Life at the end of the road

September 22, 2019

A pleasant run home :-)

Filed under: daily doings — Tags: , , , , , , , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 7:55 am

I would have titled this ‘Home at last’ but I’m pretty sure I’ve ‘done that phrase to death’. It took me 33 years to find a true place I could call and feel like home, another thirty years on, I still feel the same, like a limpet getting back to it’s particular spot on a rock, I just don’t seem to ‘fit’ anywhere else Smile I was gonna take some photos of ‘wandering’ limpets, they must have a truly amazing homing instinct. Sure pigeons are pretty good but your limpet has to do all his foraging within a certain time frame then return to EXACTLY the same spot in EXACTLY the same orientation before the tide goes back out. All a pigeon has to do is find the same loft then use his eyes to find the door, as far as I’m aware limpets don’t have eyes so how do they do it, scent I guess, whatever, tis quite amazing to watch if you have the time, limpets do not do anything in a hurry. I was watching some the other day but managed to loose my Nikon W300 waterproof (allegedly to 30m) camera. No great loss to be honest, it was a piece of expensive carp, had been back to Nikon twice under warranty and was just starting to play up again when I went for my dip at the Rubh nan Sasan gun battery. The thing fell out my pocket as I made a landing in surf on the rocks. I saw it roll down the rocks back into the drink and thought ‘feck it’ twas useless anyway and I aint going through that again.


It was a long climb back up that cliff and I was pure feckered Smile It was also when I discovered I had no memory card in this camera or lead to download the picture, hence their late arrival.

I’m back at Sonas now, arriving home off the 11:25 ferry after a fantastic journey home.

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I left my money in the honesty box, departed Firemore beach at 7:30 and had the road to myself.

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A good 90 miles of ‘Muppet free’ roads, right up to the Broadford Co op petrol station where they appeared in droves Smile Driving in the ‘No Entry’ blocking pumps and generally causing chaos in their brand new hire cars Smile Luckily I managed to escape most of the hilarity by going to the HGV pump away from the madness Smile

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Aye, even Sconser looked beautiful yesterday Smile


It looked even better when Hallaig arrived to take me away Smile

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Once home Molly and I had a wander down to the slip as I was contemplating launching the Searider but the ‘wee dug’ advised me that we’d ‘missed the tide’. Perhaps we’ll do it today Smile

Cove Point, Rubh nan Sasan

Wee dug and I did much exploring around the old gun battery and here’s some picture that got ‘tied up’ in me camera until this morning.


One of the three generator bunkers on the site, each 6” gun had one and there was a double one near the entrance, so four generators in all.

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An observation post but I’m pretty sure this is for the ‘Loop indicator system’ and not the main batteries (riveting reading for an anorak like me)


The main battery observation post is between the gun emplacements

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These are the magazines for the main batteries, one for each, a respectable distance from the emplacement.

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The ‘practice’ ones being kept nearest to the door, at least that’s what it says on the middle image.


Molly did advise me not to enter Smile

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I’m guessing this shed on the back of the emplacement was for ‘ready use’ ammunition. There is a hatch at the back of the gun emplacement and that wall to the right of the doorway is much thicker than the other three to act as a ‘blast wall’ I guess.

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From our wee shopping trip to Gairloch, some pictures from the harbour, the boat on the left is called Kayway I think and I first met it east of Scalpay some thirty odd years ago when diving for clams. So too were they, two youngsters called Elder I think, must be in their fifties now, if I’m not mistaken their father, Donald, raised it off the seabed ‘back in the day’ Smile

Well, it’s almost 9:00am now, had a wonderful burger at Raasay House last night, hence the late start so I better get out and feed everyone. With a little luck I may even get the Searider launched at 13:00, assuming that is I get all my tasks finished Smile 4m is about what I need for recovery but I can launch with less.



  1. Great to read your posts, thanks for sharing

    Comment by tonylucas63 — September 22, 2019 @ 1:44 pm

    • Glad you like it Tony.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — September 24, 2019 @ 6:24 am

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