A southeasterly built all morning, with the forecast promising gale force winds by afternoon with gusts to storm force 10. Our day started with a sea eagle patrolling back and forth along the shore below us, as if it knew that if it was going to eat today it would need to be soon.
Around half past eleven the Raasay came across from Tobermory but almost immediately turned back - we're not sure she even came in to the slipway. Most other ferries along the west coast had already been cancelled.
It's not often that one has such a strong wind without rain, so it was an ideal chance to grab pictures, though the lens had to be constantly wiped clear of salt.
What we're experiencing is caused by an occluded front of a deep depression out in the Atlantic - this clip from windytv.com - but the worst of the winds should ease through the night.