Life at the end of the road

November 1, 2019

Like Scotland, on steroids :-)

Filed under: boats, daily doings — Tags: , , , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 9:22 pm

Rabbits, rabbits, rabbits, that’s it November is here and my ‘body clock’ is really fecked now Sad smile After less than a week of getting the hang of this clock shifting carry on I’m in Norway and back on BST or it least it’s equivalent so I managed to stay awake until 10:30 last night. Truth is, most of that would be due to the fact that I’m actually on holiday so not governed by feeding animals, nope, that is now the responsibility of my house, dug, hen and pig sitter Smile Nah, me, I’m cruising up the West Coast of Norway in a 55 year old Hurtigruten ("Express Route", formally The coastal route Bergen-Kirkenes) ship called MS Lofoten

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With regular stops to discharge cargo by crane the MS Lofoten is hardly your regular ‘cruise ship’ but that’s why I chose it Smile

SAS ‘who cares who wins’ Smile

I can’t speak for anyone everyone, but I’m sure I’ll not be on my own in being glad to see the back of the film production company, celebs and ‘hangers on’ associated with a certain TV program filmed on and around Raasay. Sure, more than a few folk, myself included made a ‘few bob’ but their thoughtlessness, incompetence and disrespect for other folk and their property will not be lamented.

You gotta laugh really, it was as if they were on ‘another planet’ asking everyone who ‘crossed their path’ to sign ‘none disclosure agreements’ yet driving everywhere in a fleet of black Land Rovers and Range Rovers Smile Smile Smile I was speaking to a friend on Skye who saw them at the Storr car park. They were hard to miss in their long black crocodile of cars with a 4×4 ambulance in the lead. My mate says to one of the dudes who ‘stuck out like a sore thumb’ dressed all in black, my mate says “are you filming something” to which he received the reply, “yeah but were trying to be discrete” Smile Smile Smile My mate nearly fell over laughing.

Apparently, according to ‘a friend who knows’ they are ‘a good production company’ well I’d hate to see a bad one Smile They left a trail of trashed accommodation, damaged ditches, broken pallets and almost a half butchered deer carcass behind them. I say ‘almost’ cos luckily a friend found it by the side of the road in some bracken. Rightly so he got onto them straight away,  they paid someone from Skye to come over and collect the badly hacked up beast away. Saying the ‘SAS’ had disposed of it responsibly and it must have been dragged down towards the road by a wild animal Smile Smile 

Preparing for the ‘off’

It’s a long while since I’ve had to ‘fend for myself’ in the going abroad department, the last time being so long ago that I took a Swiss Army Penknife, Leatherman tool and gas lighter on the plane. Sure I’ve flown a couple of times since but always had help in the organizing and packing department. Or it least if not help then someone else to blame for forgetting something Smile Hence the lack of posting before heading off last wee, as well as myself I’d to get stock in for my house, pig, hen and dug sitter. This was a bit of a tragedy cos Monday was a pure peach of a day and I could have been doing without having to go to Portree for feed. Even so, after catching the first ferry I did manage to get back home before lunch and get much done before dark.

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And I suppose the ‘clock tinkering’ did make the drive to catch the 7:55 light enough to take a few pictures Smile


Luckily Harbro opened early for me and I managed to return on the 9:25.


The ‘Black Cuilin’ was suitably ‘moody’

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the Polish clam divers were just about to start work, Hector’s ‘Noost’ looked almost finished and Hallaig was waiting.


Arriving back on Raasay to find the ‘Alamo’ being dismantled and taken away Smile


Methinks this is a young buzzard cos in thirty years I’ve only ever managed to photograph one other at the bottom of ‘Glam Brae’. There’s quite often one there, has been since 1989 but when ever I stop they fly off before I can get the camera out. This one didn’t and he does have that youthful glaikit look about himself Smile


Portree was looking brighter than it did at 7:30 Smile

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and the odd rainbow brightened up the drive home.

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Whereupon I emptied the Subaru of it’s many bags of pig and hen feed,

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being well impressed with its ability to climb up to the hen shed in low ratio with no drama.

On my way Smile

And, after much packing, swapping suitcases, making lists, restless sleep and frosty start I headed for the 9:55 ferry and Barrhead.

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It was even frostier at Inverarish!!!

Up a fjord

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Well, what can I say, it’s a bit spectacular Smile


  1. I’m on hols on Raasay at the moment and I saw a skip at the Alamo piled up with slatted bed frames and presumably much else besides. Leftovers from filming presumably destined for landfill?? Hope I’m wrong.

    Comment by Janet Donnelly — November 1, 2019 @ 9:32 pm

    • Enjoy your holiday too Janet 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — November 2, 2019 @ 6:47 am

  2. Enjoy your cruise Paul,it’s a great trip and very relaxing.

    Comment by Alastair Matheson — November 1, 2019 @ 10:32 pm

  3. Hi Paul,

    Really pleased you’re on the Lofoten. I did the Norwegian Coastal Voyage some years ago, but on the largest vessel, Midnatsol. The voyage was called the Explorer, as we did Bergen to Kirkenes then back again to Tromsø, where we spent a day then hopped on the train overland to Oslo for three nights. Instead of flying home, we visited friends who had just moved to Norway and stayed at their cabin in Hemsedal and their home up a mountain near to Kongsberg. The first thing that struck me about car travelling in Norway was the sheer scale of the country and the infrastructure. All those connecting bridges and quiet well maintained roads. Okay, taxes are high, but you get what you pay for. I’d love to do that voyage again on one of the older boats, but even on the posher ones there is no entertainment (suits me) and they are all smaller than most cruise ships. Bon voyage! Carolyn

    On Fri, 1 Nov 2019 21:22 Life at the end of the road, wrote:

    > lifeattheendoftheroad posted: “Rabbits, rabbits, rabbits, that’s it > November is here and my ‘body clock’ is really fecked now After less than a > week of getting the hang of this clock shifting carry on I’m in Norway and > back on BST or it least it’s equivalent so I managed to stay awake” >

    Comment by Carolyn — November 2, 2019 @ 9:06 am

  4. Blimey… relaxing? Really? Have you got time for that?

    What’s the MAM on that Subaru? Might want to fit some commercial tyres 😜

    Comment by Matt — November 2, 2019 @ 11:12 am

  5. Iam green with envy. Went on the Hurtigruten many years ago when the Narvik was the flagship. Must have been 40 years at least. Best voyage ever.

    Comment by eileen1929 — November 2, 2019 @ 2:04 pm

  6. Thank you for speaking out Paul! I’m still waiting for them to repair my destroyed living room ceiling after they seemingly jumped off my bed, broke floor boards upstairs and yep … crash … down came my ceiling.
    They are now sorting it (seemingly), but it’s left a bitter taste for me and other cottage owners.

    Comment by sarah watts — November 4, 2019 @ 8:22 am

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