Rescued seals and coastal hikes | Shetland

Eshaness is considered to be a must visit area in Shetland. It sits on the north western tip of the mainland on an area of old volcanic activity. We arrived in the evening so we slept in the carpark with the lighthouse beam sweeping past our window every minute or so. The carpark was high…

Tracking otters on the Shetland Islands

Shetland has the highest population of otters in Europe, and its one of the few places where they’re active during the day time. Seeing as we weren’t having much luck on the orca front (who appear to of vanished for our entire stay) we’re spending a lot of our time looking for otters. We’ve learnt…

Hiking and exploring Yell Island | Shetland

Our first stop on the island of Yell was a hike around Breckon Beach, a stunning stretch of white sand and turquoise water nestled in an inlet. We were enjoying watching the gentle waves lapping the shore when we were rudely interrupted by the screeching noise of artic terns. We were attacked by these birds…

Puffins, gannets and idyllic beaches | Unst Island, Shetland

Hermaness Nature Reserve is situated at the most northern part of Britain on the island of Unst. The sea cliffs are home to thousands of nesting birds including puffins and gannets. A boardwalk led us across the moorland until we arrived on a grassy topped cliff with a huge drop down to the open sea….

A spontaneous decision to travel to the Shetland Islands

The possibility of seeing Orcas is all it took for us to book the 13 hour ferry from Aberdeen to Lerwick on the Shetland Islands. It was a very expensive ferry so in an attempt to keep the costs down we opted for the free recliner seats instead of a bed. There were about 15…

Exploring some unusual sights in Northern Wales

Holy Island was our next pit stop in Anglesey and we headed to the far north west corner to visit the South Stack lighthouse. It’s said to be one of the best places in the UK to witness sea birds, including puffins so I was rather excited. We walked through the countryside to reach the…

The best place to see dolphins in Wales

Cardigan Bay in Wales is said to have the biggest population of dolphins in Britain, and one of the best places to see them is from the town of New Quay. This was a spot we visited back in 2015, taking a dolphin viewing boat trip which wasn’t very riveting. But I remember the boat…

Basking seals and thatched houses | Roseland, Cornwall

We decided to explore Roseland, a lesser visited region in southern Cornwall and to get there we took a chain-ferry across a river estuary. A sign had the different prices: car or van £7 campervan or motorhome £10. Helga is actually very tiny compared to the big Mercedes sprinter vans that everyone seems to be…

Watching the playful Southern Right Whales in Argentina

The southern right whales swim from their feeding grounds around Antartica up towards the equator (but not too far north as their thick blubber isn’t designed for warm waters) for the mating season. The protected bays around Puerto Piramides are one of their chosen locations to give birth and during the Spring months the population…