Life at the end of the road

June 18, 2012

Holoman Island !! Really :-)

Filed under: daily doings — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 9:45 pm

Going up for 22:00 already, so slim chance of there being much on here tonight peeps, even though it has been a busy and interesting day. Starting off a little earlier than usual with the ‘beetleman’ on board so he could get on with more beetle collecting I suppose.

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It was a beautiful day right from the start and my camera was on standby for much of the way, though I missed the hind with her young calf at Arnish, the five hinds at Screapadale, the wood pigeons at, well at that flat bit that has something to do with ‘the men of Oscaig’. I really must write all these Gaelic names down somewhere 🙂

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Speaking of Oscaig here is what it looked like almost 100 years ago, though I nearly fell off my chair when I read the description.

I found it last night here and had to laugh.

“Looking north from near Oskaig, 1.6 km. north of Raasay House, Island of Raasay, Inverness-shire. Raised beaches on west side of Raasay. The bare glaciated surface of the Tertiary granophyre sill is seen in middle distance on the right and on Holoman Island, the latter attached to the mainland by beach deposits. A natural arch formed by marine erosion can be seen on Holoman Island. The low raised beaches are of immediately postglacial age.”

‘Holoman Island is almost a mile to the north and not visible on the picture

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it’s almost flat by comparison to that island which is actually not an island at all but a rocky peninsula off Oscaig. The best bloomer, well apart from the date which is given as the first of January 1917 with it’s very early potato harvest that year 🙂 The best bloomer has to be A natural arch formed by marine erosion can be seen on Holoman Island. The natural arch is actually the corrugated iron roof of the old boat and net shed that was demolished as recently as 1996 😦


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Oscaig boatshed


That’s the ruins of it 😦

Also from the same website came this gem, again from January 1917!! this time with early bracken. What’s so interesting about this one is that it was taken before the ‘land raid’ of 1920 or there abouts when disgruntled crofters came form a barren Rona and ‘seized’ fertile ground at the south end of Raasay.



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Again on the same site some great pictures of the old mine workings


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This being ‘number two mine’ and the building for housing the machinery for the cable railway.

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But I’m whacked now and must go to my bed so I’ll leave you with Spike

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who has, on more than one occasion managed to sneak on to the ferry for a free ride to Sconser.

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Today however we spotted him and sent him packing, he was not impressed 🙂


  1. Amazing pictures tonight Paul – thanks for taking the time to post them! The picture of Oscaig, with the rows and rows of spuds blows me away. Just think of all the hard work to ridge them up, dig in some seaweed no doubt and plant them – a tough old job! Somebody was busy!!! Looks like great weather You’re having too – long may it last!

    Good luck!


    Comment by fingalextravaganza — June 18, 2012 @ 10:00 pm

  2. Good morning from a cloudy Black Isle. Had a personal delivery of Arnish eggs yesterday by the fair hand of Roseann. Two boiled ones just demolished. Thanks to you and hen wife.Bonny photos today.

    Comment by Fred Fraser — June 19, 2012 @ 6:19 am

    • Morning Fred and welcome 🙂

      glad you enjoyed the eggs, sorry it wasn’t a full box but I’d just fried two 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — June 20, 2012 @ 10:17 am

  3. Hmm – don’t know whether the person who owns the house pictured at Eyre would admit to being a raider from Rona. Good pic, though!

    Glad the weather is holding, though the island could do with some rain – the heather and peat bogs were tinder-dry last week, as you’ll know.



    Comment by Sue — June 19, 2012 @ 7:03 am

    • No Sue but the person who built it had a grandfather that would 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — June 20, 2012 @ 10:19 am

  4. Thanks for the Eyre one, Paul, interesting….how on earth did you find these?

    Comment by George — June 19, 2012 @ 9:06 am

    • Morning George, I think it was Willie Eyre himself who sent me the link some time ago, great aren’t they 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — June 20, 2012 @ 10:20 am

      • Really splendid, must have a chat with him next time we’re up!! Got some good heron shots last week at Eyre, pity missed the dolphins yet again!!

        Comment by George — June 20, 2012 @ 4:46 pm

  5. The pictures are great Paul, I always wondered what it would have looked like without Eyre cottage there. My mum and aunts have told us loads of stories about when they used to play down next to the boat shed when they were children many years ago. They were lucky enough to spend a couple of months in summer each year staying with relatives in Oscaig when they were wee, i just need a lottery win so I can do the same 🙂

    Comment by Kirsty — June 19, 2012 @ 9:46 am

    • Morning Kirsty, aye it was a tragedy indeed when the boat shed was demolished but it had become quite dangerous. Such a pity money could not have been found to restore it.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — June 20, 2012 @ 10:22 am

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