THE BIGTON ROAD, SHETLAND
This is a single-track road in Shetland that might have been built by the Romans (if they had ever got this far). It takes you to Bigton and St Ninian’s Isle where Douglas Coutts, a local schoolboy, discovered a hoard of Pictish brooches and rings (and the jawbone of a dolphin) in a larch box. The planners have been generous with their allowance of passing places. (Looks a bit like the Nazca lines in the Atacama desert)
A TRACK IN TURKEY
This is a rough camel track in Turkey with a weary young girl pulling at a reluctant camel carrying building stuff to the top of the hill where they were extending a restaurant. When I met up with them later as they were preparing to descend, the builder gave the camel a smack on the rump with his shovel just to help it on its way.
MAIN STREET, STROMNESS
This is a street in Stromness which has the atmosphere of a Giorgio de Chirico painting.
Sylvia Brown’s Hostel is near here, the friendliest and most relaxing place to stay in this most friendly of towns. You bump into students from Estonia, painters from Peru , dentists from Denmark, violinists from Vienna, anglers from Angelsy, lap-dancers from Lerwick, all varieties of human life is to be found here. Also nearby, with great views across the harbour, is the impressive Art Gallery which was having a wine and cheese affair the first time I went there and a whisky and no cheese affair the second. And not just any whisky. Highland Park whisky. And that’s not the only surprise, they have some interesting and striking artworks on display.
The occasional car drives past but as yet there is no traffic problem.
BUTT’S WYND, ST. ANDREWS
St Andrews’ Butts Wynd, a link for students between the Quad and the Library and also the link between the Scores and North Street. Funny name, the cause of much coarse guffawing. The Students Union used to be up there on the corner is but no longer. How things change behind your back, when you’re not looking.
As names go, I prefer Dundee’s ‘Horsewater Wynd’.