Sunday was a “rest day” and yesterday was a “travel day,” but today I arrive as near to the edge of the world as I have probably ever been.
Last night I took the overnight ferry from Aberdeen to Lerwick in the Shetland Islands. I’ll be spending most of the first day in and around Lerwick seeing nerdy Viking and pre-Viking stuff, loading up on supplies, and then hopping on a bus for the village (that may be generous!) of Eshaness.
In Eshaness I’ll be spending three days in what, all over the UK is called a “wigwam.” I’ll leave the historical inaccuracy/cultural insensitivity of that term for another time and simply say that it looks like this on the outside:
And on the inside it looks like this:
The seats in the back of the photo slide down to form a sleeping platform. I’ll have heat, lights, a kettle, and the small fridge you see in the foreground- showers and laundry facilities are in a separate building.
The wigwam will be my “base camp” as I plan to spend my days walking some of the amazing cliffside trails that originate near Eshaness.
Oh, how far out will I be? Well, Lerwick is 100 miles north of the Scottish mainland and Eshaness is a further 50 miles NNE east of there. Did somebody say “alone time?”