Sunny Shetland

Greetings from Lerwick – which according to BBC news has been the UK’s sunniest place this month.

I arrived at stupid o’clock this morning and have had a long, long day of work and exploring. The latter has been wonderful to do as Lerwick basks in strong sunshine with only the gentlest touch of coolness in the air.

Shetland’s bustling, genteel capital is one of my favourite places in the country. In weather like this it’s a great place to amble around with a camera, enjoying the views over the bay from the 17th century Fort Charlotte, and taking in Commercial Street’s quaint shops, the picturesque harbour or the magnificent Victorian-era Town Hall.

I’ve taken lots of photos, some of which are above awful. I don’t have a very fast internet connection at the moment, though, so you’ll have to wait until the weekend to see them.

It’s been around two or three years since I was last in Shetland, and one of the most noticeable changes has been the arrival of the new Shetland Museum – an interesting and informative place, and well worth a visit if you’re in this neck of the woods.

Another Lerwick highlight are of course the numerous excellent pubs. However, I can’t give you any up to date reports on that front. I’m getting a very early night, because this morning’s flight from Aberdeen warranted a 4.15am wake-up.

Not that I am complaining. This is, after all, the sunniest place in the UK right now…

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