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

Hot, in fact Scalding.

Wednesday afternoon; Three days of extra ordinary hot weather, especially today.


Today was as hot as you get on the west coast, even at sea. Wearing the bib part of the oilskins, hat and shades did not help. All the time during this spell you are surrounded by reflections, the sea is a beautiful place to be.




A sudden burning in the eye signalled a bit of scalder jellyfish making its way past my glasses into the eye. All you can do is run the deck wash on the eyes just to dilute the acid burn. Other jelly fish drift by.


The fact that the squats piled into the creels did not help so every moment spent not hauling was spent tailing the little beggars. Managed six pints of water during the day and it was the same yesterday. Tuesday involved a 350 haul and ashore to head for Kyle, well Kyleakin and Broadford, a list that meant I was pushing it for time. A pick up of a free second-hand toilet, very clean, stopping into see my Mum and keep her in pocket, a very quick shop, and finally to give blood at the Kyleakin. I have not been over for a while so quite keen to get back in the habit….seems I have the stuff any one can get. So some one comes in needing blood straight away without knowing what blood type they are given O- so the Blood Bank want this. Throw in a chat with Fiona outside the Hall about the pros and a few cons about Community work, living etc, and there was very little time to get back to the Board meeting at eight o’clock at the Walled Garden.


Won’t say how quick I came back from Kyle and over the Hill even being held up at Kishorn where a Ferguson’s artic and a Belgian bus were trying hard to pass each other. It was pretty tight and went on for a good ten minutes. Slightly out of kilter by the time I arrived five minutes late but went in at the same time as the other directors. It was well worth making the effort as we are now gearing up to setting up the IPS,  launching a share issue and planning the Hydro building for next year. It has and still is a long road. I still remember a skeptical question asked off me almost four years ago, “Do you really think it will go ahead?” I was puzzled in being asked the question and answered “Of course”. There have been a lot of problems along the way not least SSE, maybe renationalizing our energy suppliers and grid will help in the future. Anyway, a really good meeting and very positive reports from Sean and Val regarding Broadband and Green Energy. Lots of work to be done on the share offer prospectus and setting up the IPS.

The fishing this week has been a little better but very unpredictable. Mainly on the harder ground so we get little patches of good-sized prawns and boxes of squats. Deeper water and clean muddy ground there are not many prawns going into the pots and they are tending to be smaller as well. Means the half pint of prawns are being sold on the Inn menu. There are dolphins about and I have just seen distant splashes but apart from the routine of hauling the creels there is little of note happening. Only a solitary gannet sitting quietly on the water and the occasional salmon farm passing slowly to the south.



Noticed a prawn with, I think, “smoking crab” disease.

IMG_6125 Hoping a marine biologist will confirm or otherwise. Even the seagulls look and are acting languid.


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