Life at the end of the road

February 22, 2013

Friggin ‘bean counters’ :-(

Filed under: animals, daily doings, harbour, shed/house, The daily pothole — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 11:22 pm

Back on the croft once more, after ‘jumping ship’ at 9:30 in Uig I finally got home, via the accountant Sad smile at just before midday. Not the blue sky, warmth and sunshine of late but grey and cool without a breath of wind to fill the blades of our Proven.


Much had happened at Sconser during the last five days, ‘The wall from Donegal’ was looking lovely.


And this is by no means a criticism but you can certainly tell that the different sections were built by different craftsmen, or at least different batches of stone.


They reckon nine more weeks, so I guess that should be early May.



Once back on Raasay I was encouraged to see much graffiti on our crumbling roads.


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Yipee thinks I, they are at last going to repair our failing infrastructure here on Raasay, who knows the Easter tourists may get home without punctures or holed sumps Smile Sadly the can of blue paint ran out after less than two miles and we were ‘business as usual’ Sad smile

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Though you have to laugh really, for these two sections had blue paint either side, as if somehow they are not worthy of repair Smile

As the paint came to an end just by the water treatment plant I can only guess that Scottish Water will be paying for it Smile Though I’m quite sure if you’d asked anyone on Raasay if they’d prefer more messing about with their perfectly good  water or a decent road they’d opt for the latter. After the treatment plant it was ‘business as usual’


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with the Almera and I dodging potholes all the way to Arnish Sad smile


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Gazillions they’ve spent on Raasay, new harbour here, new terminal at Sconser, they’ve rebuilt Raasay house twice, new water treatment plant, new heritage centre, yet once you get here the roads aren’t fit for driving on Sad smile 

Never mind, for I now know that the Scottish ministers have the best interests of our struggling community at heart.

For, after eighteen years of successfully managing the game on Raasay, building up a reputation for prime venison, investing in fencing and a chiller,  the ‘Raasay Crofters Association’ has been ‘sold down the river’ by its landlord, the Scottish Office.  You really could not make this up, after decades of mismanagement by absentee landlords and promises of giving the community more of a say they take the sporting rights away from the locals and give them to someone 250 miles away. This will be the same people that frown on absentee crofters and stipulate that tenants must live within 32km of their croft.



Methinks I can see some ‘marauding beasts’ on my croft Smile


Anyways, it’s time for bed now so I’ll just leave you with the obligatory house pictures Smile





and some views over Loch Arnish.



Grian s Sgier and Brothers point



Calum’s road


Manish Point



  1. So all it will take to get your road repaired all the way to Arnish is an investment in 2 more cans of blue spray paint?

    Comment by drgeo — February 23, 2013 @ 12:08 am

    • Morning DrG,

      So all it will take to get your road repaired all the way to Arnish is an investment in 2 more cans of blue spray paint?

      what a good idea 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — February 23, 2013 @ 7:58 am

  2. Paul, get at your your local highways officer. Our road into the republic had suffered badly after that snow, they reacted promptly via the website pothole logging thingy. You could try this… Don’t know if it covers the islands but the council should have a reporting page on there website

    Comment by The Peoples Republic of Northumbria — February 23, 2013 @ 12:56 am

  3. Cant the islanders buy out the island? then you would only account to each other!!

    Comment by v8mbo — February 23, 2013 @ 5:38 am

  4. You could not write it could you? Defo agree you need to invest in some more paint.

    At least what greeted you when you got home put a smile on your face, the house is coming along well and when the gable is finished with stone it will look stunning. Do you happen to know how much per foot a wall like the one in Sconser costs?
    Looks like yesterday would have been a good one for some fishing off Rubha nam Brathairean.

    Comment by Arthur T Bomber Harris — February 23, 2013 @ 7:59 am

  5. You just need a couple more Calums and wheelbarrows. Or a rich tourist with a damaged Mercedes and a lawyer.
    Seriously, how about a massive demonstration with folks of all ages rolling wheelbarrows, blocking the road? That might go viral on the ‘net, and embarrass your officials into action.
    LOVE the house! Keep the pics coming.

    Comment by Flora — February 23, 2013 @ 1:25 pm

  6. you seem to be avoiding the snow at least (looking at a snowy gateshead) is it normally a bit warmer on the west coast, house is looking smart. Have you thought about some form of hovercraft presume that would handle the potholes , plus you could just skim across the water to sconser!

    Comment by mike — February 23, 2013 @ 3:59 pm

  7. hi paul
    cant beleive this scottish office selling out leasing rights, surely something can be done 18 yrs local people looking after this & they get treated like this unbeleivable , do you know how much outbid ? & by who when they turn up at the ferry terminal you should send them packing
    rassay crofters assoc should get lawyer to get this recalled or take to european court !!
    does this mean I would pay these new clowns for fishing permit ??

    Comment by Alan Patrick — February 23, 2013 @ 5:02 pm

    • Paul Wheelhouse said the loss of the shooting rights are ‘in the best interests of the people of Scotland’. It beggars belief that an Edingburgh public schoolboy who lives in the borders of Scotland where there are no crofts,is given the authority to be ‘Crofting Minister’, and to dismiss the Raasay people as if they belonged to another country. Is he making way for 21st century clearances to make way for more four footed creatures….sorry for the rant Paul..

      Comment by SOTW — February 23, 2013 @ 9:10 pm

  8. Scottish government are a disgrace. I heard reports that the difference was only a couple of grand.

    Comment by Simon — February 23, 2013 @ 7:58 pm

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