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#1 niceday

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Posted 06 May 2006 - 11:30 AM

From yesterday's Guardian:

http://www.guardian....1767954,00.html

"...So where are the best places to head for this summer?...

2 The Shetland Islands

"The absolutely in place at the moment is Shetland," says Bob Macbeth, publisher of Travel GBI. "It's got the freshest air in Britain, bags of Viking history and great abbeys. The people are friendly, you can get back to nature, and it has the finest lamb you've ever tasted." Shetland is very proud of its indigenous breed of sheep, which have horns, short tails and double coats. They are small, hardy and very wild - so approach with care. The islands - which number around 100, of which only 15 are inhabited - have a population of 22,000. The numbers have barely increased over the past 200 years, and in the summer people are outnumbered 10 to one by puffins, which make Shetland their home from mid-April to mid-August. The islands have 900 miles of coastline, 138 beaches and 6,080 archaeological sites dating back as far as the Stone Age. Shetland is about to get direct flights from Stansted, but don't tell the stag parties."

Not sure I have ever seen an Abbey in Shetland, are there any? Also not sure stag parties would find it that interesting!

Good to see some positive publicity from the UK national press though, can't hurt.

#2 Jonners

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Posted 06 May 2006 - 01:03 PM

While I don't like to knock anyone who's talking up Shetland, poor old Bob Macbeth either has never been to Shetland or is a bit odd.

Even with the best will in the world nobody is going to be all that inspired by your atypical Shetland Parish 'abbey'. Last time I looked at the Brae Kirk I was mildly underwhelmed.

And I'm surprised he's latched on to the Shetland breed of sheep as a major tourist magnet. Is this really one of our strongest selling points?

As for the stag thing, I would contend the beer halls of Prague still have the edge in terms of splendour and cheapness over the delights of Da Wheel Bar. But maybe I'm just being defeatist.

#3 BigMouth

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Posted 06 May 2006 - 01:17 PM

He can't even be talking about the Abbey building society - the nearest one is Aberdeen!

#4 wally jumblat

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Posted 06 May 2006 - 03:22 PM

An Abbey in Shetland?

I assumed he was talking about one of our many world-famous taxi drivers.

#5 Atomic

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Posted 06 May 2006 - 05:33 PM

The islands.......have a population of 22,000.......and in the summer people are outnumbered 10 to one by puffins, which make Shetland their home from mid-April to mid-August.


Is nobody going to mention the 220,000 puffins??!!!

8O

#6 diminormite

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Posted 06 May 2006 - 05:34 PM

im not

#7 turrifield

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Posted 06 May 2006 - 05:45 PM

I am-
220,000 puffins

#8 diminormite

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Posted 06 May 2006 - 05:53 PM

anyone seen "guy x" did you see what they did to puffins

#9 Mhari P

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Posted 15 May 2006 - 03:24 PM

This article appeared in yesterday's Sunday Times and thankfully, no mention of abbeys :-)

http://www.timesonli...00-2177404.html

#10 niceday

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Posted 15 May 2006 - 03:59 PM

This article appeared in yesterday's Sunday Times and thankfully, no mention of abbeys :-)

http://www.timesonli...00-2177404.html


Wow - what a fantastic article. He really does appear to have been genuinely moved by the place. Good on him.

#11 Hambone

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Posted 15 May 2006 - 08:21 PM

http://shetlandtoday...ContentID=19196

How about this one though

#12 Fifi

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Posted 15 May 2006 - 09:03 PM

This article appeared in yesterday's Sunday Times and thankfully, no mention of abbeys :-)

http://www.timesonli...00-2177404.html


Wow - what a fantastic article. He really does appear to have been genuinely moved by the place. Good on him.

Pity they didn't use a picture of Shetland though!

#13 Njugle

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Posted 15 May 2006 - 10:57 PM

This article appeared in yesterday's Sunday Times and thankfully, no mention of abbeys :-)

http://www.timesonli...00-2177404.html


Wow, the guy really 'got it' didn't he. I'm always keen to gush about the place, but that guy surpasses even my gushing. Wish i owned a guest house now, that kind of hype could buy you a range rover this summer. :wink:

#14 McFly

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Posted 16 May 2006 - 07:51 AM

Pity they didn't use a picture of Shetland though!


Yeah!

That picture looks suspiciously like Skye.

#15 Tomblands

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Posted 16 May 2006 - 08:15 AM

I noticed this on Shetland News this morning...

Mousa is top Scottish attraction

It is slightly misleading.

The list isn't a "top 40" style list in the style of "1=best" but more a list of "40 things to do in Scotland".

#16 peeriebryan

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Posted 20 May 2006 - 11:04 AM

(**Moderator edit - This message was originally posted in the The most depressing place in Britain thread **)

Back on this topic of Shetland's image "overseas" - whit think you aa o this weeks Shetland Times report on the new Rough Guide to Scotland placing Shetland tourist attractions as 3 of the top 8 Visitor Attractions in Scotland?

Amazing results for Shetland!

1st Placed Tourist Attraction in Scotland = Mousa Broch
3rd Placed = Jarlshof
8th Placed = Shetland Folk Festival

These all ahead of other National Attractions such as:
the Edinburgh Festival - "the world's biggest festival of theatre and the arts" (30th),
Stirling Castle (14th),
the Cairngorm Mountains (26th),
Hogmanay (32nd)
and Scottish Pubs (19th)!

The really cool thing about this is that the Rough Guide series is an internationally respected reference point, producing Travel Guides for most Countries and large Cities of the world. These books are actively sought out by travellers and tourists planning their journeys and activities as they are known to be extensively researched and informative.

Surely that's an official recognition of the quality of Shetland as a destination, reflecting our unique and attractive history, culture, music, and ability to have a right good time!



#17 Tomblands

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Posted 20 May 2006 - 10:41 PM

The article is completely misleading as I have previously stated.

It's the 40 things that you must see in Scotland. They haven't given Mousa the "Best Tourist Attraction in Scotland" tag as the Times seem to think they have.