Life at the end of the road

March 8, 2011

25mph my foot :-)

Filed under: boats, daily doings, weather — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 10:16 pm

Tuesday already and any resemblance to spring has now been blown eastwards on some icy blast and is probably warming up Siberia as I type. It was forecast right enough but with nothing like the ferocity with which it arrived. Force six said UKWind 25 to 30mph or around 21 to 26 knots, aye that’ll be right.

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Gusts of over 50mph when I was feeding the pigs but still dry enough not to need oilskins and with very little water in the feed troughs. By the time I got down to the ferry terminal it was a different story altogether.

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The rain was lashing down and looked like it had been for far longer than the 30 minutes it took me to drive down from Arnish.

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And it was certainly well above gale force in the frequent squalls that came racing off the Cuillins, that’s in knots so around 50mph, still a good force 9 even when you knock 6knts off for our speed.

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Fortunately with west wind the seas aren’t too large,

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though they were large enough to bring this clam dredger into the Raasay Narrows 😦 I am not a fan of clam dredgers, having seen at first hand the death and destruction they leave in their wake.

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I arrived on Skye to be amazed at the torrents of water cascading off the hills and onto the roads, waterfalls where I’d never seen waterfalls and piles of grit and small stones strewn across the roads.


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This photograph of the waterfall at Drum na Cloich was taken on the way home at 14:45 when it had about 50% less water coming down it.

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Still pretty impressive though 🙂


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Lying alongside the pier at Kyle, probably due to the weather was Briggs Marine’s ‘Forth Drummer’


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Just ahead of the Forth Drummer was the ‘Nitrox’ an ex Norwegian ferry of 1970s vintage that now works as a diving and fish farm support ship.

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And just astern of the ‘Nitrox’ was ‘Tie Venture III’ another diving, work boat from Stornoway.

After that I spent a few hours with my parents before returning full of shopping to Sconser for the 15:00 ferry, and letting my relief away I started back to work 🙂

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That was about it really, I settled into the weekly routine after reading all the log book and hand over notes and stocking the cupboards with food for the coming ‘week on’ 🙂



  1. Hi Paul,just looking at these pics made me feel that even I should don my waterproofs.The waterfall always sticks in my memory, since the only time I have witnessed it running full bore was during a summer camping trip to Skye 15 years ago.
    All the best,


    Comment by Andy — March 8, 2011 @ 10:57 pm

    • Morning Andy,

      aye it was even more spectacular and considerably browner at 9:30 but a full gale of west wind and power washer like rain meant pictures were impossible 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 9, 2011 @ 6:12 am

  2. Good pictures today Paul. The Nitrox was at Gairloch over Christmas.

    Comment by Neil King — March 9, 2011 @ 1:51 am

  3. Hi Paul,
    Have you noticed the shape of a figure in the waterfall at Druim na Cloich? He is on the left hand side and in a photo I have he has a wheelbarrow. In fact now I think of it he looks like Calum! We have always called it Sid’s waterfall as Sid was pictured there during the British Gas shares sell off ‘where is Sid’. I’ll send you my photo.
    HMS Montrose came up the west side of Skye on Sunday and Les saw her going past the Quarry on monday. I guess she is doing a reccy for the upcoming Operation Joint Warrior. Keep up the good blogging.

    Comment by Carole,Finnie & the Quarryman — March 9, 2011 @ 8:23 am

    • Crikey,I see what you mean.To me it looks like a man pushing a wheelbarrow, as if viewed from behind, with his head dipped forward.Either that or my bottle of wine has emptied more than I thought.Nice one.Cheers, Andy.

      Comment by Andy — March 9, 2011 @ 9:21 pm

      • I can see it too Andy and I’ve not had any wine for days 😦

        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 10, 2011 @ 5:54 am

    • Good morning Carole,

      definitely the wheelbarrow water fall now 🙂 Wish I’d got a closer look at HMS Montrose when she sailed by.

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 10, 2011 @ 5:50 am

  4. Hi Paul

    I was quite surprised in your third picture to see how high up the tide comes on the new pier. It almost looks like it could be swamped with very high tide!

    Comment by Derek — March 9, 2011 @ 1:58 pm

    • Aye you’re right there Derek, big tide + gale = wet feet 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 10, 2011 @ 5:52 am

  5. hi paul, is that rust above raymarie in the 3rd pic lol thats not like you though you would have that wheelhouse painted lol. hope you and the family are doing good. great pic btw

    Comment by jay mitchell — March 9, 2011 @ 6:51 pm

    • I’m on it Jay as soon as the wind eases 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 10, 2011 @ 5:53 am

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