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    Default The Guns Of Vementry


    Vementry is an uninhabited island off the North West coast of the Shetland mainland. It took a 5 hour car journey and an overnight ferry to get to Shetland. Then some more driving. Then one of these -



    Then some walking. After about an hour, we could see these on the skyline -



    Then, after even more walking, we finally got there - and it was worth it -



    This is the site of a World War One gun battery. It was built to protect the approches to a naval anchorage at Busta Voe. The guns came from HMS Gibralter which was then used as the depot ship in the anchorage. The guns wernt reused in WW2 and have stood rusting in the elements for almost 100 years.









    Underground magazine



    The remains of a shell trolley is still in the magazine





    Observation post with guns to the rear



    Last edited by bobblehead; 23rd Dec 16 at 13:43. Reason: forgot to add photo

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    That is bloody chuffing brilliant, nice pics and cracking history.
    Added to my to do list, you may get a mither in the distant future about this. :p
    Thanks for sharing.
    Don't panic, be reet!!!

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    Glad you like - it was a brilliant day and worth the effort to get there

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    I wasn't expecting that, hell of an effort to get there but more than repayed you I feel, I Loved it
    Triple Gold Star and a minced pie, Many Thanks
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    I really enjoyed that, thanks!

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    That's amazing. I don't think there's many of a similar era in-situ in the UK?

    Lovely clear photos also.

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    QI really like that.a lot of time as been put in to see these.most people would not bother with these.but it's such an important part of our history.
    I like to go where others fear to tread.

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    That was good, well worth the trouble visiting. Shame they could not keep them in better condition
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    And all the guns were, to this day still pointing out to sea. I knew these guns were there but a bit of a hike to get there. But you did it and well done.
    When the going gets tough - the tough get going.

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