This is Part 2 of our series on a vacation in the Shetland Islands in August 2013. Check out Part 1 too, if you missed it.
We found driving around the Shetlands to be quite pleasant. The roads are in good shape. They’re not overly large, but there are plenty of useful “passing places” for cars to scootch around each other where necessary. As such, it’s pretty easy to pull over, get out, take a look around, and appreciate your vacation. Click any picture for a larger view.
Sometimes you’ll come across a boat along the road. Sometimes you need a much bigger boat to continue your journey. That’s what we did, to get from the Shetland Mainland up onto Yell and then Unst from there. We stopped off at the Final Checkout — the U.K.’s most northerly general store. We were hoping to use their cash machine to collect the funds to pay for dinner at the Baltasound Hotel (thanks TQE for the recommendation), but found out that our Maestro EC cards weren’t working there. Fortunately, paying by debit card at the Final Checkout entitles you up to 50 GBP cash back with your purchase, if you like. So that saved our bacon. If you have some time to kill at the ferry station, break out your Wi-Fi enabled devices. Shetland Islands Council provides free Wi-Fi under the SSID SICGUEST in the ferry areas, and many other areas on the islands.
At first we were startled by the presence of livestock outside of their fenced-in pastures, but we quickly got over that. If you do manage to lose your way, one of your friendly fellow travellers will surely point you in the right direction.
Next: Shetlands — The North