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Out Skerries (clip 1)

A look at life and work on Shetland's easternmost islands

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The clip opens with a description of the danger of the Skerries coast and the natural harbour the islands offer. The fishing boat the "Comet" is shown at mooring. We then visit with the boat's crew as they prepare their nets. The skipper, Jackie Hughson, is shown taking readings in the wheelhouse before a catch is hauled in. The crew is then shown eating a meal of fried fish and bread. We next see the family of Maisie Anderson with her children breakfasting before heading to school. As the children walk to school we see shots of the island, the post office and the surrounding waters. The schoolchildren play cricket before the bell rings. The clip ends with Maisie visiting the general shop run by Meg Hughson where the women discuss the success of the day's catch.

Questions & Activities


  • Where are the Out Skerries?
  • What was a six-areen?
  • What three things are never out of sight on Out Skerries?
  • Why is the post office tied down?
  • What game are the children playing?
  • Why are there so few trees on Shetland?
  • Why were the fish hanging on the washing line?


Describe the geography of Out Skerries. What natural phenomenon has helped the community to be able grow?

Research the oil bonanza and how Shetland benefited and whether it continues to do so.

Find out which languages have influenced the Shetland dialect.

Imagine you are reporter and have been sent to cover a fishing boat sinking in Out Skerries. Write about the impact this has upon the community.

Clip Details

Record Id 007-000-004-103-C
Resource Rights Holder Courtesy of Highlands and Islands Enterprise
Project Ref 2691
Date 1978
Genre Documentary
School Subject Social Studies, Geography, English
Subject Matter Literacy, Shetland Dialect
Who Aly Bain (music), Highlands and Islands Development Board (sponsor), Ogam Films (production company), Oscar Marzaroli (director)
Where Out Skerries, Shetland
Attributes Colour, Sound
Clip Length 8:54
Film Length 20:00