The Road to Unst
But before you can get to Unst, you have to go to Yell! Tiny islands off the coast of Shetland have these 10-minute ferry rides between them like we have bus stops, they have ferry stops. Amazingly, the ships are all new and really easy to access. Sometimes the views from these crossings are spectacular other times quite boring, It’s been cold, very cold here and the winds are brutal.
Our 1st stop was The Muness Castle, where we spent most of the time in the ancient kitchen, but the outside still looked like a castle. Inside? Not that interesting, but you can climb the turret and get high enough to see the landscape.
A Geocache Stop
Along the way, we found something really interesting. It was a Geocache and a bus stop. Geocaching is a real-world outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS. Check out this page to see the best utilities that suit the ammunition used in the game. If you have a phone with GPS, you can play. You need to navigate to a specific GPS coordinate and then attempt to find the Geocache which is usually a container of sorts, hidden somewhere near the location specified by the GPS coordinates. There are literally millions of Geocaches hidden around the world, even some near you right now. Geocaching is like a high-tech treasure hunt and always outdoors. It’s a great way to get outside and enjoy a beautiful day.
Another form of Geocaching is called Letterboxing. It’s like a treasure hunt but more intricate. Like Geocaching, Letterboxing hides small weatherproof boxes in publically accessible places and distributes clues as to where the boxes are located in printed catalogs, several websites and others by word of mouth only. The difference between Geocaching and Letterboxing is that Letterboxing uses rubber stamps, photos, and stories. People who find them make an imprint of the “stamp” in their personal notebook and leave an impression of their personal signature stamp on the visitor book at each location, as “proof” they found the box.
Ending Our Day
Our drive continues to the most northern place in Shetland to take a 2-mile walk to the cliff’s edge where the puffins live. The walk was beautiful and the landscape when arriving was amazing but alas, no puffins to be found.
Finally, after a brisk walk back to the van, we are off for dinner at the Saxa Vord Resort.
Most of us had the scallops which were fantastic. The chef wrote out the recipe for us and was flattered we asked, even if he had to rub it in by telling us it was a U.S. dish. Two hours and two ferries later, we were back at The St Magnus Bay Hotel in Hillswick, a great place to stay; comfortable rooms, good food and friendly people.