A view on Fishing,Community and Life on the NW coast of Scotland

Long way round to Kyle.

A couple of days off for a bit of man flu so not too much to report on events here. We are just about mid-winter and should really be doing a bit of mid-winter hibernating but that cannot happen until all the paper work is caught up on. Underway but lots to do and with this in mind it was off to Kyle and a visit to both banks with some success. Headed up to An Arcsaid to drop something off to my Mum’s but could not stop as I did not want to give everyone my bug. Hill is blocked by 7 foot snow drift and is being filmed by the follow-up Channel 5 prog that was on last spring about winter conditions. A very opportune way of saying to the world and Highland Council how important this line of communication is to the community and its economy. Going to Kyle by the Coast road is not the best way to get there as you head away from your destination for the first half hour of your journey. A call in to Shieldaig for a really good massage and an interesting chat after.  A thought crossed my mind on the way home and it was connected to some thing that I said at the CES interview when talking about living in a small community. I have always said that you need far greater social skills to live in a small place as everyone knows everyone and you have such a small pool of people few to choose friends from. I realised that the only thing wrong with this is that we only think we know each other. There would have been many raised eyebrows if today’s post treatment conversation had been overheard. It is fun sometimes having views attributed to you by people who have not crossed your path for several months but still seem to know what your thinking is on certain subjects. These trips out, I usually find tiring especially if the Hill is closed but although there were only a couple of sunny moments they were enough to brighten the day’s journey. Looking across to the north of Attadale coming into Lochcarron on the way you could help but admire the majesty of the scenery. And going up Shieldaig Glen in the early afternoon looking across the wee lochan, not a bad place to set up home.

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Comments on: "Long way round to Kyle." (6)

  1. Makes you wonder what life in Applecross must have been like before the coast road was built.

    • applecrosslifeattheedge said:

      Sea transport was far more important. I just caught the end of that era. Ferries to the Outer Isles stopped off and there was the regular Toscaig/Kyle link. My Dad was on that one up till the mid 70s. Fishing was far more important and their boats were used to take in supplies as well.There was a far stronger relationship with the sea than there is now. I suspect that may change back again.

      • If I was less of landlubber I would have realised that for myself – that is nice succinct explanation – do you mind if I quote you as a ‘local resident’ in my book (golf tour to the far north)?

      • applecrosslifeattheedge said:

        Not a problem,I confuse a lot of people here with the term ‘local’, as, although I was not brought up here my kids are 4th generation. Because I never spent my whole life here I do not think ‘local’ but see a bigger picture, that is not to say I am right. And accusing someone of not been ‘local’ has never been one of my thought processes and this is used by some people here as a reason for not agreeing with them.

  2. Many thanks – I will use the term ‘resident’ 🙂

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