Tuesday travels. . . Tomnahurich, Hill of the Fairies, Inverness

Yes it is cemetery gates and you may be asking what this has to do with our travels.  Tomnahurich, Hill of the Fairies, is a place I visited as a child when I was on a caravaning holiday with my father and brother and sisters.  I remember enjoying wandering around the hillside reading the inscriptions on the gravestones and being surprised at how many were memorials for young people.  The cemetery is very old and so the gravestones go back many years to when infant death was common.  The cemetery had a lasting impression on me and that is why I wanted to revisit it.

We were staying in Inverness and I convinced my husband that it would be a good idea to see if we could locate the cemetery and we started off by walking along the banks of the river Ness.

We then visited the Botanical Gardens.

We followed along the banks of the Caledonian Canal and came across a swing bridge just as it was being opened.

after which we caught a glimpse of the cemetery.The view from the top of the cemetery is lovely, you wouldn’t think you were in a city.There is a wonderful website that tells you all about the Fairy Hill and I encourage you to read it.  It will help you understand why I wanted to make the trip back to the cemetery.

 

Tuesday Travels. . .Whaligoe Steps, Caithness

On the map the Whaligoe Steps can be found at  “The Haven”.

When we returned to mainland Scotland after our trip to Shetland we stayed with my cousins at Burrigle, Forse.  We were fortunate to have our cousins show us around the lesser known parts of the countryside and the Whaligoe Steps were something I wanted to see.  I had not visited them when I used to go as a child on holiday to Burrigle so was happy to get the opportunity to visit them and learn a bit about their history.The steep steps down to the harbour are daunting at first sight but it is not too difficult a climb and well worth the effort. You can click on each photo to see more detail.

It is hard to believe that the women used to carry the baskets of herring back up the 300 steps to the top of the cliff.

The history of the Whaligoe Steps is fully described on this site at Undiscovered Scotland.

This is part of undiscovered Scotland that you definitely should see.

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.

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.)