Life at the end of the road

February 15, 2020

Dennis is here :-)

Filed under: boats, daily doings, harbour, weather — Tags: , , , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 7:25 am

Dennis the Menace and Gnasher the dog.jpg

Sure enough, the much awaited ‘Storm Dennis’ has arrived and according to XC Weather he was bang on time. I left the house around 6:30 Friday on a dry breezy morn and arrived at Hallaig just after 7:00 in time to get aboard dry. Just as well cos after that the ‘heavens opened’ and somebody turned on the fans!!!

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Fifty three knots of wind and gusting to 60, a good storm by anyone’s reckoning, so bad even the ‘secret clam dredger’ was tied up. I say ‘secret’ cos in true clam dredger fashion he’d been towing his dredges over the Raasay power cables for the last week.

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Not content with that he’s also managed to snag the creels of three of the local boats too Sad smile Of course they knew who he was but no one else would cos his identification numbers were conveniently covered up on both sides with tyres and the one he’s legally required to display on the roof wasn’t even there!!! This destructive method of fishing should not be allowed in inshore waters. It shouldn’t be allowed ‘full stop’, it’s a bit like cutting down trees to harvest mushrooms as my old pal Willie Eyre would say Sad smile I suppose everyone needs to ‘earn a crust’ but if they could actually see the destruction they do on the seabed then perhaps they’d not be so keen.

Illustration showing the key parts of a spring-loaded scallop dredge and how it works on the seabed, including how it affects marine life on boulder reefs. Colin Munro Photography Scallop dredger ©Adam Scott

Anyways, that was us and the dredger tied firmly to Raasay until midday when he headed off to Braes and we went to Sconser.


If the storm was Dennis then the clam dredger is Gnasher Smile and more depressing images here

Relatively undisturbed boulder reef, Lyme Bay, rich in branching sponges and large tunicates (sea squirts). Colin Munro Photography. An area of 'worked' boulder reef in Lyme Bay.  Almost all larger and slow growing species have been removed.  Broken scallop shells and a live scallop buried in a sediment hollow can be seen. Colin Munro Photography.

Kinda ‘before and after’ Sad smile

As for the rest of the week since I last plinked away on here,

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a new crash barrier got installed on the road to Clachan after the landslip last year.

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Strong winds midweek blew down a solar panel at Sconser, part of Highland Council’s solution to speeding motorists through Sconser village and by the ferry terminal. Any sane person can see it should be a 40MPH speed limit through a village where there is a ferry terminal, school bus stop and now take away and bunkhouse. Nope, not HRC or Transport Scotland they deem an unrestricted road perfectly safe and spend gazillions on surveys, consultants, solar powered signage and a bus shelter when two 40MPH signs either side of the village would do the job better and safer for a fraction of the cost.

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It’s been a good week for rainbows too, here be a couple at Glame and Glame Brae.

Speedwell lifting gear in the Raasay Narrows and then back on her mooring.

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Storm Dennis didn’t seem to bother the eider ducks Smile

Well, Gnasher left yesterday afternoon, we finished early and Dennis went to sleep for a while only awaking around 3:00am to do some more ‘menacing’ it’ll be 7:00am now and time for me to go do the hens and check for damage. The pishing rain hasn’t arrived yet but all sailings are cancelled until a 14:30 review. Last night the worst I saw was a dustbin out of place but it was dark, wet and I figured I’d leave my inspection until daylight.


  1. Good to see the road fixed and the new crash barrier in place. Might be functional (which is of course important) but not as pleasing to the eye as the old wall.

    Comment by Derek Peakman — February 15, 2020 @ 8:29 am

    • And at least a crash barrier will let the water through, most important if you don’t maintain the drains!!!!!

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — February 15, 2020 @ 7:52 pm

  2. Dennis is also a shiny red fire engine

    Comment by cazinatutu — February 15, 2020 @ 10:51 am

  3. Hey Paul, self isolation doesn’t mean you cant blog mate. LoL

    Comment by tam — March 14, 2020 @ 11:31 pm

    • Hey Tam, sorry for the lack of input, not been myself 😦 I will be back 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 15, 2020 @ 7:02 am

      • Hope you’re ok.

