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

Seeing in the Solstice

Couple of days ago I had a strong urge to be on the water around the Summer Solstice. Yesterday as the sun set over the Staffin Cliffs I made it out to the Varuna and intended to fish into the Rising Sun.

Sunset was worth it in itself and although there was the remnants of the northerly breeze coming down the Sound on the way out.

I picked up the first fleet and began hauling. Feeling of aloneness in nature was strong but also an awareness of working just a little near the edge. Everything had to be thought through and the descending darkness meant that I could not really carry on as my fleets were too near the other boats working the Sound and I have put a couple of fleets over them in the last two hauls in broad daylight. Not enough light to see the bouts although to the North it never darkened at all.

Steaming in to the lights of Shore Street, Milton and Camusterrach listening to the bow wake and the steady hum of the engine may turn out to be one of my moments of the year. Earlier in the day it was relax time

for a couple of the Schoolhouse inhabitants.

Comments on: "Seeing in the Solstice" (4)

  1. Bliss

  2. Good on you mr Macleod,you have your head away above the parapet and I admire that ,I’m a a coward ,but try to work the mobile boys ,I remember the late Charlie Kyle plotting my ends,then when I moved .its a tow ,gone forever,

    • applecrosslifeattheedge said:

      Thanks Ewen, too hard on yourself, haven’t forgotten books and maybe the return of the fish will be written about in the future.

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