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

Whitsun Weekend.

The deal for last night was that I would go home for my break and be on call for later. Why it even crossed any one’s mind that I would not be called out…… 6.10 and the phone rang with a slightly panicky Judith at the other end. This Inn we have never ceases to amaze me. Judith at the door with the clip board and Jill and I working the tables along with Ruaraidh M, Jess, Miranda, Jamie and Kenny G all coming out with plates of food till 9.30. I fished for two days and we were sold out of prawns by 8.30. Weather is bad for tomorrow so mediums and what we now call splitters are coming ashore in the morning. Tonight there were 64 booked plus the usual passing trade, last night it was 84. I really do not know how it happens but it does. During the day there must have been over 100 bikers passing through.

Yesterday morning did not start well as I got a phone call at 9 saying the Filling station was down again, this after it was supposed to have been fixed on Wednesday. It has been rebooted every day since!! I still think it has been one of the better things that has happened here in quite a while and I have said it before without the pumps we would be in a fair bit of trouble by now as a community. We will get them fixed and it will be an even bigger achievement when we do as we have had little or no support in trying to fix the problems. I always remember the shopkeeper telling me that when we cleaned the tanks,shutting them down in the process he lost 20% of his turnover. So no pumps would lead to possibly no shop and from there who knows. We just find it so frustrating that we are losing so many sales, the visitors are very understanding and appreciative but sometimes that is not enough.


Had an hour planned with the Guardian before work so that went out the window. One car that will not be getting petrol from any pumps again is Tom’s, a regular who comes up to Applecross to chill out for a week enabling him to carry on working with disadvantaged kids. Above Keppoch his attention was turning to the Bay where he planned to put his tent up. Back to the road and there was the stag, Automatic quick swerve and after a few end overs he used up one of his lives. Judging by where his car ended up his is a very lucky man with just a few cuts and bruises.You have to go back to the 60s for the last fatality on the Hill although there are numerous bumps and scrapes. Tom’s was a little more spectacular.


Saturday’s busy shift was preceded by another day’s fishing for the Inn and very poor it continues to be. The morning was lovely despite a breeze forecast and the surrounds coming out of the moorings as always worth a look.



My friendly gannet came alongside again along with the cohort of skuas. The big advantage of poor fishing is there are very few other boats out on the Sound so I am getting a lot of the birds around me.


Great to see the wee terns having a go at the skua tanks.


Breeze was from the south today and perfect for sailing. This yacht came out from Poll Domhain, a great little anchorage to the east of Ardban. Although open to the north no swell seems to enter the bay and provides a stopping off point for sailors heading up and down the Sound.IMG_3184

Heard a great story a couple of nights ago about a couple of wee boys who were very excited about a rare cold winter’s day where they used the main road to create a slide. They had borrowed a pair of oilskins and went up and down the road until it was a sheet of ice and they were exhausted. They retired very happy and tired at 10pm to bed. Next day on discovering one of the local worthies car was upside down on its roof at the bottom of the slide, coupled with a pair of ruined oilskins there were two little boys from Milton who kept very quiet for the next few days.

Comments on: "Whitsun Weekend." (6)

  1. Great photos as always Ali! That driver WAS lucky…..must have been quite a shock to go that far.

    • applecrosslifeattheedge said:

      He was remarkably calm when I saw him amongst the mayhem of Sat night. He is an ex policeman which probably helped him cope with any after shock. Spoke to him last night and he was more than happy about taking a photo and posting. Always feel that you may intrude on other people’s misfortune.

  2. Anne Macrae said:

    Greatly appreciate the petrol pumps – at all hours ! Takes me back to serving fuel at Uisdean’s shop thirty years ago now. One of the best things to happen in Applecross and leading the way for other rural communities. Hats off to yourself and other community volunteers who give up time to help this happen.

    • applecrosslifeattheedge said:

      Cheers Anne, just frustrating it is not as it should be, but we will get there.

  3. Hi Ali,
    Just catching up with your blog.
    We met Tom on the beach during one of our visits.
    It’s a pity his car was damaged, but Tom’s ok, so it’s not so bad.
    Pass on our regards if you see him.
    D and K

    • applecrosslifeattheedge said:

      Considering where his car ended up he was very fortunate. We were a little concerned about a knock to the head and/or shock but he was fine the next morning. I got to know him that week and checked out it was ok to put his car on the blog! Hope all’s well with you and will mention you wee asking after him.

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