Once on Unst we kept heading north to the Hermaness Nature Reserve right at its very tip. Here we took a fairly challenging moorland boardwalk walk to the cliff tops. What views! What birdlife! Of particular note were some gannet colonies on some islands/rocks just off shore and the Arctic skuas or bonxies which were nesting in the moorland. Apparently this is one of the best places in the world to see them and they are only around between April and September - we were lucky to see so many.
|The boardwalk over the moor at Hermaness, put in place to keep walkers away from the nesting sites of the Arctic skua. A bleak, windy place and, yes, it did rain when we were there.|
|The white patches on the rocks are the colonies of gannets I mentioned. There must be thousands of the birds nesting in this area. Spot the one in the distance looking like a snow-capped mountain. It rejoices in the name of Muckle Flugga. Lovely.|
|The reason why birders come to Hermaness - the Arctic skua or Bonxie. This has the reputation of being one of Britain's most aggressive birds. Get too close when there are chicks around and they will dive bomb you.|
|More birds spotted on Shetland - this pair were roosting in the most northerly bus shelter in the UK.|
|The John Peel Memorial Traffic Island. If it was not for the rabbits, it would be covered in flowers but......|
After all this fun, we traced our route back across Unst and Yell to Mainland and our B & B, stoping on the way for a rather good meal at the Scalloway Hotel in, errr, Scalloway. Possibly the best megrim sole I've ever had.