A circumnavigation

Writer and photographer Will Herman had long dreamed of circumnavigating the Shetland mainland in a sea kayak, and in an article for Sidetracked magazine he does just that. "Crossings and headlands merged as we carved across swells and approaching Lambhoga Head the cliffs rose to greet us. The seas continued to build on the final approach to Sumburgh until thick swells were heaving beneath our hulls, colliding with the cliffs and crashing back out to sea. Bracing as a particularly violent wave broke over my shoulders, the hull carving one way and then another, I let out a whoop – part relief and part sheer joy at the wild scene through which we passed – Sumburgh Head, whose mist shrouded cliffs rose in dark muted tones above the clapotis, was proving to be everything it had promised."

During his journey, Herman battles storms and exhaustion, sees deep caves and huge cliffs, and even encounters an otter. This is not a journey for the faint-hearted, but it's an exhilarating read.

To see the full article and accompanying photographs, click on the image below.