Tuesday Travels. . .The Scalloway Museum, Shetland

I loved this caption.

This small museum is a definite stopping place if you visit Shetland.  It is only a small museum but there is so much to look at and read.  There is an excellent section on the story of the Shetland Bus.  I knew a little about it from fiction I had read which was set in Shetland but I learned so much more while in the museum. The museum’s website gives an excellent overview of the story of the Shetland Bus.

The displays on textiles, particularly knitting, were very informative.  You can click on the pictures to enlarge them. I also enjoyed the displays about the herring industry.

The section for children was an absolute delight.

Take the time to visit this museum, there is a lot of information to take on board.

The Shetland Textile Museum. . . .Tuesday Travels

I had read about the Shetland Textile Museum before we visited Shetland so it was one of the places on my list that I had to visit.  The bod is a restored fishing station and is the birthplace of Arthur Anderson who gifted Queen Victoria some stockings in fine Shetland lace.

Out front of the bod is this wonderful example of Shetland lace adapted for another purpose.

Outside were a couple of beautiful Fair Isle jumpers on display.

The lace work was magnificent and this is just a small sample.

So many examples of beautiful fair isle work.

The guernsey in this picture is similar to one I knitted for my grandson when he was younger.

The pattern I used was Debbie Bliss Denim Herringbone Sweater from the book Debbie Bliss Family Collection.

The bod had a wonderful display of all sorts of knitting and weaving and there were working displays too.  We also saw some taatit rugs which are a type of bedcovering.  You can read about them here.

Looking at these berets now I feel happy with the Sheeps Heid I made when I got back to Australia.

Little did we know that after visiting the textile museum we would be able to see even more examples of Shetland textiles when we visited the Shetland Museum and Archives.

Tuesday Travels. . .More of Shetland

We were in Shetland for nine days and we enjoyed every minute of it.  We were staying in an apartment called Fort Charlotte Apartments.  It was ideal for our purposes.  It was right in the centre of town next to the Fort, hence its name. Our apartment  can be seen to the right of the photo.  The window beneath the stack of eight chimneys belongs to our apartment.

 Fort Charlotte is obviously no longer used as a fort but the building is still there and stands watch over the harbour.

The centre of Lerwick is virtually car free and so there was no car noise in our apartment.

Close by was the local fish and chip shop which seemed to do a roaring trade every day so we made sure we sampled their fare one night.

This view from our apartment window lets you see how close we were to the town centre.

Our apartment was the ideal base for exploring Shetland.  More on my next Tuesday Travels.

(You can always click on the photos if you need to enlarge them to read details.)

Welcome to Shetland. . .Tuesday Travels

This welcome sign is in the town of Lerwick.  We arrived in Lerwick aboard one of the Northlink ferries.

The day we arrived the weather was beautiful.

Lerwick One day while we were exploring the area around the harbour at the centre of the town we saw several of the tender vessels which were used to ferry passengers from the large cruise ship which was anchored in the bay.

Lerwick is a lovely town with many quaint buildings and narrow cobbled streets. This laneway was a delight.

Many of you would know of the TV series called “Shetland” based on the books by Ann Cleeves.While we were in Shetland I was fortunate to be able to attend this evening with Ann Cleeves, an added bonus on our trip to Shetland.  We were also able to see part of an episode being filmed while we were there.

You will recognize this house if you have watched the series.

This next building is the Police station in the series.We spent nine days in Shetland and loved every minute.  More in the next post.


Gearrannan Blackhouse Village, Lewis. . .Tuesday Travels

The Gearrannan Blackhouse Village is located on the island of Lewis quite near to the Callanais Standing Stones and the Carloway Broch.This excerpt is from the information board displayed at the village.It was like stepping back in time when we went inside the houses.

This was a photo of two of the last residents of the village and they reminded me so much of my Auntie Maggie and Auntie Georgie who use to live at Boultach in the highlands of Caithness.

The houses have been restored and some are furnished as they were when they were lived in for the last time.  Others have been restored and updated to be rented out as holiday accommodation and one is a hostel and another is a museum.

An old loom in one of the buildings.You can see the updated skylights in one of the holiday accommodation blackhouses here.

If you ever get to Lewis this is a place you must visit.

Calanais Standing Stones. . . .Tuesday Travels

While on the island of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides we made sure that we visited the Calanais Standing Stones. 

You can see the approaching storm and we were lucky that we were able to duck back to the visitors centre while the storm lasted. The skies literally opened and the wind blew a gale.  The visitors’ centre is the dark roofed building.

The stones have quite a history as they were erected about 5000 years ago and predate Stonehenge.  You can read in detail the history of the stones on the website link at the beginning of this post.

I have to admit that I kept thinking about “Outlander” while we were there.  I haven’t watched the series but I did start to read the first book.  I will need to return to the book at some stage.  This is the cover for the Italian edition.After walking around the stones you can certainly see why the stones were a place of  ritual.