Complete Change of Scenery

Today I needed a change of scenery.  I didn’t want to be at home.  I wanted to see a completely different place so Flossie and I headed off to Whalsay – the sixth largest island of the Shetland Islands.

It is also known locally as “The Bonnie Isle”.

We were visiting an old friend and so, first things first, we went to find some lunch.  There was a pop-up Café at Livister Youth & Community Centre.

(These are the photos after a herd of folk had swarmed by for lunch and/or take-away)

We easily found a spare table and had a delicious lunch.  There had obviously been some serious cake-making and so we had to do it justice.  Only polite, really!

Homemade soup, amazing homebakes with decent portions.  We were stuffed!

Afterwards, we went for a drive.  Whalsay is situated on the east side of Shetland.  It is a peat-covered island, with history going back to Neolithic times.


Our guide, friend and native Shetlander told us that these small traditional circular stone enclosures are called “Planticrubs”.  They were used in Shetland for sheltering and raising young cabbage plants.

We drove around the island – it didn’t take long – 7.6 square miles.

Whalsay is only 30 minutes by ferry from the mainland, which can be a tad bouncy.

Anyway, it was nice to be away from home.  Daisy was kindly holding the fort as well as Her Maj.  We did not bring her cake and now I feel bad but I doubt it would’ve made it home.

10 thoughts on “Complete Change of Scenery

  1. Cathy

    I completely understand your need to get away today of all days. We all find different ways to cope, and I’m glad you had kind friends and company. Love to you all. xx

  2. Terri

    Change of scenery is a great idea — glad you got away with Flossie. The lovely food (and cake!) must have been restorative too. Nice to see Highland Coos on Whalsey! Take it easy….

  3. misty

    Shame I wasn’t around – should be back for your next visit to Whalsay. Plan to re-open Da Auld Shop late April/May. Look forward to seeing you. xx

    1. Frances Post author

      I would’ve loved to see you and really wanted to visit your shop (which locals said was a huge success!). I did look for any cars but saw none so reckoned you were south. Next time xx

  4. Louise Stopford

    Sounds like you and Flossie had a lovely day trip out. It is lovely to see photo’s of another Shetland Island – always love looking at the scenery (and wishing I could be there). Hope it did you the world of good to get away for the day. Kind wishes.


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