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Aug 12, 2018 - Lerwick

We left Norway and entered the UK with an hour of extra sleep due to a time zone change. Being Sunday, the shops were closed and the hoped for Shetland and Fair Isle knitwear were out of reach. Bummer! The local ‘lads’ were out sailing in the harbor in the morning as we pulled into Victoria Pier. We had a tour if the island. One of the first stops was at a beach where there were seals frolicking in the shallows. Our main quest on this your is Jarlshof. An important archeological find was uncovered by a fierce storm in the 1890’s. Layers of...

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Jun 23, 2016 - Ponies

Woke up to sunshine, not so usual for here as they tend to have rain 250 days a year. Shetland Islands home of Shetland Pony, Shetland Sheepdog, Shetland Sheep and the Shetland Goose. The Shetland Islands became a part of Scotland as part of the same unpaid dowry as the Orkney Islands. There are 100 islands, 15 of which are inhabited with a total population of 23,000. Lerwick has been the capitol since 1708. It has a population of 7,000 and is located on the island called Mainland. The islands form part of division between the Atlantic...

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Jun 1, 2016 - Lerwick, Shetland Islands

June 1 - Lerwick, Shetland Islands Up early for a breakfast of omelettes by the chef - then we boarded buses for tours of Lerwick and other areas of the Shetland Islands - again one bus was dedicated to birders and the rest of the group had a guided tour to also see the birds (15 minutes) at Sumburgh Head and the coastline with seals - with the main attraction being ruins from the Bronze and Iron ages. Of course we had to see the Shetland ponies! Back to the bus so we could start our journey across the North Sea. Shortly after boarding the...

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Jul 19, 2011 - Scotland and Shetland Islands

The weather continues to be our big story… today as we anchored outside Edinburgh, it was 61 degrees with light rain. We decided to stay on the ship today… we have been to Edinburgh a couple of times, the forecast is for rain all day and we aren’t going to make 24 ports in 26 days! Since most people were gone on tours for the day, we enjoyed having the ship pretty much to ourselves! We’ve already answered our big question about the new Oceania ship… could they translate the outstanding service and excellent food operation to a ship twice...

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Aug 22, 2009 - Pony Tales

Tale One: So this is Lerwick, capital of the Shetlands. I grab a bunch of brochures from the neat stand along the wall in the ferry terminal and leaf through them. We need accommodation and a car and have booked neither. Directly opposite the terminal is a hotel so I head there, pass through the front doors into a darkened vestibule, climb the stairs for two floors and meet a pair of eyes just peering over the top of the receptionist desk. No we don’t have any rooms. The pony festival or show or something is on. The town is pretty full. Our...

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Aug 17, 2009 - A Reluctance to Ascend

The for’ard bar lounge slumbered, bodies strewn across the cushions along the alcoves punctuated by round tables each with their own set of four comfortable chairs. Along with a good number of similarly minded passengers, we had chosen the horizontal opportunity over that of the ‘sleeper chairs’ neatly lined up in the ‘sleeper chair lounge’. The latter offered an airline type experience; an experience we chose to leave for airline, rather than ship travel. I slipped on my shoes, quiet as a mouse, and stepped my way through the shadowy...

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