One of those truly stunning days yet again in Shetland yesterday.

We set off for Sandness Hill from the old click mills at Huxter. The blues of the sea at Bay of Deepdale just seemed too blue to be real, while great and Arctic skuas wheeled overhead.

High up near the summit, a pair of golden plovers played the old ‘I’ve got a damaged wing, come and get me’ routine in an obvious ploy to get us away from their chicks which must have been hidden nearby, while coming down off the north side of the hill curlew, oystercatcher, redshank, snipe and whimbrel seemed to be everywhere.

Climbing 'The Cup' above Hesti Geo on Sandness Hill, with Foula in the distance
Climbing ‘The Cup’ above Hesti Geo on Sandness Hill, with Foula in the distance
The Bay of Deepdale
The Bay of Deepdale
Nearing the summit of Sandness Hill
Nearing the summit of Sandness Hill
The summit of Sandness Hill, with the spectacular view northwards to the island of Papa Stour
The summit of Sandness Hill, with the spectacular view northwards to the island of Papa Stour

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