My last site visit on Shetland – and I couldn’t find the stone!
We parked in a layby near the entrance to the hotel opposite and Karen and the children stayed in the car while I carefully crossed the road and headed up the steep grassy hill.
My walk uphill was slow – partly because it was so steep but also with the realisation that this was my last site before catching the overnight ferry to Aberdeen.
Rabbits were in abundance and scattered as I approached.
The hill is covered in large boulders with quartz running through them although I couldn’t see anything which was an obvious standing stone.
Perhaps the stone is only small and I couldn’t see it amongst the erratics?
But with views like this from the top of the hill I really didn’t mind.
The views were stunning – hills, lochs, the sea, islands all visible in the distance.
The sky was blue with white fluffy clouds – contrasting with the dark blue waters below.
After the Western Isles, Orkney and now Shetland I am physically tired but emotionally recharged.
I have been so lucky to have had the opportunity to visit these places.
Shetland is a wonderful island to visit and will always has a place in my heart.
I hope to return one day. If you ever get the chance to visit – do it. You won’t be disappointed.
I head back down hill towards the car and ultimately home with a heavy heart……
'strong, solid, rock against the clear air alone, within the wind, the land stretched far and long to view, islands and the sea. bejeweled in quartz and lichen
- 8 March 2002
this tilting stone looks down upon Tingwall airport. its probably just possible to see the other standing stone across the valley and voe from here as you can just see the tip of this stone from there if you know what you're looking for
directions: near Whiteness, off-of the road toward Tingwall and Lerwick. adjacent to the hotel, leave the road and walk toward the top of the hill'