Mousa Broch, Fair Isle and Lerwick

Aug 27, 2017 - National Geographic Orion


Our first day aboard the National Geographic Orion found us exploring multiple islands. The first order of business was to pick up an immigration officer from Lerwick, allowing us to clear into the United Kingdom. The first proper activity was a surprise visit to the tiny island of Mousa, where a well-preserved Iron Age round tower, Mousa Broch, stands tall at the edge of a cliff and within a grassy field. After lunch, we anchored off of the famous Fair Isle which is halfway between Orkney and Shetland and is best known for its substantial bird populations, knitwear, and historic shipwrecks. Fair Isle has around seventy year-round inhabitants, dramatic landscapes, and a very picturesque protected dock. After a delightful welcome aboard dinner hosted by our captain, a few energetic souls headed into Lerwick to enjoy some fiddle music by a local Shetland legend Maurice Henderson.

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Ryder Redfield

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Growing up at the base of the Cascade Mountains in the tiny Oregon town of Sisters meant that Ryder was surrounded by wilderness. A childhood of hiking, fishing, hunting for arrowheads, camping, and upland bird hunting resulted in the outdoors feeling far more comfortable than hectic city streets. His passion for the outdoors has perpetually grown and, upon graduating from the University of Oregon, he embraced his wanderlust with even greater vigor. His adventures eventually led him to working with Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic as a photo instructor.

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