Life at the end of the road

April 3, 2014

Just a lightweight :-)

Filed under: boats, daily doings, New hybrid ferry — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 7:03 pm

Well, that’s it, the Hallaig is in Mallaig and we should be picking up the Mallaig Armadale service some time tomorrow, not immediately right enough, but with a bit of luck it’ll be in the morning. Modifications have had to be made to accommodate our very wide ramp and they’ll hopefully be completed in the morning.

I had planned to get all the snaps of our fantastic voyage from Raasay to Armadale on here yesterday but we’ve had issues with the shore power, the day was long and I got side-tracked by my comrades.


Raasay to Mallaig


It was a perfect day and we departed Churchton bay at 7:45 leaving Loch Linnhe to cover for us over Easter, something that’ll be a ‘wake up call’ for a vocal minority who prefer the Loch Class.



By the time I’d done my end of the month paperwork we were east of Scalpay, west of the Gulnare rock and I was boring my mates with tales of great clam fishing here, though I forgot to mention the crayfish! In fact I’ve only just this minute remembered the monster specimen that I picked up near here some fifteen years ago. It was the only one that I’ve ever seen around this part of Scotland and was just walking along the bottom. I can’t recall its weight but it was almost as big as a fish box and I got over £30 for it from my buyer.



This is the ‘Keepers cottage’ on Scalpay with Ben na Calliach in the background, it took me a while to figure out what the white things were but it’s a lay bye full of tinkers caravans on the Broadford road.


Longay on the right, Scalpay on the left, Raasay, Dun Caan and Rona in the middle.


It’s a hard life ‘before the mast’ Smile That’ll be us just approaching the Skye bridge and ‘Scuba Dickie’ on his motorbike Smile He really did get some excellent shots of us going under the bridge.


Just check out the full size images here



I’m sure there was much more room than there seemed to be as we motored silently beneath.


Anyway, it’s now 20:00 and I’ve an appointment at the Clachan bar to keep so I’ll finish this later Smile



  1. great pictures of the Skye bridge. Never saw it when was up there it hadn’t been built however the caisons were built in the dry dock at Kishorn and I did have the job of night watchman one night when they had been floated out. I was marooned on top of it in a portacabin for the night. Got a great nights sleep and even better you got TV reception.

    Comment by Alistair — April 3, 2014 @ 7:39 pm

  2. It looks like your boats going to be the wild card in the Fleet. Wild Rover comes to mind Paul. But I’m sure your enjoying it.

    Comment by Polite Scouser — April 3, 2014 @ 8:07 pm

  3. Nice to see more pics of your mighty vessel on marine traffic at last. Unfortunately, since their update, they are size restricted unless you pay a subscription. A lovely day for your trip, sure enough. Keep up the good work.

    Comment by CEAPILOT — April 3, 2014 @ 8:29 pm

  4. Fame at last mate! Glad you like the shots. I had hoped to get pics of her docking at Armadale but had to scoot before you arrived. Enjoy the Clachan :-).


    Comment by Rich — April 3, 2014 @ 8:34 pm

    • Cracking pictures Rich, and yes, I vaguely remember ‘enjoying’ it 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — April 6, 2014 @ 7:37 pm

  5. Was looking forward to experiencing the Hallaig when we go to Raasay the week after next but that will just have to wait until the summer.

    Comment by Linsay MacLean — April 3, 2014 @ 10:33 pm

    • You could always come via Mallaig Linsay 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — April 6, 2014 @ 7:37 pm

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