        Comment by Dan Grey — April 2, 2020 @ 9:21 am

  4. Hi Paul – hope you are doin’ OK up there. At least social distancing will not be a problem. One piece of good virus news overnight – John Travolta has been tested and cleared of Coronavirus – apparently it was only Saturday Night Fever D&M

    Comment by David Gartside — March 22, 2020 @ 12:28 pm

  5. Hello, Getting back into following your posts from over here in the desert. I love the literally cool looking pictures when its super hot and dry over here, thank you for sharing

    Comment by Tony — March 25, 2020 @ 6:04 pm

  6. Hoping you and yours are well. Hugs.

    Comment by Marjorie Stintzi — April 2, 2020 @ 5:19 pm

  7. Not the same without you moaning about the daylight hours – looking forward to hearing from you

    Comment by John smith — April 5, 2020 @ 8:28 am

  8. Paul, I have visited Raasay for many many years. Yours was the first blog to let me see the beautiful photos of Raasay. I hope you are well and would love to see just one photo of the north end even if there are no words. Take care

    Comment by Allison Bancroft — April 10, 2020 @ 12:37 pm

  9. I was wondering how your keeping, Corvid19 and all that, are you a key worker or simply sat at home wondering contemplating your ‘to do’ list?

    Comment by Steve — April 21, 2020 @ 6:10 pm

    • Still shuttling back and fore on Hallaig but only two or three times a day Steve and doing lots of painting in between. That ship sure looks good 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — April 21, 2020 @ 6:47 pm

      • Great to have a little update… have been worried about you!

        Comment by Adrian Cresswell — April 23, 2020 @ 7:52 pm

      • I’m working on it Adrian 🙂

        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — April 24, 2020 @ 5:06 am

  10. looking forward to your next posting mate. The wee dug looks dandy but she must surely be a teenager now, aye?

    Comment by Lloyd Owen-Reece — May 6, 2020 @ 10:49 pm

    • Aye Lloyd, she be thirteen in September.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — May 7, 2020 @ 5:16 am

  11. Hi paul, hope your keeping well. Look forward to hearing from you soon 👍

    Comment by alexmcgarvie — May 19, 2020 @ 6:00 pm

  12. Hoping you’re keeping well 🙂. Often think of you now and then!

    Comment by Dan Grey — May 19, 2020 @ 8:46 pm

  13. Hi Paul. Hope you keeping well, wondering how you all doing on Raasay. Right now I should have been sailing from Oban on IOL to stay with my friends on Barra for two weeks. Never mind much more important things. It will still be there whenever I can get. Take care of yourself now. Sally

    Comment by Sally — June 1, 2020 @ 12:33 pm

  14. Hi Paul. Missing the blog. How are you?

    Comment by David Gartside — June 23, 2020 @ 7:14 am

    • Hi All. Today marks five months since Pauls last blog, exceeding last previous long break April/August 2019.I’m sure all Pauls followers will join me in hoping he and the family are well, and send our very best wishes in these difficult and stressful times. All the best Paul, we are thinking of you. Sally

      Comment by Sally — July 15, 2020 @ 5:20 pm

  15. Thank you Sally for echoing what many of us are feeling. Hope all is well at the end of the road Paul. It is easy to feel isolated wherever we are these days. To Paul and all of his faithful readers, be well and may we enjoy pictures and stories from Raasay in the future. Cheers from Northern California. Morgan

    Comment by Morgan Will — July 16, 2020 @ 5:21 pm

    • Thanks Sally & Morgan and best wishes to Paul & family.

      Comment by David Gartside — July 17, 2020 @ 6:29 pm

  16. Hi there ..Have missed you alot. Hope you will be posting soon. Hope you are well.

    Comment by eileen1929 — July 19, 2020 @ 6:28 pm

  17. Hi Paul, it’s been a few months since I’ve looked in here and when I saw you hadn’t posted since February I thought “My fault, I didn’t use it so I lost it”. But I expect you’ve had other things to think about so I hope all is well at the End of the Road with you and yours. Look forward to your return – you’ve been doing this so long you should be made a Conservation Area or something and it would be a crime to give it up! All the best from the Azores, Neil.

    Comment by Neil King — July 30, 2020 @ 11:20 am

  18. Just to echo what others have said, I miss the updates from Raasay, and I hope all is well with you & yours Paul, I’ll keep checking back and hopefully there’ll be a new post when you’re ready. All the best, John

    Comment by John B — July 31, 2020 @ 8:59 am

    • That’s me out of Lockdown now JB 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — August 4, 2020 @ 4:19 pm

      • And great it is to see! Glad you are keeping well and thanks for the recap and photos! 🙂

        Comment by John B — August 5, 2020 @ 1:18 pm

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