Life at the end of the road

June 5, 2018

The ‘Red Caves’

Filed under: animals, Avon Searider, daily doings, pigs — Tags: , , , , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 9:41 pm

Well, that’s it, the boat is out the water and the caravan packed, we’re off to Eden tomorrow and it’s a bit of a trek Sad smile Rockness is no more, Belladrum caravan tickets sold out in February and my camping days are long gone Smile Never been to this ‘boutique’ festival in the Borders before but know plenty of folk who have and it gets great reviews. Didn’t realize it was a four day event right enough and I dunno if an old codger in his sixties can last that long Smile Still, I’ll give it a shot and who knows, perhaps I’ll even get my nails painted again Smile


Sure it’s gonna be awesome with the likes of the Peatbog Faeries

and Shooglenifty

doing the banging ‘Acid house Celtic croft rock’ thing and Groove Armada

heading up a headline DJ slot.

Sure it would have been nice to be taking a newly refurbished ‘Old Girl’ but she’s in the middle of major surgery just now so it’ll be Wifey’s Subaru pulling the caravan 330 miles to Moffatt via Girvan.


A long day

First task of the day was to get the boat out of the water, it’ll be at least three weeks before it’s used again and whilst the mooring is perfectly safe I don’t want to antifoul the Searider’s hull so there’s no point having it in the water gathering barnacles and weed.

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That’ll be my son trying out our ‘tender’ last night and the ‘wee dug’ trying on her lifejacket, she was not impressed. In fact she refused ‘point blank’ to move from the spot, probably not a bad thing really, perhaps she’ll no run about the boat like a wee dafty Smile

Anyway, whilst my son had a great paddle around Loch Arnish last night


I opted just to put on me dry suit and just swim out to the boat this morning.

After a few ‘start up checks’ it was off south at an economical 3500RPM and just short of 20knots, stopping only once to have a look around the ‘Red Caves’.


Directly east of Portree on Raasay’s western shore and carved into the ancient pink and white gneiss are a series of sea caves and arches known by fishermen as the ‘Red Caves’. It’ll be know as something completely different here on Raasay but that’s the way of it. Few locals on Raasay will refer to Kyle Rona, that narrow tidal race between Rona and Raasay as the ‘Blind Sound’ but that’s what all the trawler men and creel fishermen call it. Same with the cliffs on Raasay’s eastern shore south of Brochel, I think referred to locally as Cathedral rock or its Gaelic equivalent. Me, I call it the ‘White Face’ cos I worked with a Kyle fisherman long before I move to Raasay and that’s what he called the white sandstone cliffs.

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They really are spectacular and had the tide been high with the sea this calm it’s possible to put the boat inside them.

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When the tide is high that last rock looks like the head and shoulders of a man and probably has a Gaelic name that reflects that.


Not long after I was at the ferry terminal and dragged the boat out of the water easily using the Subaru that Wifey had deposited there for me. The 90HP Tohatsu TLDI (two stroke, low pressure, direct injection) was still running off the same tank of fuel as when we launched it there on Saturday morning. It’s a standard Quicksilver 25lt tank so not bad for all the running about we did around Fladda and Loch a Sgurr.

With the boat back home and washed out with fresh water I spent the rest of the day pottering about getting the caravan ready and making the most of what had turned into a cracking day.

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No wind for the turbines but plenty of sun, fine views towards Harris and Torran Croft.

No water Sad smile

The ‘secret well’ that serves our house is only ever a trickle but hasn’t yet (to my knowledge) dried up even in the driest of months. It may not be much of a flow but it is constant and well capable of replenishing even heavy usage over night. However, ‘your truly’ left a tap running today and emptied 4000lts of fresh water into the heather Sad smile

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So, no toilet flushing or showers until the morning Smile


The weather certainly brought the visitors out


which in turn kept Leah barking all friggin day Smile


The pigs did some epic roaming and kept ‘popping up’ everywhere,


even the septic tank soakaway, which I guess was working overtime due to the running tap Sad smile


It was hard work though, so they had a rest after dinner Smile

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And that’ll round up tonight.


  1. Getting similar fantastic weather that we are here in NI. Enjoy your festival

    Comment by veloce77 — June 5, 2018 @ 10:00 pm

  2. Lovely post today, Paul. Great shots of the caves. I didn’t know about them. I think we’re all feeling the benefit of such good weather after the long winter and long may it continue. Enjoy your festival! Cheers, Carolyn

    On Tue, 5 Jun 2018 22:42 Life at the end of the road, wrote:

    > lifeattheendoftheroad posted: “Well, that’s it, the boat is out the water > and the caravan packed, we’re off to Eden tomorrow > and it’s a bit of a trek Rockness is no > more, Belladrum caravan tickets sold out in February and my camping days > are long gone ” >

    Comment by Carolyn — June 6, 2018 @ 4:26 am

  3. Have a great festie Paul 🙂

    Comment by Lloyd — June 7, 2018 @ 7:31 pm

  4. We hope storm ‘Hector’ has not caused you trouble x

    Comment by Sotw — June 14, 2018 @ 7:41 pm

    • Storm! what storm? little more than a stiff breeze here 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — June 15, 2018 @ 5:07 am

      • trees uprooted here and anything not tied down was borne aloft ( garden parasols were very dangerous when flying around without a skipper ). Glad no damage done at your end x

        Comment by SOTW — June 16, 2018 @ 10:59 pm

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