Saturday, 31 August 2013
Ardnamurchan Campsite, sailed from Elephant Island in the Antarctic to follow Ernest Shackelton's epic 800-mile voyage to South Georgia. Trevor raised the money for the boat he and his three companions used, which he called the Sir Ernest Shackleton. She is now promised to the Scott Polar Research Institute's Polar Museum in Cambridge, so Trevor is carrying out some maintenance before she leaves.
It's hoped to have the Sir Ernest Shackleton on her way to Cambridge in the new year.
Friday, 30 August 2013
S&K MacDonald Homes is based at Mingarry, the other side of Acharacle, is close to handing over the latest new house to be built along the Ormsaigbeg road. It's a three-bedroom house with open-plan ground floor, but the main difference with this build will be its high energy-efficiency rating. With ground-source heating, solar hot water and photovoltaic panels, recycling of internal heat and use of rainwater collected from the roof, it promises to be one of the most eco-friendly houses in the Highlands.
Kenny's company website is here.
Thursday, 29 August 2013
We're very proud of our vegetable garden. All that stands between it and potential disaster are two rather decrepit cats.
Greenham Common protester, has her banners out near Sanna car park for everyone to read, a bit of intellectual stimulus before we began the physical slog.
To get our blood pumping, we started by climbing one of the hills to the north of the village, from where Rachael's sharp eyes spotted something dark moving in the distant sea. Realising what it was, we ran down to the point at Rubha an Duin Bhain to watch two basking sharks working their way westwards along the coast, one of them....
|Photo: Rachael Haylett|
A map of the area is here.
Wednesday, 28 August 2013
here - carrying 310 passengers in some luxury. One of her selling points is that she has sails, but none of them was unfurled as she rounded Ardnamurchan Point. She then headed across the Sound. Ardmore Point light is at left in this picture, with the telecommunications masts on Glengorm at top right.
Discovery had been patiently anchored off the port all day, ferrying her passengers back and forth. But Wind Surf spent only about half an hour in Tobermory before she came out again, now under sail, heading for Portrush.
He says the facilities in his new property are superb particularly as, every couple of weeks, Nan MacLachlan comes and mows the lawn, at no cost to himself. There are occasional irritations through the house being a letting house, like when people park their cars on his breakfast table, and he's not looking forward to one of them bringing a dog with them, but, in general, he's very happy.
But Sunday's trip produced a very special sighting as we rounded the southern tip of Glas Eilean - an otter who seemed not to have seen us even though he had surfaced within five metres of the kayaks. In fact, he came up twice more before he suddenly realised there was something wrong, and then he did what otters are so adept at doing: he simply disappeared.
We've had close encounters with otters before. Their eyesight when they're on the surface is poor so, as long as we don't move, they don't seem to see us, however bright the colour of our boats; and, when they dive, we can use the paddles to move, as long as we do it slowly.
There are always grey seals in the bay, sometimes as many as forty or fifty. On a fine day they're lying on one of the small islets off Port na Luinge, and reluctantly take to the water when we approach. For as long as we're around two or three of them keep watch on us.
An interactive version of the map is here.
Tuesday, 27 August 2013
Our only companions on the hill were the scattered members of a flock of blackface sheep, who thought we were quite mad....
Monday, 26 August 2013
Many thanks to Kilchoan Early Bird for the pictures.
A map of the area is here.