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Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Sumburgh a short saunter

Bruce takes a short stroll before work in Shetland unfortunately he forgot his Smidge !!!
Kenneth McKellar couldn't make it but sent a warning in Song about some of the local wildlife.

Sumburgh Head is located at the southern tip of the Shetland Mainland in northern Scotland. The head is a 100 m high rocky spur capped by the Sumburgh Head Lighthouse. The Old Norse name was Dunrøstar høfdi, it means "The Head onto the loud tide-race", referring to the noise of Sumburgh Roost. The cliffs are home to large numbers of seabirds and the area is an RSPB nature reserve.
Robert Stevenson was the engineer in charge of building the Sumburgh Head lighthouse. Work started on the building in 1819, and the light was first lit in 1821. As well as birds, it has become a popular viewing point for whales and dolphins.
Close to the head is the archaeological site of Jarlshof, at which a series of settlements existed dating back to the Neolithic period.
Jarlshof is the best known prehistoric archaeological site in Shetland, Scotland and has been described as "one of the most remarkable archaeological sites ever excavated in the British Isles" It contains remains dating from 2500 BC up to the 17th century AD.
The Bronze Age settlers left evidence of several small oval houses with thick stone walls and various artefacts including a decorated bone object. The Iron Age ruins include several different types of structure including a broch and a defensive wall around the site. The Pictish period provides various works of art including a painted pebble and a symbol stone. The Viking age ruins make up the largest such site visible anywhere in Britain and include a longhouse; excavations provided numerous tools and a detailed insight into life in Shetland at this time. The most visible structures on the site are the walls of the Scottish period fortified manor house, which inspired the name "Jarlshof" that first appears in an 1821 novel by Walter Scott.
Not much chance of getting lost


Sumburgh Head & Light House

Looking Down on Puffins, Guillemot's, Skua's & Fulmar's  
Oh well better go and do some work.

Thursday, 31 March 2016

Easter in the Highlands

Las Ramblas Ramblers head back to Inverness-shire for an Easter Promenade
Linda, Neil, Alfie, Marion, Bruce, Jill, Andy, Kevin, Sally & Bob take a circular forest walk near Kiltarlity. Unfortunately Slowhand was busy Chasing Eggs down a hill.

Heading for the Woods

Passing Place
Looking North
Ready for the Chop or the Tony Orlando fan club are about
Alfie & Neil take a short rest
Path Starting to get a bit Soggy
Sally brining up the  rear
Marion & Neil negotiate a path through the Soggy Ground
Time for Tea

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

A Few New Year Saunters up North

Las Ramblas head to Inverness-shire for a Trio of saunters, Clint Eastwood  failed to turn up when we walked through the woods
Andy, Jill, Kay, Kevin, Linda, Neil, Sam, Alfie, Marion, Bruce, Sally & Daisy share three walks over the New Year Festivities
Route 1 & 2
Route 3
The First view of 2016
Looking South
Turning Point
Entrance to the Cathedral
Ooooh it's dark in here
Ramblers remain in the light
Marion avoids the Swamp
Linda strides out
Sam tries a new look
Unidentified First Foot

Saturday, 3 October 2015

2015 World Stone Skimming Championships

Las Ramblas Ramblers (Stone Skimming Division) make the annual pilgrimage to Easdale Island for the World Stone Skimming Championships. Transit failed to join us as they wanted the name Americanised to Stone Skipping .

Approaching the Arena
Alfie's 45 meter throw taking 2nd in the Boys 10-15  
Marion's 8 meter attempt at winning the Puffin
Jill's 17 meter Puffin Winning toss
Deep Joy entertain on the Rocks
Sam with his 14 meter Attempt
Neil throw's 34 meters to try and secure the Budgie
Andy secures the Budgie with his 52 meter toss
Alfie receives his award from Bertie founder of the modern Championship 
Time to head back to The Oyster for the Budgie & Puffin Presentations

Puffin Result
Jill       17 meters
Marion   8 meters

Budgie Result
Andy     52 meters
Alfie      45 meters
Kevin    37 meters
Neil       34 meters
Bruce    33 meters
Sam      14 meters

Team Result
(New name to reflect the non appearance of our International Competitor)
10th Chas Boshell's Welsh Wonders   294 meters 

Once again we have to Thank Mellon & his Crew for Organising the event
The Staff of the Puffer Bar for helping to keep us hydrated
The Staff of the Oyster Bar for keeping us Hydrated & Fed
Steve, Trish, Gillian & Angus at the wonderful Garragh Mhor

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Bridge over the Atlantic and Anchorage circuit, Isle of Seil

Las Ramblas Stone Skimming Division take a pre-skim stroll over the Atlantic
Linda, Neil, Sam, Alfie, Marion, Bruce, Kevin, Andy, Jill, Sally & Daisy were supposed to meet up  with Ringo Starr but he missed the Bus in Oban and couldn't find his own way to Seil.
Ten miles South of Oban you come across a minor road heading west signposted to Easdale and, more intriguingly, to the Atlantic Bridge. This is a diversion worth taking. The road leads to the Island of Seil, the most northerly of the Slate Isles
Clachan Bridge
Opinions differ about whether Seil should be counted as an island at all. The Atlantic Bridge or "Bridge Over the Atlantic" mentioned on the signpost links Seil to the mainland. It is more properly known as the Clachan Bridge and was built in 1792 for the sum of £450.
The single arch of the bridge is 72ft wide and is steeply humped to provide a clearance above high water of 28ft to avoid obstructing the passage of small vessels. Originally designed to have two arches by John Stevenson of Oban, the plans were amended to the single arch that was built by Robert Mylne.  The rare Fairy Foxglove (Erinus alpinus) covers the bridge in a gentle purple haze in the early summer.
Tigh an Truish Inn
Just over the bridge you come to the attractive and welcoming Tigh an Truish Inn. The name means house of the trousers and comes from the period after the 1745 rebellion when kilts were banned. This was the place where islanders heading for the mainland (then without the benefit of the bridge) were said to have swapped their kilts for trousers.
Heading away from the Pub!!!!

Alfie, Sam, Neil, Jill & Sally
View Over to Mull
Time to start back toward the Tihg an Truish
Wee Blue Butterfly
And a Red One
Time to take in the delights of the Tigh an Truish then head over to Ellenabeich for some last minute training in the Oyster Bar