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

Poling for Scallops

In the hurley burly of the tourists and fishing every now and again you see something that is quiet and takes you back in time. There are not many people who still do this in Applecross but the other day I passed Sandy poling for scallops. A long pole and a low tide with clear visibility, a small boat and sometimes a glass box, and you are in action. Concentrating on the seabed looking for the half moons of the feeding scallops the world can pass you by.


Comments on: "Poling for Scallops" (8)

  1. Sure beats sitting behind a desk on such a beautiful day. We’ll be up in Lochinver next week, so might spy your Indians from Dehli, although I suspect by the time they reach Assynt, they won’t need reassurance about people’s intentions and may even decide Scotland’s the place to be. And they’d be right, of course.

    • applecrosslifeattheedge said:

      Despite our moaning about advertising campaigns and the like, if you are in the know you can disappear into the wild and solitude five minutes off the NC500. Getting about for us has become a bit of a problem but even then you can time your travel. Poling looked so peaceful. cheers

  2. Liz McKnockiter said:

    I remember doing this with my father just beyond Pladaig.

    • applecrosslifeattheedge said:

      Never went poling, only fishing with the old man. Did not appreciate it at the time.

  3. Sorry if I missed mention of this in a previous post but I see the Trust has applied for two semi-detached houses at the steading. Are these to be holiday houses/rentals or for “unaffordable” second homes or might they help towards the local affordable housing stock? No mention of “affordable” in the planning application that I could see so what’s the local word on the street?

    • applecrosslifeattheedge said:

      Local word is that the HSCHT have already looked at the site and deemed it unaffordable. It is probably a dirty site with exfarm gear buried there, bridge has to be redone and houses not worth what they will cost to build on completion. You would have to sat Applecross Trust about their decisions as this is the second site they have followed up deemed inappropriate by HSCHT. PS The cost of the build is outwit what is deemed affordable so follows rent will be as well if they are built.

      • Interesting. I wonder if the houses ending up not being worth their build cost could be a positive in that it will put off investors (= second home owners) buying them so might remain available for local rental (assuming the Trust isn’t going to reserve them for holiday letting)? And looking on the bright side, if the unsuitable sites are being developed for unaffordable housing, it at least leaves the suitable ones still available for affordable another day.

      • applecrosslifeattheedge said:

        Difficult to say. Not a site with a view for holiday lets. Houses not selling here now, think they have peaked and sellers are still trying to sell at peak.Currently undergoing year+ long consultation (The Trust and Community) with result not out until next March. Was supposed to be out last April so lots of uncertainty at the moment.

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