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’ That’ll be us just approaching the Skye bridge and ‘Scuba Dickie’ on his motorbike He really did get some excellent shots of us going under the bridge.
Just check out the full size images here http://www.marinetraffic.com/photos/of/ships/photo_keywords:235099235
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