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

An Enjoyable Favour.

A little confusion reigned this morning. When taking the dogs out first thing got a request for a couple of cans of diesel for a generator. It was do that first or head for the toilets, well I did the diesel and it was just as well. Headed out to the Varuna to check her over for tomorrow’s tow but saw Donald on board and the confusing bit was he was waiting for me to tow him over today. Did not take much organising and we headed off in ten minutes. Actually a far better day for doing it especially having seen the forecast for tomorrow.


Speed was not too bad


and the trip down to Uags, round the corner and up Loch Kishorn. Lovely views over to the West, passing first Eilean na Ba


and then the Crowlins.


Toscaig next.IMG_7020

Over to the south the Bridge was lit up


and rays of sun light kept coming and going.


Towing went well with calm conditions all the way.


Weather up ahead, although quiet was looking showery and the result of the sun still shining in the south-west were some spectacular rainbows.


In the quiet weather boats were out making the most of the break.


Then for the tricky bit. I am getting good at not getting too stressed out by not thinking about events before you need to. Tied up along side the Michelle we headed in together to tie her up along the north side of the pier at the Yard. Ewen waiting for us and everything went well


with no boats hitting any thing they were not supposed to.

The Michelle safely tied up , Donald with his lift arranged for home it was just a case for me to cast off and head back to the mooring. As I was leaving Donald said something that was unnecessary “Anytime you want a favour just ask” but he still said it and like Kenny towing me in when I ran out of diesel this summer it is always good to know you are surrounded by good people. Only glad it was my turn to help. It is very much a sea code….you drop everything to sort some out who may be in a spot of bother.The reason I thought everything was happening tomorrow was another boat was ear marked for the cradle and she arrived as I steamed back out.


Past the now historic Kishorn Oil Yard’s base


and Dry Dock,


now the domain of Ferguson’s Transport and Donnie “Tarzan” Gillies.

Journey back was as enjoyable with views to the north both bright and dark up the Bealach.


Terns down here as well.


Back down the Loch was wonderful


as was the view due West just to the South of the Crowlins.


Round Uags and north to home, past the ruins of the families struck down by TB,


then on by Ardban.


Into the moorings where a big Greg was out in his Canadian


paddling amongst the eiders….well only one as I have not seen his mate yet.


All that was left to do was to drop the diesel off, up the road to pick up a couple of sirloin  steaks get a lesson involving fingers and thumbs on how to gauge whether a steak is well, medium or rarely cooked. Then back home to cook two medium rare whisky steaks to finish off a very enjoyable and fulfilling day. But not before taking in another rainbow.


Comments on: "An Enjoyable Favour." (20)

  1. Great to see picture of Kishorn. In all my years working in that loch I haven’t got any photo’s……….only memories.

    • applecrosslifeattheedge said:

      Glad to oblige!! It was a good wee trip and a surprisingly long loch.

      • Don’t I remember, going up to the North Shore Site to feed Fish. Mind you I do remember sunny spring days having my lunch on kishorn Island.

        I also remember the guy Dougie who used to live in a wee bothy half way up the loch on the North Shore. He used to sail a tiny little yellow boat with a little outboard into Achintraid for his weekly supplies. If the weather was bad he would have to walk which must have been a fair trek considering he would have had to go to Tornapress to cross the Kishorn and back up the other side just to get to the post office.

      • applecrosslifeattheedge said:

        Remember Dougie well. He used to turn up in Toscaig on wednesdays to catch the travelling grocery van. Mostly by walking. Ended up writing a book but although a copy in Applecross some where it was said to be a bit dense. True eccentric. Lunch on Kishorn island….that appeals.

  2. basketbob said:

    Super pics as ever Ali, and a great journal. :0)

  3. Fantastic photos, and well done on the trip!

  4. Harris, Elizabeth said:

    Beautiful pictures and a Happy memory

    Tell Donald where’s my Lobster xxx


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    • applecrosslifeattheedge said:

      I will pass that on although it will be autumn now before any more on the plate…local ones anyway.

  5. What a grand day out. I am fascinated by what might remain at Kishorn Yard – at some stage there must have been one very big hole for the Ninian platform – filled in?

    • applecrosslifeattheedge said:

      The Hole/Dry Dock is still there and the current plans are for a redevelopment to build wind turbines for the offshore industry. Lots of maybes involved in whether this will go ahead. Often been said there were one too many oil rig production building yards in Scotland and this may be the case again for turbines. Depends on who you speak to whether it will proceed.

    • It is very much still there have a look on google earth.The dry dock was used to construct the caissons for the sky bridge. I also found this video whilst reminiscing about Kishorn http://ssa.nls.uk/film/5973

  6. I remember it being pumped dry when the Bridge caissons were built unfortunately i never went over to the site to see it. Used to fish for Cod in there when it was full.I presume you can’t get onto the site any more.

    Ali yes Kishorn island for lunch is a great spot, as was the small beach opposite at the end of the forestry. When we were working on the mussel rafts it was quicker to have lunch on the island than travelling back to Achintrad.

    I believe Dougie wrote several books. I take it he is no longer around.

    • applecrosslifeattheedge said:

      Dougie is no longer here…quite a while now. Access to the site would be fairly easy..local knowledge. I like the Island bit may do it myself one day.

  7. Its a great Island nice and sheltered on the eastern side, would be great for a family picnic or BBQ.

  8. Hazel and Dave said:

    The tale and sequence of photos from your day out are a stunning reminder to those of us far away in North Staffordshire of the rigours and beauty of life on the edge in all seasons, but especially winter.

    Whatever the matters behind the minibus, we had a 4 hour armed siege in our little road yesterday. WTF is our world coming to? (No body hurt BTW).

    • applecrosslifeattheedge said:

      I do n’t think we will have a siege although just about everything else has been tried!! It will be sorted and hopefully soon without too many casualties. Glad you liked the trip to Kishorn.

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