinary day in Unst

As I put my kennel glitch into pawspective, I reflected on how my Shetland Islands adventure had far surpawsed my expawtations.

Stay safe my furiends.

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