28 Jun 2012

What sort of boat is that?

We sometimes get asked how to distiguish what sort of boat is passing the door.
So just to make things easy.
This is a cruise ship (Hebridean Princess)

and this one isn't!

ps: The sun has deserted Glenelg this week, fingers crossed it's back for the Gala Day on Saturday.

24 Jun 2012

Gala Day -The final countdown!!

Spread the word, blog it, facebook it, tweet it (maybe that's what Polly is doing?).
You could even be old fashioned and just tell someone but if they don't know they won't go!!

Glenelg Gala Day

22 Jun 2012

Followed by another great night at the Inn

Chris and Claire, both musicians get married then end up singing at their own wedding!! (Congrats and a happy life ahead to both)
The happy couple....

Plus locals chipping in .............
Fraser on pipes (and keyboard and guitar and vocals - an annoyingly talented boy!!)

and playing Loch Lomond............
Jo on violin, Andrew and Chris on vocals
(Plus a drunken rabble adding the chorus!)

21 Jun 2012

Just another day in Glenelg…..

It’s been a strange day so far, involving a guy who does a Meetloaf tribute show, a wedding, a parrot and Sheila the local Innkeeper. It’s too long a story but it’s pointing to what could be a good shindig at the Inn tonight and sore heads in the morning.
Just another day in Glenelg really!!

Anyone think of a caption?!!

20 Jun 2012

Introducing….Mini Pine Marten!!

It looks like our Pine Marten has been eating for two recently which explains the amount of visits and also the amount of food that has been vanishing on a daily basis.
As for photos of mother and child we have been pipped again! Well done Margaret, this weeks visitor to The Lodge, for taking these excellent photographs yesterday (no I’m not jealous – really!). We know for a fact she has perfected a "special recipe" sandwich that Pine Martens can’t resist, now we just have to find out what it is!!
Mum and cub, both doing well

You can see the soft downy fur of a youngster in this photo

Long days and light nights

Just after midnight last night. June can be a fabulous time of the year in the Highlands.

19 Jun 2012

Corran by bike

It was cracking weather yesterday so we thought it would be perfect to do the cycle from The Lodge to Arnisdale and Corran. To be honest, Alison and Alan who holidayed at The Lodge last week did the same the same cycle then warned us against it but despite them being younger and fitter that us we set off with brave naivety and full survival rations. (Sandwiches and midge spray!).
It’s just over 20 miles but the hills are what cause the pain. The longest climb is heading out of Glenelg but the steepest is just leaving Arnisdale, luckily it’s not too long but after lunch, followed by tea and scones at Sheena’s Tea Hut it hurts!! In between these there are several long and short descents to enjoy without the need to pedal at all. On the down side, every hill you fly down means there will be pain on the way back!
The rewards are there though, cycling on quiet roads surrounded by fantastic scenery, plus on the way back we saw two Sea Eagles at the highest point between Sandaig and Glenelg. Mesmerized I didn’t even think to get my camera out of my pocket until they were further away, using maximum zoom and the wrong ISO settings on the camera explain the poor grainy photos.
I did suggest to Sue that having done it once we should do it much more often but she walked off muttering expletives. I guess it will be a lonely ride next time.

First hill climb finished and view across to Eigg appears

From viewpoint to Blaven and the Cuillin on Skye

A easy stretch downhill (but not on the way back!!)

and down............

great views.............

great colours............

The fabulous, remote village of Arnisdale

Arnisdale House, built by the Flemings, parents of Ian Fleming, author of the James Bond 007 books.

We got there and a well deserved rest for sanwiches at the Corran Ceilidh House

Followed by tea and scones at Sheen's Tea Hut, what a view over her fence!

A great view of Arnisdale under the Munro of Beinn Sgritheall

A not so great view of the steep start of the road back home :-(

Sea Eagle looking more like a stealth fighter!

Another view - sorry about the poor quality.

13 Jun 2012

Glenelg sunset statistics

The media bugs me in that they produce amazing “factual” statistics. You know the type of headlines....
Survey shows married Scots are nagged by wives.
A survey of 258 married men revealed that;
68% of them were nagged
2% were not nagged
30% were to frightened to admit being nagged in case their wives saw the results
These are obviously not accurate, 258 is not a fair survey of a population of over 5 million people and it also looks like 2% were lying!

Anyway sticking on this vein I can prove an amazing new statistic.
The best Glenelg sunsets are always on Tuesday nights

and here is the proof.

It’s true and is based on a 2 week survey (see last Tuesday night photo below) that entailed looking out of the window.
Remember, if you read this in the Daily Record next week you saw it here first!

6 Jun 2012

Sun shines on Glenelg

Not only did Glenelg FC beat Plockton 1-0 last night but we also ended up with this stunning, though short lived, sunset. It doesn't get much better!

4 Jun 2012

Jubilee wash out?

Not in Glenelg, where the Jubilee Hog Roast at the Glenelg Inn was a sell out in the sun!
You can’t beat the views sitting out in the beer garden. Add to that some good crack with friends, a few glasses of what you fancy, live music and a dead pig (cooked!) and it all ends up in a great day for all.

Enjoy the food

Enjoy the day ..........

but don't get caught out in an embarrassing moment!!
(Sorry Steve!)