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Scalloway




Scalloway

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We tied up alongside the Scalloway Boating Club pontoon and were made very welcome. It was the evening of a sea-fishing competition and a bag of lovely fresh pollack was put aboard for us while we were in the bar. Scalloway is the ancient capital of Shetland but, other than a large harbour and a ruined castle, seems to have little of interest for the visitor – except the little Shetland Bus museum, when open. There are some pleasant walks, though. Next day, we were joined by ‘Ice Maiden’, 49ft go-anywhere steel sloop, sister ship to ‘Maiden’ which raced round the world with Tracy Edwards and an all-women crew some years ago. Ice Maiden has been south to South Georgia and north to Spitsbergen, and we have just realised that Shetland is nearer to the North Pole than South Georgia is to the South Pole. With the strong, cold wind today, we can believe it!

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