Dashaway to Shetland with Suzuki Swift (report of Shetland trip)
Facts and figures.
Dashaway performed faultlessly, with solar panel re-charging the on-board auxiliary batteries so well (in good weather) that a re-charge from campsite hook up was only required once in the two week period.
Tow car was a Suzuki Swift with 1 litre petrol engine and automatic transmission. It towed extremely well being very stable and returned over 35mpg to Aviemore and then Aberdeen, carrying an electric bike. Shetland reduced that though, to an overall 33 mpg for the whole 2,000 mile round trip from Essex.
Ferry info. Contact Northlink Ferries. Cost of normally 12 hour ferry from Aberdeen to Lerwick for car, Dashaway and cabin £560 approx. Could be cheaper if prepared to sleep on a “couchette” (reclining seat), I wasn’t!
Cost of campsites typically £18 night with electric hook up.
Dashaway to: Shetland! ("No ordinary holiday").
This report is dedicated to Tara, “The Wheelhome dog”, who sadly passed away just a few months after this trip. Shetland was to be a rather fitting last adventure for her.
June/July 2018, Stephen Wheeler (and his Sheltie collie, Tara) of Wheelhome took the ground-breaking new and exciting all electric Dashaway e caravan to the stunning Shetland Isles. Heavy rain and strong winds were expected. However, blue sky was the order of the day, and a whole lot more besides, as this turned out to be a genuine adventure with terrible tragedy involving a full-scale air and sea search, helping police Scotland "with their enquiries" Tara being filmed and the Dashaway being the catalyst to the extraordinary warmth and hospitality of the Shetland Islanders. Stephen's account is told alongside the photographs. It will take a little while to go through, so, get yourself a nice drink, make yourself comfy, and immerse yourself in the adventure! We hope you enjoy the journey and maybe even contemplate a trip of your own to Shetland (or Sheltieland as Stephen calls it).