Life at the end of the road

April 1, 2014

The Hallaig is off to Mallaig :-(

Filed under: boats, Croft house for sale, daily doings, New hybrid ferry, The daily pothole — Tags: , , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 9:59 pm

Well, it’s been another couple of ‘peachy days’ here on Raasay, perhaps not quite ‘wall to wall’ sunshine but dry nonetheless. The only ‘fly in the ointment’ being our relocation to Mallaig for Easter, though I must confess I’m quite looking forward to it. Having said that that it’s not ‘set in stone’ yet but we’re certainly heading there tomorrow in the good ship Hallaig to see if she’ll fit on the ‘link spans’ at Mallaig and Armadale. Measurements seem to indicate that she will but we’ll not know for sure until we try.

With the inception of the summer timetable on Friday the MV Coruisk would normally be on that busy tourist route but she’d had an ‘accident’


Image of MV Coruisk

and is now being repaired on the Clyde.

The MV Loch Linnhe arrived on Sunday and will be ‘picking up’ our service as of 7:55 on Wednesday so any travellers will have to make sure they arrive in plenty of time to be assured of a place on the ferry. After the football pitch sized car deck of the Hallaig, Linnhe’s will seem awfully cramped, especially when the bin lorry or gas tanker turn up.


Not that the car deck is always full Smile This will be the council pickup going back to Skye with a clean bed and two shovels in the back. Usually it’s still got tar in it Sad smile However not this time, no, on this occasion it was over assisting two local lads repairing the roads properly for the first time in years. Neil and Norman did a fine job and I urge everyone to contact the council and tell them as much I did. The councils road budget has been slashed by a third yet the price of tar has doubled, the only way to get Raasay roads repaired properly is to get Raasay folk ‘on the case’. Sending this pickup over once a fortnight with a ton of tar in is pointless, send 15 or 20 tons over in a larger lorry ever few months for the same cost and then get Gofer and Slim ‘on the case’ Smile 

Anyway, apart from preparing for our trip to Mallaig tomorrow I’ve been busy keeping the Hallaig running sweet


by changing the fuel filters


and replacing some leaky hydraulic hoses.

Spring is here

Yes, it really is, with bats, wheatears, frogspawn and greenery.


This field was pure mud a week ago, now it’s ‘greener mud’ Smile


Cherry blossom Smile


lush grass and flowers Smile


  1. We’ll be coming over on the Tuesday after Easter. Will the Hallaig be back on the Raasay run then? Hang on to that lovely spring weather please, Paul.

    Comment by Anne Macdonald — April 1, 2014 @ 10:32 pm

  2. Paul, any idea what time you’re leaving for Mallaig tomorrow? I’d like to get some aerial pics of her when she goes under the bridge.



    Comment by Rich — April 1, 2014 @ 11:19 pm

    • Morning Rich, I guess we’ll be passing under the bridge around 10:00am

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — April 2, 2014 @ 4:33 am

      • You were an hour early mate ;-), I’ve put a few pics on the Ships AIS site, if you or crew want originals let me know. Michael, sadly not my best pictures, it was a bit rushed…



        Comment by Rich — April 2, 2014 @ 9:16 am

  3. Paul,
    Good to see it is drying out up there you sure deserve it by now.
    That is a bit of a commute to Armadale, will Calmac give you digs down there?
    Rich, look forward to the pictures.


    Comment by Arthur T Bomber Harris — April 2, 2014 @ 7:29 am

  4. Hi , might see you on the Mallaig – Armadale service. It would be great to meet you in person as I always appreciate your blog postings.

    Comment by Nigel Macleod — April 2, 2014 @ 12:36 pm

  5. so how does that work, Paul … do you sleep on board

    Comment by cazinatutu — April 2, 2014 @ 4:00 pm

  6. have a good time in the big city!! grant is back in rassay but I am off to the Congo : ( did you get your electric fence tester btw?

    Comment by v8mbov — April 2, 2014 @ 6:55 pm

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