Living here in Britain, an island nation, I’m always tempted at the idea of going to the islands around our coasts. Some are easy to visit and others require a bit more effort. I’ve been to a few over the years: the Isle of Wight and the Isle of Man, but I’d like to visit some of the more outlying islands.
My first destination would be St.Kilda. Getting there is quite an exercise. There are boat trips; they take all day; only go in good weather; and you need to get to Skye or Harris first to get on them. St.Kilda is the remotest part of the British Isles (it’s 41 miles from the nearest British island) and was occupied up until 1930. You can go to see the houses where people used to live and you can see the sea birds who now have the island pretty much to themselves. I imagine that life here must have been hard and I expect the deserted houses are very evocative of that lost era.
When we were planning our trip that took us to the Isle of Man, we very nearly went to the Channel Islands instead. I’d love to visit all of them, but I’m picking out Jersey as my second destination because it’s the most southerly point. Exploring somewhere that is British and yet a little French has an appeal, as does finding about the history of the island including the German occupation in World War Two. I think H would like to learn more about that too.
For my third travel bucket list destination I am heading as far north as you can go in the British Isles to Unst in the Shetland Islands. The Shetlands generally are known for their prehistoric sites, some of which are quite spectacular, but there are some modern-day ones too like Bobby’s Bus Shelter on Unst. Living on a remote Scottish island like this must be so different to my city lifestyle in Brum, I think it would be a real breath of fresh air.
This is my entry into the Transun Northern Lights blogger competition. #TransunLights