Life at the end of the road

August 10, 2012

Other peoples pictures :-)

Filed under: boats, Croft house for sale, shed/house, Trucks and plant — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 12:58 pm

It’s lunchtime now on Friday and realistically I’m not going to get any posting done tonight, an impending oil delivery meaning that I’ll be filling my tank tonight. Anyone else could rely on their supplier to do this but not yours truly. No, my supplier refuses to deliver to Arnish on account of the ‘dangerous road’, never mind that two articulated lorries have been up, the coal lorry manages , the bin lorry collects, Hooky comes up, Jewson’s deliver and I’ve just driven a 14m long rig to Tarbet. Nope that’s not good enough, they refuse to drive past Brochel, which to be honest is no worse than the rest of the road really. Pleading has had little effect and whilst I have found a company willing to deliver

160512 008 they will not do so unless I can find a full load on Raasay of 11,000lts 😦 I’m sure I could right enough but not just at the moment during the best summer in living memory.

So rather than drag it out out any further I’m just going to stick these pictures on here, most of which were taken by other people.

First off is Ian the intrepid cyclist from Bradford who raced me up the road 🙂



The Bealach Ruadh with sky and sea merging into a blue haze.



The flat bit from west to east that has something to do with the ‘men of Oscaig’ rallying to prince Charlie’s cause.


Calum’s road 🙂


The home stretch.


Just a few more meters to go to the quarry 🙂

The ‘not so’ Grumpy Digger Driver

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Traditional highland greeting 🙂

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The wall to ‘Donald’s garden has come down but has been placed in a pile to be used in the gable end of the house.

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Wednesday night.


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Finings on the road.

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Friday morning.


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And from the air


Would you not just love to live here 🙂


Many thanks to Bracken’s new owner who just happened to be passing by in a helicopter for the last two and our young ‘guest’ for the ones at the house site.

As for the rest of the working week so far

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I took my bowser down to work on Wednesday for filling today.

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More silage got made,

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a hydraulic leak got fixed,

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the clam divers were busy and I almost felt jealous 🙂 I had some of my best fishing ever here, just a stones throw from my ‘home port’, ailing memory prevents me from recalling the exact amount but it would have been I guess in the region of a couple of hundred kilos for the day. I used to average 25k per dive, around 100 scallops so I’m thinking to be exceptional it would be way over double that and I did three dives a day.

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A regular visitor arrived in his shiny Hino 🙂

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Though the skip on the back for Raasay house was anything but 🙂

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And a Volvo truck went up and down the ‘dangerous road’ twice 🙂

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Jim Kilcullen’s MV Kylebhan, probably the oldest charter boat on the west coast is now becoming a regular visitor. I don’t know how many years Jim has been chartering to groups of divers, bird watchers and just people in general but I remember seeing him about in the late seventies, early eighties with this fine old craft.


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This will be a Crowlin in shade on Wednesday night

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and this one with the ‘spotlight’ on the day after, what a contrast 🙂


Map picture


  1. Some truly amazing pictures Paul, especially the ones of the tow in progress, really does show off the tight spots on the road! Well done again! *****

    Comment by Thomson Caravans — August 10, 2012 @ 1:29 pm

    • Morning Graham,

      yup, I impressed myself and it was such a beautiful day too 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — August 11, 2012 @ 7:41 am

      • Posted links for some of my friends on Facebook to see, impressed would be an understatement!

        Comment by Thomson Caravans — August 11, 2012 @ 10:00 pm

  2. How nice to get shots of the home place from the helicopter! Does the new place include land all the way to the sea? Will you get sheep to do the mowing near the edge?

    Comment by drgeo — August 10, 2012 @ 4:50 pm

    • Aye DrG, all you can see in the pictures is ours, or at least shared with our neighbour.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — August 11, 2012 @ 7:45 am

  3. PS Or tie a rope to the Dude?

    Comment by drgeo — August 10, 2012 @ 4:51 pm

  4. That’s a nice old boat, surely she had a life before chartering, too.

    Comment by heartlandroad — August 10, 2012 @ 8:08 pm

    • Hi Heartland, she would have been a fishing boat for sure, certainly built on the Scottish east coast. Fife perhaps or Buckie.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — August 11, 2012 @ 7:46 am

      • And a while ago. That’s a very classic hull, makes me think of the old herring drifters, although it could well be newer than that.

        Comment by heartlandroad — August 13, 2012 @ 9:44 am

  5. Well Paul mark another one up for yourself , if it can be done and completed your the man. Good on your caravan tow only one word EXCELLANT.

    Comment by Polite Scouser — August 10, 2012 @ 9:42 pm

    • Morning Walter,

      excellent indeed, looking forward to spending some time in it once it’s up at the new site.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — August 11, 2012 @ 7:47 am

  6. Hi Paul,
    loving your blog and just figured out where your new house is going to be – what a fabulous view you will have and hey perhaps no midgies!! You have had such awesome weather this summer it is making me homesick for Oscaig-the photographs are are stunning. When do you think you will be done ? next year?

    Comment by Maggie Maclean — August 11, 2012 @ 12:51 am

    • Glad you’re still enjoying it Maggie, thank my mum for the photographs, she bought me the camera 🙂 Yes hopefully next year sometime.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — August 11, 2012 @ 7:51 am

  7. Loved the shots of the big old van trundling up the road.Had it been painted green it would have looked somewhat like the late Fred Dibnah`s travelling van (hauled by his trusty traction engine),when viewed from astern.Perhaps a steam roller is the solution for the road ? 🙂

    Comment by Andy — August 11, 2012 @ 9:53 am

    • Less of the ‘old’ Andy, by my standards that caravan is brand new 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — August 12, 2012 @ 9:30 am

  8. Photos supberb as always but new camera makes a diffrence,just catching up on your blog as been a busy summer been over on the beloved Isle of Raasay a few times this summer which is always brill !!!!! re oil tanker not coming to your rd maybe good case for council to improve on road, as the road is in dire need of tarring was worried for my car!! calums rd is the best bit of the road!!!! will join you in lobbying for improvement.:-)
    p.s. if you get a few people to buy oil you should all pay less per litre, thats what we do over here on mainland saving us loads of money well enough to take me over to Rassay for my hols, 🙂

    Comment by — August 16, 2012 @ 10:43 am

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