It's funny how one thing can often lead to another, in the most unexpected of ways.
Being a food blogger means I get sent all sorts of weird and wonderful things to try out, and payment for work doesn't always involve cash. I often receive products as payment in kind. Some time ago I was sent a large bottle of rum in exhange for a few social media tweets (it's hard work, I tell you! </wink>) and this led to me investigating rum smuggling in Shetland.
This, in turn, led me to find out about the existence of a Smuggler's Cave in Burra - 200 metres inland at the headland of Pundsar. You can read all about our adventures exploring that cave here. The information I needed to find this cave was found on a Shetland Amenity Trust leaflet on the geology of the west mainland.
In this leaflet I also discovered that there were fish beds on the west coast of Shetland - the Melby fish beds are a short coastal walk from the end of the road at Sandness. The kids and I went off to explore and we were, unfortunately, unsuccessful in our attempts to locate any fossils. To be honest we didn't really know what we were looking for.