29 Apr 2012

Sea Eagles and Ferry Dogs

The Glenelg Ferry only started back yesterday (Sat 28th April) and already there have been several Sea Eagle sightings (and Otters of course!).

While you are waiting for sightings you get to watch Nak and Kim, the skipper’s collies, in their usual ritual. Fond farewells, every time, every trip, it’s like they were not going to see each other for months rather than 20 minutes!

You get all that entertainment with the Glenelg Ferry and no extra charges!!

27 Apr 2012

The ferry returns!

Back on it's moorings this evening, looking spic and span and ready to go.

The Skye Ferry starts sailings 10.00 am tomorrow (Sat 28th April)

Loch Carron side

Had a jaunt over to Carron Pottery the other day which is just past Attadale Gardens on the A890. The A890 is now fully open after being closed since before Christmas due to the landslide, though we still had a 30 minute delay coming back as there is still work and site cleaning up going on.
Great views on the way from the view point looking across to North Strome and along the Loch to Lochcarron village

North Strome

Loch Carron from the view point

The Carron Pottery is a small family run business and has a good craft shop with a selection of their own hand made pottery. It also features local crafts and an upstairs gallery. They also do “make to order” pieces and will ship them anywhere in the world.

Carron Pottery

Next door is the Carron Restaurant which is open for lunches and evening meals.

Carron Restaurant

20 Apr 2012

Wildlife photography.

When is the best time to see an otter? I used to think low tide, though since living in Glenelg it’s obvious they are around all the time. Sometimes it’s just luck being in the right place at the right time. This one appeared within a couple of minutes of us arriving at the ferry slip.

On the way back towards the village another crossed the road in front of us, a long away from the waters edge or any burns leading down to the sea.

Off course taking photos of animals is not always easy, some creatures are quite happy to pose.......

some will try to hide .........

and some are distinctly shy!!

18 Apr 2012

Gavin Maxwell Museum

A great place to visit if you are interested (or even if you’re not) in the Gavin Maxwell story is Eilean Bàn, the “White Island”, nestled under the Skye Bridge. The Gavin Maxwell Museum is within the Lighthouse cottage. The wildlife hides have fantastic views over to Skye and are good for watching seals on the rocks opposite. Eider ducks, Cormorants, Porpoise and even the odd Otter can appear if you are lucky!  The guides are local volunteers so book your visit in advance via the Bright Water Centre in Kyleakin or phone 01599 530040

The White Island, a stunning location.

Gavin Maxwell Museum

The lighthouse cottages, Gavins last home

Built by the Stevensons

10 Apr 2012

Village life and Ice Cream

It’s a five minute walk, at most, to the Glenelg shop. So buying a tub of ice cream and getting it back to the freezer before it melts shouldn’t be a problem. Yesterday we came out of the shop with it, met a friend, chatted while another friend also walked up and joined in. After half an hour we made our excuses having to head home due to the ice cream melting, 200yds later we stop for another chat and when we say our goodbyes it’s now been an hour since the stuff came out of the freezer. Fingers crossed, with a clear road ahead and only 100yds to go we manage to go half way before friends draw up in their car and the window winds down ……… !
In the end it has taken one and a half hours to walk 400yds and we now have a tub of Lyons Maid milk!!
A very enjoyable morning with some good crack and we wouldn’t change it for the world but, solid ice cream is definitely going to be a problem.

4 Apr 2012

Cafe open!!

Wahaay!! The cafe is open again for the season at the Community Hall.

Tuesday to Saturday, 11.00am to 4.00pm
Teas, coffees, home baking, lunches and snacks.

Wot, no carrot cake?!!

3 Apr 2012