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

Who wanted the rain? On the third day and already getting fed up of it, a pity because I am just about to leave for Knoydart for an LDO gathering. It is a pity that the weather is so poor as I have never been on the peninsula and going for a few walks would have been good. Probably will anyway and spare clothes are packed.

Yesterday I headed in to Inverness via Loch Ness Inn, dropping off prawns, and rapidly went round all the usual pickup points, this time with a Spring feel as seeds and seed potatoes, bushman were all purchased.

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Was going to be back nice and early but at the Tore roundabout decided to finally catch up with Torquil at his Berry Farm and catch up we did over a cup of tea. A trip back thirty years to Edinburgh University and shinty/drinking days where names not quite forgotten were dredged up. With his connections to the Coigeach and my growing interest in how communities up and down the west are meeting all the challenges we chatted about how we argue and deal with all our problems. One thing stuck with me and it is something I have mentioned before, Torquil said that at least there is a community where we disagree and dispute issues. Although living just outside Inverness he feels quite isolated and is often working on his own, a common problem in rural areas. Always good to see how one’s peers are doing in life. We bump along on our own paths and then meet up with others on theirs. A bunk house is almost at completion stage and this years plants are in. Ended up with some tomato plants for Camusterrach.

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On the way home in the teeming rain nipped up to the newly constructed dam at Coire nan Arr with the loch full and coming over the top. Russell burn is spectacular white water today. Lazy photography…not getting out of the van in this weather.

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It is now Knoydart time and its’s off to Skye.

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