We started our final tour of Lerwick at the Clickimin Broch. This is in the loch next to Tesco - very handy. They've done it really well - at last a broch that you can go into, look around and really see how these amazing structures work.
There's a helpful notice explaining what is where and a little of the history of the place, but then you're left to your own imagination.
On the way back to the car, we saw this blast from the past ... only people our age would remember this petrol station sign, so it was great to see one still in place.
Clearly, "National Petroleum" don't sell petrol in the UK any more - not under that name anyway, but maybe they still exist somewhere.
The distictive logo was state of the art at the time!
Then on to the Shetland Museum and Archives. An amazing, amazing place and we wondered if we should have come here first since it answered many questions that we'd come up with during the week ... but then again, at the beginning of our week we hadn't the questions! The museum is free, beautifully presented and hugely informative. The history of the islands from their geological past, through the social and cultural history of the various groups of people who have made their home here, to the oil and the wealth it has brought here are all covered in depth. All the exhibits are great, but one "stand out" is the display and video explaining the Sullom Voe Oil and Gas Terminal, which explains clearly and objectively the building of the terminal and its impact (both positive and negative) on the islands (this video is available on-line herehttps://www.bpvideolibrary.com/record/477). There's too much here in the museum to take in during one visit! It would need a good couple of days ... and that's before you get to the archive! They also have a fabulous cafe who do really good lunches. Well worth a visit ... or two!
|Looking back to Lerwick|
|Passing Lerwick Victoria Pier|
|As we went south, we passed Fair Isle - the southernmost of the Shetland Islands.|