Sunday, 16 September 2012

To Go Over the Eight

These sheep on the Shetland Mainland can look over to Papa Stour where the current human population is now only four times their number. The ferry from West Burrafirth (below) operates daily, but with the opportunity of day-trips on only Fridays and Saturdays. Shetland News carries an informative and passionate plea for something to happen to boost numbers and restore an old, or create a new, pattern of life. Here is an island that could be either at the end of its tether or getting things together. There is land, houses, a road, an airstrip, terminal ports to serve it, an efficient ferry to reach it, a 'moth-balled' school, a church and centre of information, internet connections and a way of life waiting to be revived. Who can resist?

Scottish Islands Explorer - proposing an opportunity


Anonymous said...

Do you know where I can find out more about this?

Anonymous said...

Do you know where I can find out more about this?

Scottish Islands Explorer said...

I suggest that you start with the ever helpful Wikipedia at:

Continue with the positive blog:

and then, on the negative side, google the disputes that are well-documented.

The letter that has led to this item appeared recently in The Shetland Times. Perhaps, email the editor or call the paper on 1595 693622 to follow up your interest? They should respond as this is a matter of concern on their patch.