Life at the end of the road

October 20, 2021

Raasay Community Renewables

Filed under: animals, daily doings, hydro — Tags: , , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 9:02 pm

Almost a Land Rover free day, now there’s a thing, well I’d planned on going to Portree in the morning anyway but thought I’d still get time to road test the Old Girl at least but it wasn’t to be. The day started promisingly enough. Though heading for the 7:55 ferry meant feeding the wiglets in the dark and denying Bonzo his walk, Molly being quite happy to skip the walking or in her case hobbling. Preferring her cage in the car to the walking carry on.


The MV Loch Tarbert is still on station our own trusty MV Hallaig being still in dock at Dales in Greenock OK, not actually in the dry dock, we took her out on Sunday 3rd but still being worked on in the wet dock next door, hopefully she’ll be back early next week cos the poor old Tarbert is struggling to cope with the extra volume of traffic.

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Being designed to take 18 cars in the day when a Vauxhall Viva was an average sized saloon. She’s lucky to get two thirds that number these days as both cars and people get larger and larger.

I stopped before Portree and took the dogs for a walk in the Varragill forest until Molly refused to go any further. Sitting down on the path no amount of verbal encouragement or even biscuits could tempt her onwards and she would get up until I turned round and headed back to the car.

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Portree and Ben Tianavaig from the west I normally see it from the east on Raasay where it looks much more majestic.

It wasn’t long before I’d got all I required from town and was heading back to Sconser for the 10:25

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The Raasay Hydro

Being back on Raasay early I went up to the old mine workings on the Fearns road to see how the community hydro was getting on. The project has been years in the planning and £650,000 was raised by crowdfunding and the tireless work of the young team on the board. It’s worth joining Facecloth just to check out their Facebook page to watch the video Smile.

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Work started in June and is well underway.

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Bonzo charged ahead over the Bailey bridge Molly and I following sedately behind.

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Looks like much of the penstock has been fusion welded.

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Those images are lifted off the Facecloth page and show the pipe being welded.

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Here’s the intake for the larger turbine and its Coanda screen. The screen is self cleaning and they are very expensive, each individual vertical bar being slightly curved similar to an aircraft wing which creates an area of low pressure that prevents debris sticking to it . The scheme has two turbines with two penstocks and inlets, this is the larger 99kW one and will be going

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up there where Bonzo is. Molly gave up at this point Smile

So we headed home where I discovered this unwelcome visitor on the croft helping himself  Smile



  1. The hydro project looks impressive Paul, well done to all concerned. Hopefully, that’s fewer wind turbines.
    I’m still on Mull until Saturday and I must say that I’ve never seen the roads so busy this time of year. I decided to go over to Lochaline yesterday afternoon and the Lochinvar had to leave behind some vehicles on the outward journey. Ok coming back though.

    Comment by glenelgadventure — October 21, 2021 @ 8:06 am

  2. Good to have the update on the Renewables scheme. We walked up there in June and saw the beginnings of the works and look forward to the updates (and yes – I did invest inn it!).


    Comment by Sue Styles — October 21, 2021 @ 8:43 am

    • In not inn …..

      Comment by Sue Styles — October 21, 2021 @ 8:44 am

  3. Thanks for the update on the renewables. All looking good! Yes, I invested and enjoy following the work in progress.

    Comment by scotmusik — October 21, 2021 @ 10:23 am

    • Well done Carolyn and Sue.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — October 22, 2021 @ 7:57 am

  4. I’ve been wondering how that project was coming along. Good to see it in full swing!

    Poor Molly… still she’s had her bouncing around days. Time to relax me thinks.

    How did you get shot of your unexpected visitor?

    Comment by Matt — October 21, 2021 @ 10:25 am

    • Eating his liver as we speak, yum, yum 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — October 21, 2021 @ 1:52 pm

      • Field (garden) to fork… best way to keep that carbon foot print down!

        Comment by Matt — October 21, 2021 @ 2:04 pm

  5. Great update on the hydro project Paul and well done to all involved. Looks amazing!

    Fabulous pics too. Was just giving my mum an update on your blog. Best wishes

    Comment by Corinna Spowart — October 21, 2021 @ 7:10 pm

  6. Not exactly oven ready, but close enough by Westminster standards.

    Comment by englishjim — October 21, 2021 @ 9:06 pm

  7. Sadly, I missed the whole hydro project info until 3 days after funding opportunities closed. I would have loved to help out a bit. But it was fascinating to read about it and exciting to see progress. You have to be so very proud of Ross! He was certainly trained well at home! Oh…and with two elderly terriers here, I’m happy to hear that Molly is fine. Slower perhaps, but still going.

    Comment by Laura Winkler — October 21, 2021 @ 11:58 pm

    • Hi Laura, I really did try to do some posts at the time to bring attention to the share offer but just couldn’t seem to face it. For a while it seemed like £650,000 was such a lot of money to raise in such a short time but it all came rushing it at once just days before the offer closed.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — October 22, 2021 @ 7:43 am

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