Life at the end of the road

March 30, 2013

Still ‘Good Friday’

Filed under: daily doings, Trucks and plant — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 5:55 am

This will of course make no sense whatsoever unless you read first but bear with me. It’s 21:00 and the MV Finlaggan has just departed the port of Lochmaddy on North Uist for an extra sailing to pick up traffic from Uig on Skye. Both the Finlaggan and I, should by rights be on the Islay route right now but a series of unfortunate events leaves us both in the Minch Sad smile Hence my lack of internet and the extra trip to Skye, the MV Hebrides who was due to take our place suffered mechanical problems on the way north and had to divert to the Clyde. She can take 15 more cars than us so, on this, probably the busiest weekend of the year we’re doing extra sailings to clear the traffic.

Not that I actually discovered any of this until this morning right enough, nope, I’d already ‘signed off’ and was expecting to join the ‘Heb’ after spending last night at my parents on the mainland.



Leaving Finlaggan on Thursday morning along with a load of trucks Smile


A tropical Uig Smile



The ‘Five Sisters’ of Kintail.



Sunrise at Loch Duich around 6:30 on a very ‘Good Friday’



Drum na Cloiche



Usually this view means ‘almost home’ for it’s the Sound of Raasay from Drum na Cloiche with our harbour on the right and Skye on the left, but not today.



Raasay’s very own ‘park and ride’, just imagine being dropped off here by the bus in a blizzard Sad smile not even a bus shelter or tree Sad smile let alone a toilet.


Though I did stop briefly at Sconser to admire ‘the wall from Donegal’



and have a word with Charlie our ‘port assistant’, who informed me that the Finlaggan was still at Uig.


That’s just about as much snow as I can cope with, well up on the mountains out of harms way Smile



Three of DR Macleod’s immaculate Volvo’s all towing new refrigerated trailers



and here they come.

The rest of the day was spent between a wee job on the deck and a bigger job in the workshop. The ‘wee job’ being a duff speaker and the ‘big job’ overhauling some injectors off one of the Mitsubishi generators that was having a major service.


027 028 029

Despite having learned how to do this some thirty years ago I’ve never actually done it as it requires specialist tools,



like this pump for setting the opening pressure, some 5000psi on this particular injector. Methinks I’ll bring the injectors off the Land Rover in to check them Smile

Anyway, that’s it, we’re halfway across the Minch now, it’s 22:00 and I’m going to turn in to enjoy the lovely swaying motion of the ship with my eyes closed.



  1. That picture of the palm and the caravan, you could imagine that was taken in a trailer park some where outside vegas!!!

    Comment by The Peoples Republic of Northumbria — March 30, 2013 @ 7:35 am

    • Aye. indeed Northumbria. I’ve lived both near Uig and in Lowick & Rothbury in the past, so know both areas fairly well. This wasn’t in Uig when I was there – back then it wouldn’t have allowed, I’m sure! And Uig’s about as close culturally to Vegas as, say, Wooler, in its outlook!!

      Comment by Iain — March 30, 2013 @ 8:11 am

    • Far nicer than Vegas Steve 🙂 hope you haven’t lost too many lambs 😦

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 31, 2013 @ 8:56 pm

  2. Good morning Paul! Hope the eye is a little better! Really glorious weather right now – we’re in Castlebay and it’s a beautiful morning! Some really smart trucks there from Macleod’s. It’s good to see an island business thriving. I hope the troubles with the Hebrides aren’t too serious, but in a way I hope Finlaggan is on the Uig triangle a little longer (bet you don’t!) – we’re heading back from Tarbet next Saturday and I’d love to see CalMac’s latest and greatest!

    Take Care!


    Comment by fingalextravaganza — March 30, 2013 @ 7:49 am

  3. Paul, your guess on the jet stream is probably correct. Here’s the latest science. Spring melt just beginning here in Maine but we just sent you a whopper of a storm. Best, Mick

    Comment by mick — March 30, 2013 @ 10:56 am

    • Cheers Mick, that was just as I thought, and without a degree 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 30, 2013 @ 11:30 pm

  4. Mark On reading your comment, I am sure that if you ask the people of the Uists and Harris what is Calmac’s geartest, that it will not be the “Finlaggan” it will certainly be the “Hebrides”

    Comment by Iain — March 30, 2013 @ 12:51 pm

    • Hi Iain and welcome aboard, will be on the Hebrides shortly myself and quite looking forward to it.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 30, 2013 @ 11:29 pm

  5. So if you get a wooden leg (and the matching hook for a hand, they’re a set) and an eye patch over one eye, well here’s my question…..What will you name your parrot?

    Comment by drgeo — March 30, 2013 @ 9:02 pm

    • What will you name your parrot?

      Polly of course, Molly and Polly 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 30, 2013 @ 9:15 pm

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