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Walking around Sumburgh Head and the lighthouse in Shetland, Scotland.

My very first excursion brought me to Sumburgh Head and the lighthouses, which was actually due to missing the turn to Jarlshof, but I didn´t mind.

Sumburgh Head is the southern tip of Shetland, has 100 m high cliffs, two lighthouses (you could rent the big one), lots of sheep and wildflowers, stunning views and is a bird nature reserve.

Walking around Sumburgh Head and the lighthouse in Shetland, Scotland.

I was so excited about the smell of the sea, the views and all the sheep that I forgot to watch out for Puffins, I have to do that at my next stay if we both visit at the same time.

Steep cliffs at Sumburgh Head support a large seabird colony, with each seabird species occupying different areas of the cliff. The sandy soils of the cliff tops are perfect for puffins to dig their burrows, and lots of passerines such as twites, wrens and rock pipits use the stone dykes, rocky cliff face and grassy cliff tops for nesting and feeding. (Rspb.com)

Walking around Sumburgh Head and the lighthouse in Shetland, Scotland.

Walking around Sumburgh Head and the lighthouse in Shetland, Scotland.

It was a lovely little walk around the head and my first encounter with lots of different birds. Over the next weeks, I started to get to know the names and different species. From the tiny storm petrels to shags and many more. Seeing puffins, later on, was definitely a highlight.

Walking around Sumburgh Head and the lighthouse in Shetland, Scotland.Walking around Sumburgh Head and the lighthouse in Shetland, Scotland.

Walking around Sumburgh Head and the lighthouse in Shetland, Scotland.

Walking around Sumburgh Head and the lighthouse in Shetland, Scotland.

Nearby Sumburgh Head is Sumburgh Airport, one actually has to cross the landing strip to go to Jarlshof and Sumburgh Head. It is a bit of a different junction than usually.

And right next to the airport was my very first beach with Caribbean feeling, white sands and turquoise water, just a bit loud due to all the helicopters landing and flying.

My first lovely tiny house, a former shed, was situated between the villages Sandwick and  Hoswick about a 20 to 30-minute drive from Lerwick. Da Peerie Hoose is a lovely and quirky place and I can highly recommend it. This former shed or barn was lovingly restored by Arlene and her husband and it is the cosiest place.

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After getting a bit refreshed and having some breakfast, I was ready to explore the immediate neighbourhood. Just down the street was the village shop, I learned to love these little village shops, often community-owned, which seem to have everything. In the other direction, the path brought me towards Hoswick, the lovely Hoswick visitor centre and the local beach. The honesty cake box behind the visitor centre was, unfortunately, empty but seems to be highly recommended when you´re in the area. (Honesty boxes were something else I fell in love with).

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There are no trees in Shetland but lots and lots of flowers, often even wild orchids.

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Finally back at the sea!

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After my little walk, I decided to drive to Sumburgh Head – way down in the south of Shetland.

On the way, I passed Mousa Island and another stunning beach.

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Mousa Island

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