We had intended to spend a few days pottering around Öland but then realised that we hadn’t got much further north than we were when we booked our ferry to Finland a few days ago, so instead just spent one night there.
The whole of the southern end of the island is a World Heritage Site – not sure why as our Very Rough Guide makes no mention of it at all, but it is certainly another beautiful spot. It is a huge limestone plateau which we were hoping to see, but the plateau is actually covered with a few centimetres of topsoil – not enough to support forest or much agriculture so instead there are expanses of wildflower meadow. And a lot of windmills.
The bridge to the island, including rather violent hump to allow the shipping through;
We spent the night on the edge of a nature reserve, popular with bird watchers and paddling cows. Picnic benches, manual water pump & WC provided for campers. Very civilised.