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The Shetland Islands

Orkney and ShetlandOrkney and Shetland together consist of more than 170 islands and islets. Once remote from outside influence, they are now reaping the benefits of parliamentary devolution, oil, tourism and modern communications, while still managing to preserve their individual characters and traditions unspoilt by commercialisation. The islands have much to offer the discerning visitor. Nature lovers will find wild flowers, some of which are found nowhere else on earth, and land and marine wildlife including whales, dolphins and otters. Fishermen can catch fighting trout and salmon in the lochs while divers will find clean water plus the prospect of diving for treasure off Shetland. Bird watchers can see merlins, skuas, puffins, fulmars and kittiwakes while those interested in history will find the richest archaeological legacy in the British Isles, including ancient stone circles, standing stones, burial chambers and Viking treasures. Walkers, cyclists, canoeists, yachtsmen and kayakers can all pursue their individual sports in the islands stunning countryside. Scottish Islands, Orkney and Shetland, will lead the visitor to sights and places that might otherwise be missed, including how to book a bed in a lighthouse or a castle, where to find the best preserved Stone Age village in Europe, how to find the best of the islands traditional folk music and where to buy the finest Shetland jerseys and lace. Orkney and Shetland: Scottish Islands (Scottish Islands: Orkney & Shetland).

 

Ancient Shetland

Ancient Shetland (Historic Scotland S.) Covering a timespan of 8000 years, from Mesolithic times up to the Viking and Norse period, this exploration of ancient Shetland investigates: death and ritual in Neolithic times; domestic life in the Bronze Age; unsettled times in the Iron Age; and the Picts and Christians.

Orkney and Shetland Sea KayakingOrkney and Shetland Sea Kayaking. Their relative isolation, stunning scenery and Norse history make Orkney and Shetland a very special place. For the avid sea kayaker island archipelagos are very rewarding, none more so than these. Illustrated with superb colour photographs and useful maps throughout, this book is a practical guide to help you select and plan trips. It will provide inspiration for future voyages and a souvenir of journeys undertaken. As well as providing essential information on where to start and finish, distances, times and tidal information, this book does much to stimulate interest in the environment. It is full of facts and anecdotes about local history, geology, scenery, seabirds and sea mammals. The Northern Isles: Orkney and Shetland Sea Kayaking.

Early English Settlement of Orkney and ShetlandEarly English Settlement of Orkney and Shetland. In this new book by one of Britain's foremost experts in mediaeval linguistics and history, Dr Graeme Davis counters popular historical belief by proposing that there was a Saxon settlement in both Orkney and Shetland during the fourth century AD. The Saxons were a minority group, and were ultimately subsumed into the Norwegian Viking population which migrated to the islands from around AD 790, but they had a four-hundred year presence in the islands, and constitute one of the first English settlements in the British Isles. Basing his thesis on extensive linguistic, historical and archaeological research, Dr Davis challenges some of the longest held beliefs about the settlement of Orkney and Shetland and casts a new light on the origins and history of the first island settlers. The Early English Settlement of Orkney and Shetland.

The Shetland IslesThe Shetland Isles Shetland is a lively and fascinating place with a distinctive culture. Liv Schei explores the history, folklore and landscape of the islands of Shetland. Illustrated by Gunnie Moberg's photography, the book also focuses on many of the characters who have peopled the islands, and shows how past and present influences have combined to make Shetland what it is today.

Early Congregational Independency in ShetlandEarly Congregational Independency in Shetland Early Congregational Independency in Shetland seeks to rescue from obscurity a much overlooked aspect of life in early nineteenth century Shetland. The book covers the Congregational witness from its inception until around 1867, when Scottish Congregationalism in general had ceased to be the vibrant body of its youth. The book draws on the labours of the first generation of congregational preachers and gives a new insight into the Christian lives of Shetlanders during this period.

