Why the devil helped to build a church

I was going through some old holiday photos the other day and came across this cheeky little fellow: I posted him on my Instagram account, but couldn't remember much about him, except that I'd snapped him in the northern German town of Lubeck several years ago.  (There's an umlaut on that 'u', by the way, [...]


Four seasons in a day at Peterhead

Okay, I'm exaggerating a little there - we didn't get snow and we didn't get a heatwave.  But we did get pretty much everything else, from flat grey skies to pouring rain, and then when that cleared, sunshine and a gale force wind. Interestingly, it was quite a choppy trip down from Lerwick overnight but [...]

Thursday: Discovering Fetlar

Things gradually calmed down overnight after our exciting trip to St Kilda, as we chugged steadily north-westwards for our first ever visit to the Shetland islands.  The heavy swell still had the last word, though, as we were three hours late getting to our destination: the small, northern Shetland island of Fetlar. This was a real [...]

A Wild Wednesday on St Kilda

Overnight from Orkney the weather really started to deteriorate.  This shouldn't have mattered, as our itinerary showed us heading north to calmer waters, before turning south-west on a course for the remote island of St Kilda.  However, for reasons known only to himself, the ship's captain decided to cut the corner by sailing through the [...]