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

Bealach Eclipse

So true in Applecross, to expect the unexpected. The expected being the eclipse of course but the unexpected was watching it from the Bealach car park with a proof reader and ice cream maker


from Toscaig.


Was looking west in the morning and slowly realising that the weather forecast had got it slightly wrong. They were predicting almost a 100% cloud cover and rain to slowly improve during the day. It seemed the opposite turned out with the rain a little later. So this was followed up by a phone call from the south and ten minutes later we were in the little mini speeding up the Hill. A few stops on the way to take some rushed photos.


Getting a bit nervous that people expect the photos to be good.


Tried to get some that included landscape and judging by what they saw at the Inn with the eclipse appearing behind the Inn in between the buildings…… We made it to the top in plenty of time with colanders, cardboard and buckets of water and a very dubious pair of glasses.


They were soon left as it became bitterly cold and a breeze got up.


It was quite an event in the grand scheme of things despite being earmarked as “a bunch of crusties without a job”. Best thing about living here is if you work hard you can sneak these wee events in. There were watchers already at the top and some more passing through with an attraction to the “glasses”.






Stopped a couple of times on the way down but did not manage to capture any more images and took a couple of shots of the Alt Beag


running down the hillside as if nothing untoward had happened.


The rest of the day was pretty full with a couple of trips out to the Varuna for langoustine for a private party, then Loch Ness and the Inn here. Last trip was in the dark with a sticky outboard in a north-westerly breeze.

Comments on: "Bealach Eclipse" (2)

  1. Nice pictures of the eclipse. We were lead into false hope of a clear view when cloud cleared at 8 am. Unfortunately only to cloud over. However it was visible through the cloud, and i managed some shots like yours. Mind you u would have prefered being on top of the bealach than on an industrial estate in Salford.

    • applecrosslifeattheedge said:

      Not really much of a choice there. I suppose it was an “I was there” event and it was good fun. With the cloud cover it meant no one went blind. It went really really cold and the mist came down as the breeze got up.

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