Life at the end of the road

November 2, 2011

No disruptions :-)

Filed under: boats, daily doings, weather — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 9:28 pm

Well it would have been a different story today had we been working from the old berth at Suisnish, chances are the kids wouldn’t have got to school and precious little work would have got done on the new houses at School Park. For the wind was well into the south east as I arrived at work, the worst possible direction for the old slipway at Suisnish. Had we been there today I’d have struggled pouring oil into the engines prior to starting, we probably wouldn’t have sailed and we’d have been getting hammered against the side of the rusting iron ore pier. The commuters wouldn’t have got to work, the children would have had a day off and the calves would not have got to auction in Dingwall. As it was we barely noticed the weather until we cleared the safety of the new harbour.


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It’s a poor day now when the Raasay ferry does not sail 🙂

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In fact I think that there were many poor days last week when the ferry did sail from the new terminal when it wouldn’t have sailed from the old one 🙂


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By lunchtime the wind had eased considerably as had the sea with the outgoing tide.


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Here’s the Loch Striven sitting nicely at the new harbour with its nice sheltered slip,

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here’s the seas outside the berth a few minutes later.


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and here’s what it would have been like around 7:55 at the other place with this wind 😦

OK, I know it’s a lame effort but it’s that clock thing again, my body is telling me to go to bed even though the clock only says 21:25 🙂

Stupid O Clock

that’s me been awake since  4:30 and up for over an hour now so I’ll just stick another couple of pictures on here before I go and do some tinkering outside in the dark 🙂

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Great progress on the new houses since last I was down this way in daylight 🙂

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Here’s the old berth at Suisnish with the wind around half what it was during the morning.





And we obviously had much less wind at the north end, but that’s quite common with a south easterly 🙂



  1. paul i need a bit off help . After all these year spending my skool holidays on rassay . And have now read calum road book before i go and c the play . I now think i need a house name 4 my house in inverness . if u want 2 know more about me ask my cuz caulm don . looking pic of hookie in his diger and was talking 2 ian mackay early 2nite . x

    Comment by Sheila Stirton — November 2, 2011 @ 9:41 pm

    • Good morning Sheila,

      I’m not the person to ask about house names, I’ve been trying to think of one for ours for two years and the best I can come up with is ‘Storr View’ 😦 Think I’ll just stick with number 5 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — November 5, 2011 @ 5:05 am

  2. great shots! i watched a vid on utube of a Calmac ro-ro in stormy seas, and it was impressive how the skipper berthed it, so am wondering when do you stay put, (what height seas can your ferry cope with, and what wind speed is max for you to operate in?) Years ago for a time i regularly used th Colintraive to Rhubodach ferry and the current at the Kyles made for an unusual route occasionally! Likewise i used tthe Ullapool to Stornoway ferry once, and the sea got so big that an artic broke free and they had to about turn and cancel other sailings till it calmed down. Was a bit alarming seeing the bow plunge completly underwater as we rode the waves.

    Comment by Gordon — November 2, 2011 @ 9:49 pm

    • Morning Gordon,

      It’s not really the size of the waves here, as the waters are relatively sheltered it’s the amount of wind on the ‘slab sided’ ferry that makes parking difficult 🙂 And the strength really depends upon the direction, what used to be our very worst wind from Suisnish, the south or south easterly is now the best direction to operate in.

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — November 5, 2011 @ 5:10 am

  3. I’m recording a CD in Raasay community hall with my trio Cuillin Sound ( this week. Luckily the wind blew the roof tile noise from the new houses away from us yesterday … But we did get some very authentic Hebridean wind effect noises added to the odd take!!
    Question being … Shall we leave them in or take them out???

    Comment by Sarah — November 3, 2011 @ 9:34 am

    • Morning Sarah, I’m with Mike, leave them in, in fact find some more, I can highly recommend the regular clank and beat of a Hitachi digger breaking rock 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — November 5, 2011 @ 5:12 am

  4. I see you’re to be in line for a new type of ferry Paul, to be built at Fergusson’s yard, battery/diesel hybrid.

    If I may, Sarah, leave them in, Pink Floyd used various natural noises to good effect on numerous tracks .. good luck!

    Comment by Mike Cunningham — November 3, 2011 @ 10:45 am

    • Fame at last Mike and I won’t have to go to Poland to see it 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — November 5, 2011 @ 5:13 am

  5. Hi Paul

    Your replacement boat is all over the news today, as they have announced they are building it at Fergusons. Great news. It was even mentioned on Radio 4 Today programme as I was driving home
    Do you have any interesting ideas for the name? I thought MV Loch Sligachan would be appropriate, and a good advert for the pub/hotel! My favourite suggestion so far, over on ships of calmac forums was the MV Loch Prius, given the hybrid motor!

    Comment by Simon — November 3, 2011 @ 6:21 pm

    • My favourite was the Loch Insight 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — November 5, 2011 @ 5:14 am

  6. Hi Paul … yes I heard about the hybrid ferry on the news today too, and thanks to you felt very smug that I knew what they were talking about

    Comment by carina — November 3, 2011 @ 6:29 pm

  7. Hi Paul

    Some time ago I gave you a link for the National Library of Scotland website to view old admiralty maps. I was browsing their site again and came across other old maps of Raasay that I thought might be of interest to you (if you haven’t already seen them). This is a link to an 1875 map showing Arnish –
    I bought a full size copy of the 1851 admiralty map of Raasay and the quality is excellent – I just need to buy/make a frame big enough for it!


    Comment by Derek — November 3, 2011 @ 6:30 pm

    • Nice find Derek,

      I do have the Admiralty charts, or at least electronic copies and a few old maps but I’ve never seen that one. I suspect it’s older than it says, or at least wasn’t revised properly as their are no houses at South Arnish and I know ours was built in 1854,

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — November 5, 2011 @ 5:17 am

  8. Hi Paul,
    I was listening to Tom Morton this afternoon and had to laugh when he said Shetland only had one pothole, the Co-op car park and it wasn’t the responsibilty of the council. Same island problems, potholes and the co-op but on Shetland they conveniently occur together,LOL

    Comment by Carole and Finnie — November 3, 2011 @ 6:33 pm

    • Morning Carole, Finnie and the Quarryman,

      🙂 🙂 🙂 What we need is to discover oil off Skye, then the council could afford to fix the potholes 🙂 Perhaps the Quarryman could try digging a little deeper 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — November 5, 2011 @ 6:14 am

      • Hi Paul,
        I will pass that on but at the current rate of blasting it could take some time! 🙂

        Comment by Carole and Finnie — November 7, 2011 @ 8:01 am

      • “I will pass that on but at the current rate of blasting it could take some time!” I dunno about that Carole, that is one mighty big hole in the hillside these days 🙂

        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — November 8, 2011 @ 6:32 am

  9. what, and whose, are the critters grazing (???) on what looks like the raasay house lawn?

    Comment by jeannette — November 4, 2011 @ 2:24 am

    • or are they hay bales?

      Comment by jeannette — November 4, 2011 @ 2:25 am

    • Those critters will be on today’s blog Jeannette 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — November 5, 2011 @ 6:14 am

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