GR Direct - Sony - Save up to £300 on selected Bravia OLED & LED TVs
Saturday 18 May 2024
 11.3°C   NE Light Breeze
Ocean Kinetics - The Engineering Experts

Letters / Travel has become a lottery

Travelling to and from Shetland, as well as within Shetland, has become a nightmare experience.

A few weeks ago, we were travelling to Spain. The journey got off to a very bad start, when we were told that our booked ferry was cancelled, because the crew needed to have a lunch break. We had to rush our packing and take an earlier ferry.

Yesterday (Monday), I flew back from London, and was told by Loganair that the flight would be via Orkney, adding significant time to my journey.

When we landed in Kirkwall, I received a message that the last Yell ferry would be 6.55pm, because of crew sickness. I missed this by a mile and had to stay in a mainland hotel, for £144.

There is no potential compensation of the expense and massive inconvenience.

I understand that crew sickness can be an unexpected issue, and crew certainly deserve their lunch break, but surely there should be better contingency planning.

Every form of Shetland travel, internal and external, has become a lottery, and we are usually compelled to travel at least a day in advance, to feel comfortable that we will reach our destination.

Shona Skinner



Subscribe to a selection of different newsletters from Shetland News, varying from breaking news delivered on the minute, to a weekly round-up of the opinion posts. All delivered straight to your inbox.

Daily Briefing Newsletter Weekly Highlights Newsletter Opinion Newsletter Life in Shetland Newsletter

JavaScript Required

We're sorry, but Shetland News isn't fully functional without JavaScript enabled.
Head over to the help page for instructions on how to enable JavaScript on your browser.

Your Privacy

We use cookies on our site to improve your experience.
By using our service, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy.

Browser is out-of-date

Shetland News isn't fully functional with this version of .
Head over to the help page for instructions on updating your browser for more security, improved speed and the best overall experience on this site.

Interested in Notifications?

Get notifications from Shetland News for important and breaking news.
You can unsubscribe at any time.

Become a supporter of Shetland News

We're committed to ensuring everyone has equitable access to impartial, open and quality local journalism that benefits all residents.

By supporting Shetland News, you play a vital role in ensuring we remain a pivotal resource in supporting the community.

Support us from as little as £3 per month – it only takes a minute to sign up. Thank you.