The Edge of the World, Eshaness


My day started at 4:30 am when the moon was blasting across the water into The Booth.

This day was to bring many spectacular things starting with the crazy big moonlight, I then saw my first sun bathing seal in the Scalloway Bay. It is not uncommon to see seals in the water, I see them almost everyday and it does feel quite special but the images of a seal head popping out of the water is fairly anti-climactic to the extraordinary animals they are.

To get to the edge of the world you have to pass through the most narrow part of the Shetland Island called the Mavis Grind. (pronounced like Grin with a d) The Atlantic ocean is on one side and the North Sea on the other.

It's a spectacle that I didn't photograph well but if you click on the link you can get a more narrative sort of image of the ocean and the sea at the same time.

We had the most beautiful calm and bright day to see this northern part of the Mainland of Shetland. I also had the extreme privilege of being accompanied by a local, Nat Hall who guided us through her beloved home. Her enthusiasm for this place is easy to understand on a day like this, in a place like this.

This road foreshadows the breathtaking edge we approach as we head to Eshaness. Glacial lakes, extreme blue skies filled with cloud islands and blinding sun that makes the land masses black and the sun an impossible white glare.


The photographs are only a small fraction of the experience. They fail in so many ways to describe the place you can feel with all your senses. The texture of the light, the freshness of the air, the vertigo from height, depth and bigness of the sky. A place carved from volcanic activity and glacial movements formed over millions of years. You feel all that standing in this place.

I was so fortunate to have such a beautiful day to see the unbelievable landscape.