29 Jul 2012

Romantic Glenelg

We heard the haunting sound of bagpipes last night and looking through the window saw a lone piper on the jetty.
He was piping in a bride and groom who were being ferried across on Chris Mains RIB from their aquatic “wedding limo”.
I later found out that the couple, Shelley and Simon (congratulations to both) were wed at Eilean Donan Castle, returning by sea to Glenelg where they had their reception and meal at the Glenelg Inn.
Just goes to prove that romance is not dead!
(Though on the West Coast it can be a bit soggy!)

Eilean Donan Castle - the romantic wedding venue

A wedding limo with a difference!

The "other" Glenelg ferry!

Being piped ashore

Glenelg Inn - the pefect venue for a wedding reception.

28 Jul 2012

Rain on the West Coast - surely not?!!

Hard to believe but with all the dry sunny weather we have had during the spring and summer there are some things that you start to miss.
This week has changed that as wet and windy weather has pushed in at times.
On the plus side, with rain you get rainbows, this one was over Glenelg Bay, as seen from The Lodge.

24 Jul 2012

Buzz at the Olympic Park

Not news about Glenelg as we have just returned from a quick weekend in London for my brother in laws 70th birthday ( Happy birthday for Saturday, Pete!).
While we were there we went down to Stratford to see the Olympic Park and I have to say you could almost feel the anticipation in the air. People of every nationality, walking around, some decked head toe in the colours of their countries, some just relaxing on a shopping spree but all with a handful of different shaped and sized passes hanging round their necks to give them admission to particular areas of the Park or the Athletes village. We were only there for five minutes when Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson passed by us and after that we spent the rest of our time checking faces, trying to recognize athletes. It’s amazing to think that from Saturday some of those faces could be beamed across the world to millions as they stand on the podium with an Olympic medal in their hands.
I’m an avid fan of road race and track cycling and Sundays finish of the Tour de France with Brad Wiggins being the first Brit ever to win the Yellow Jersey, Chris Froome getting second and Cav winning the final stage on the Champs Elysées for an amazing 4th time in a row was, to me, like watching Scotland win the world cup. Hopefully it will be a great catalyst to get people behind Team GB.

So bring on the Olympics and hopefully, having had their moans, the knockers and whingers will now call it a day and the press and media will get behind the spirit of the Olympics and the individual athletes who will give everything and leave us with sporting moments that will go down in history.

Olympic adverts are BIG adverts!

The Olympic rings

The Athletics stadium

Olympic park walkway

Team GB accommodation in the Athletes village

We also had a trip on the Emirates Air Line, the new cable car over the Thames, cracking views of the Olympic Park, O2 Arena and City skyline.
The Emirates Air Line

The Olympic Park and Stadium

The Thames and City skyline

The O2 Arena

Ok, that's the end of the holiday snaps - I promise the next post will be on Glenelg!!!

17 Jul 2012

Glenelg on The One Show!!

Camera, action, lights in Glenelg today!!
Lucy Siegle of BBCs “The One Show”, plus a camera crew, stayed in the Glenelg Inn last night and today they are recording a piece on Glenelg, Isabelle Law and the Skye Ferry.
Isabelle (14) from Skye was featured on BBC Reporting Scotland last week. She is so passionate about the Ferry, she is working on it for the summer holidays and also has an ambition to skipper the boat when she is older and has qualified.

The One Show picked up on it and here they are doing a “piece de camera” on the shore below the Inn

Setting up filming at the ferry slip

Isabelle is getting so famous that filming had to be interrupted as yet another newspaper photographer arrived to grab a picture of the local star (ferry dogs Nak and Kim get in on the act!)

Filming starts

It’s a wrap, and Isabelle ends yet another interview, totally unfazed by it all (as is Kim the ferry dog!)

I spoke to Lucy this morning and she thinks the piece will air on Wednesday but better set the “series link” just incase you miss it.

Just another day in Glenelg!

12 Jul 2012

Sunshine again!

Another cracking day in Glenelg, we may or may not pay for this great spring and summer but whatever happens it's been great.
The view from across the road at The Lodge

9 Jul 2012

Glenelg to Skye Ferry

The Skye Ferry is the oldest manual turntable ferry in the world and is owned and run by the Glenelg community.
This clip shows the turntable being pushed round to allow the cars to be driven off when the ferry crosses to the slip at Kylerhea..

The ferry steaming in to land at the Glenelg slip.

While waiting to cross, watch out for Otters, seals, Sea Eagles, porpoise and the odd whale.
The ferry slip is just a couple of miles away from The Lodge

6 Jul 2012

Pine Marten videos

Thought I would add a couple of video clips of the kids at breakfast time!!

This one shows one of the cubs having a quiet relaxing snack on its own.

And what happens when there is food to be shared - or not in this case!!

5 Jul 2012

Gala Day done - now for next year!!

Well the rain did arrive at times but it didn't dampen the Gala Day spirits. What was a trial for bigger things to come, ended up being a resounding success - now for next year!!

Glenelg (mini) Highland Games
Rab MacAskill,  possibly the oldest competitor,  showing a stylish technique at the (not very) high jump.

Rab showing a good bit more to a (now traumatised) Duncan Digger!!

Any captions folks?