This month we have not one but three favourite walks for you.
Yell-based writer Alastair Christie-Johnston marks our special North Isles themed issue by sharing his top three hikes in Unst, Yell and Fetlar.
Alastair’s Unst walk takes in the splendid Easting beach. To find out his choices for Yell and Fetlar, you’ll need to buy July’s magazine!
Our trip to Yell for this month’s Northern Isles issue took place in less-than-sparkling weather, but this didn’t matter one bit because we happened to be visiting a real-life treasure trove and its sparkling owner, the artist and maker Jeanette Nowak.
Actually, Jeanette matter-of-factly refers to her treasure trove as a “shed”, but you can make up your own mind about which term you prefer when you read our feature “The Shedologist of Yell” on page 4 of this month’s magazine.
Huge thanks to Jeanette for her kind hospitality throughout the visit and to Charlie Inskter for the accompanying photographs.
Are you heading to UnstFest this month? If so, get set for a jam-packed few days. The programme looks incredible: with everything from Flamenco classes to guided walks, to clothes swaps and mystery tours there’s surely something for even the most jaded of festival goers. A copy of the Shetland Life makes for essential festival reading: in this issue you can find out about the island which (quite possibly) inspired Robert Louis Stevenson’s famous novel, go behind the scenes at the UK’s most northerly tearoom and enjoy some nostalgic photographs of Unst (courtesy of Dennis Coutts).
There’s plenty of reasons to visit Yell this summer too. Apart from the obvious attractions such as West Sandwick and Breckon Beaches, Yell boats numerous cultural distractions such as The Shetland Gallery and The Old Haa museum and Heritage Centre. Now that recently opened diner L J’s is getting rave reviews, you’ll be able to factor a delicious meal into your trip too.
Although we could have found enough North Isles content to fill a year’s worth of magazines, you’ll find that other parts of Shetland are also well represented within our July issue. Look out for South Mainland legend Leonard Christie sharing the tracks of his life with Jeff Merrifield. We’re also hanging out in the Lerwick lanes with local artist Avril Thomson, spending time in the seas around Shetland (admiring jellyfish) with Richard Shucksmith and at the Hillswick Wildlife sanctuary with Katrina Williamson.
Wishing all of our readers a warm and wonderful July. Next month, we’ll be going full steam ahead for our special nautical issue.
Don’t miss it!