Scotlands Northern LightsScotland's Northern Lights: Lighthouses of the Orkney and Shetland Islands Some of Scotland's and the world's most spectacular lighthouses are located in the Northern Isles. This books discusses all 21 major lighthouses in the area most of which were built by the famous Stevenson family of lighthouses. The first and last Stevenson-engineered lighthouses are among them.

A Year at the LighthouseA Year at the Lighthouse This is the true story of how a 61-year-old American woman lived alone for a year at a remote North Atlantic lighthouse called Eshaness in Scotland's most northerly territory, the Shetland Islands. It provides a day-by-day account of the events and the author's feelings during her stay. Written in a positive, candid, often humorous manner, the story encompasses a diverse array of events and happenings, including raising three orphaned lambs that became Sharma's pets and main characters in the book; the arrival of thousands of birds in Spring; and an attempt to start a garden at the lighthouse for the first time. Visits of family and friends punctured the isolation, as did the Amateur Radio Lighthouse Society's international weekend event in which Eshaness participated by operating an open house. Hundreds of people from Shetland and beyond attended and GB2ELH (Great Britain 2 Eshaness Lighthouse) had a total of 555 radio contacts over the weekend in 48 countries, including 43 lighthouses in 21 countries. The book describes how winter storms shattered the rural quiet in November, while tragedy struck in Michigan: Kiri, Sharma's much-loved dog and companion for 11 years was killed and her husband, Dean, injured. Returning to the United States for Thanksgiving and Christmas, Krauskopf doubted whether she could cope with Eshaness any longer. Nevertheless, she did return and her trip back became a four-day adventure that features in the book.

Folklore of Orkney and ShetlandThe Folklore of Orkney and Shetland The two island groups of Orkney and Shetland have much in common. Yet, surprisingly the customs of both islands vary markedly, part of the very different styles of life of both communities, one living in a much harsher landscape than the other. This work explores the lore and custom of both The Orkney Islands and the Shetland Islands.

Birds of Shetland

Birds of Shetland (Country Avifaunas S.) Shetland has always been synonymous with exciting birding. The islands are nationally important for their 21 species of breeding seabirds, and other extremely rare or sporadic British breeders such as the Red-necked phalarope and Snowy Owl. They are also much-visited by passage migrants. In particular, Fair Isle rivals the Isles of Scilly as the place for keen listers to go in the autumn, and this picturesque little island, with its famous bird observatory, regularly hosts extreme rarities. Following the style of "Birds of Norfolk" and "Birds of Suffolk", this avifauna looks in depth at the status, distribution and abundance, past and present, of every bird recorded in Shetland. Population trends for breeders and regular visitors are analysed, and a detailed breakdown of all Shetland records is presented for the rarities.

A Naturalist's Shetland

A Naturalist's Shetland (Poyser Natural... History) One of Britain's natural treasures, the Shetland Islands are spectacular with their varied geology, wonderful landscape, and special flora and fauna. They are peopled by a culture distinct within the British Isles. Despite their isolation, the islands have evolved many particular species. This book is only the second to describe all the wildlife of the Shetland Islands and the first to comprehensively cover their history since the last Ice Age, as well as the human impacts of the Neolithic, Bronze, and Iron Age cultures and the Norse influences from Scandinavia.

Sketches and Tales of the Shetland....

Shetland: Island Guide (Colin Baxter... Photography)

The Norn Language of Orkney and Shetland.

" In a World a Wir Ane: A Shetland... Herring Girl's Story.

E.B.Jamieson: Anatomist and Shetlander.

Images of Shetland

Images of Shetland A collection of images and thoughts on Shetland life. The book contains pictures of wildlife, landscapes in all weathers, Shetland folk going about their everyday business and boats of all types.

Shetland Land of the Ocean

Shetland: Land of the Ocean Featuring stunning photographs by Colin Baxter and an essay by Jim Crumley, this large-format book really gives the full flavour of these wonderful islands.

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