Life at the end of the road

June 18, 2013

A little less chaos

Filed under: daily doings, harbour, Trucks and plant — Tags: — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 8:53 pm

Tuesday already and that’s me just started to put ‘pen to paper’ so to speak, though how long I’ll keep at it is anyone’s guess. ‘Tis a pure peach of an evening out here in the Minch as the MV Hebrides sails into the western sun and I may just go for a ‘wee wander’ once we hit the shore, not literally of course. This rather large ship does not slide up and down a concrete ramp like the good ship Loch Striven every time she berths. Speaking of which, my arrival to Skye on Monday morning was the very first scheduled sailing into onto the new slipway there.



The smooth wide and perfectly formed concrete ramp will certainly be far easier to land on in a gale of west wind than the crumbling ruin it replaced.

sconser car park

The terminal and car park are still a long way from being finished but the wider access should at least mean a little less chaos there.


Just look at those beautiful wooden doors, they don’t even have Tee hinges, I give them until January 11th at the longest before they’re damaged by a gale of wind.

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If the wind can blow the windows out of a car there, it’ll make mincemeat of those doors (just like the last ones) Sad smile



Wow, just look at all that lovely concrete Smile



So, that was it, off I went to Uig and the MV Hebrides to spend the week plying the Minch, and a very pleasant couple of days it has been so far. Certainly it’s been busy enough and the holiday makers are having great weather for it, with a nice steady breeze to keep the dreaded midge away.


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We had a couple of unusual passengers today, two young horses, the owner of them being quite worried about leaving them, fortunately from my ‘painting spot’ by the aft ramp I could see them and they were just fine Smile



As was this regular visitor to Raasay, well at least the driver was, not so sure about the DAF FG12 BSU going out to Tarbert all lashed down. Me thinks that the one he takes to Raasay may be shorter.



That’s about it really, pretty boring I know but I’ve had piles of emails and stuff to deal with.


So I’ll leave you with coming alongside at Tarbert


and someone’s excellent throw of the ‘heaving line’.

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The heaving line being a lighter rope with a ‘monkeys fist’ knot on the end that is thrown ashore so the heavier mooring rope can be hauled onto the bollards.

A knot tying video showing how to tie a Monkey's Fist.

And no I can’t tie one Smile

Though if you’ve nothing to do on a winters night and the power has failed you could practice by candle light Smile



  1. Hi Paul

    Missing Raasay very much so good to have some news, even if just that the new Sconser ramp is operative. Looking forward to seeing the whole new Sconser terminal.



    Comment by Sue — June 18, 2013 @ 9:09 pm

  2. When is ‘M V Hallaig’ to take over on the Raasay route ? Must try the ‘knot’, a splendid way to stop fraying !

    Comment by SOTW — June 19, 2013 @ 4:37 am

    • Good morning She from a grey rocky Harris, you’d feel right at home here, my cabin looks out onto a hill just like Meall Dearag 🙂 Hallaig is unlikely to be on Raasay for quite a while yet 😦

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — June 19, 2013 @ 5:10 am

      • Now I discover you need a ball to put inside the knot……!

        Comment by SOTW — June 20, 2013 @ 12:27 am

      • Nah you don’t She.

        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — June 21, 2013 @ 5:01 am

  3. Hi Paul,
    Good to catch up with the goings-on up north, after spending a week on hol in N Ireland. Great place, lovely scenery, similar to Scotland (well, they were joined together ages ago) could see the Mull of Kintyre in the distance most of the time, would recommend anyone to visit. Went to Rathlin Island, and made the return journey on the MV Canna, which used to serve the Portree – Raasay route many years ago! Had a c**k up with the post re SYHA so won’t be coming to the YH this year – might go to help at Crianlarich instead! Sconser terminal is beginning to look good.

    Comment by Frances — June 19, 2013 @ 9:48 am

  4. great photos. Much appreciate your ferry updates

    Comment by Nigel Macleod — June 19, 2013 @ 11:15 am

    • Thanks for that Nigel, only four more weeks on the Heb, then it’s back to the Finlaggan, for a little while at least.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — June 21, 2013 @ 5:03 am

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