Life at the end of the road

November 12, 2013

An unscheduled crossing :-)

Filed under: boats, daily doings, New hybrid ferry — Tags: , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 10:51 pm

Well it’s been an epic whirlwind of a day and I’m just out of the bath and setting down here at 22:00!!! So don’t expect reams of pros tonight, it’ll be a few pictures and bed for me. After a great red wine induced sleep last night I was up early doing as much as I could of all the things I should have done, if that makes sense ? It would be back to work for me in the afternoon so after checking the battery on the Quadzilla and discovering it was toast I turned my hand to doing some wiring on the Yamaha.

That annoying fault on the starter solenoid I’d resolved to cure by running new wires from the switches to the solenoid. It seemed to work just fine so Molly and I took a run along to the Schoolhouse to check all the batteries and hydro turbine there.


This beautiful building at Torran has it’s own ‘micro climate’ as was evidenced by Calum growing tobacco there during the war. I think it’s south westerly aspect with all those rocks behind it to soak up the heat have something to do with it. It rains less here than the rest of Raasay, and even now in the middle of November the trees are still green about it. The rest of Torran and Arnish are yellow and brown whilst the schoolhouse is still green, it’s quite uncanny.


Next job was to do a little lashing down on our caravan at Tarbert, it had moved a little during Sunday night/Monday morning’s gale.

Then it was down to catch the 9:55 ferry to visit my parents on the mainland.


Ben Tianavaig, Sgier Cnapach and a fading rainbow from Holoman.

Heading up to the Striven’s  wheelhouse to catch up with the skipper from Campbeltown I mused about the clam dredger that was scratching away off Suisnish. I’m not a fan of this destructive method of fishing having seen first hand the damage it does. Many is the dive for clams that I’ve had up and down the Raasay Narrows and much is the damage I’ve seen done to the power cable there that runs from Braes to Raasay. The cables are clearly marked on the charts



by the dotted line and two large yellow painted telegraph poles at landfall.

I’m just having a rant about the irresponsible boat dredging over the cable when it came fast on it!!!


You can even see the marker in the background!!, he was well stuck for a few minutes but luckily the lights stayed on on Raasay. It wouldn’t have been the first time that one of these boats had put the power off, the whole island was ‘blacked out’ for days one New Year when I first moved to Raasay Sad smile Not that that bothers us with our ‘energy independence’ at the north end Smile


The Hallaig was still out ‘trialling’


The Marie Bhan was lifting velvet creels



and Blue Peter was returning from the fish cages at Braes.


The Hallaig headed for open water and the ‘Green Isle’ crossed ahead of her heading towards Scalpay.


A nice walk down towards Letterfern on the shores of Loch Duich


with the snow disappearing from the ‘Five sisters’


then ‘time to go’


according to Molly anyway Smile


It was the 15:00 ferry I was aiming to catch but just as I arrived at 14:30 the Hallaig arrived


and the wee dog and I just had to drive on Smile



  1. So is that the hallaig in operation then? Growing tabacco.. in the north end, think I’ll grow some if it keeps my garden green… 😉

    Comment by Catherine Ann Macleod — November 12, 2013 @ 11:21 pm

  2. Welcome aboard squire. First today!

    Comment by Alasdair H Macinnes — November 12, 2013 @ 11:28 pm

    • Good to be back Alasdair 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — November 13, 2013 @ 9:11 pm

  3. nice to have a brand new ferry all to yourself, congratulations … I had been wondering what had happened to the caravan, it would make a superb holiday let

    Comment by cazinatutu — November 13, 2013 @ 7:58 am

  4. Are you the Hallaig’s first customer? That would be something. For a ‘busted’ camera the pics are great – I’m envious of your daily vista.

    Comment by carrie — November 13, 2013 @ 9:40 am

    • I wasn’t a ‘customer’ as such peeps but the wee dug and I did get asked for a fare 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — November 13, 2013 @ 9:13 pm

      • how much did you pay … one black pudding, or two ?

        Comment by cazinatutu — November 13, 2013 @ 10:40 pm

  5. Great pics. I’m waiting for a reply to carrie’s post to find out if you were Hallaig’s first passenger – even if non-fare paying.

    Comment by Nigel Macleod — November 13, 2013 @ 12:29 pm

  6. LOL! @ Caz

    Comment by Lloyd — November 14, 2013 @ 2:54 pm

  7. Paul, your back on your routine and I am back to regularly following your posts. Thanks for the great reporting, keep up the good work……From Arizona have a great weekend!!!!!

    Comment by tonylucas63 — November 15, 2013 @ 2:14 am

    • Hi Tony, pity she doesn’t have ‘Cats’ fitted hey, you could have come over and fixed them 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — November 16, 2013 @ 10:54 pm

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