29 Aug 2012

Feeding like Gannets

A change in the local bird life over the last couple of days when stiff winds out in the Minch brought flocks of Gannets to feed in the sheltered waters around Glenelg Bay and Kyle Rhea. One of the best things to see in the natural world, when they fold their wings and drop like arrows to the sea. Back to calm this morning so they have headed for wider seas.
The Skye Ferry sails under hungry flocks of Gannets

Ready for the drop.

Fed and ready to take off for more

23 Aug 2012

Mars - the Glenelg connection

Interesting bit on the BBC website mentioning Glenelg, a rocky area on Mars soon to be visited by the recently landed Mars Rover and how it compares with the village here.
Hope the community council are going to stake a claim on the mineral rights!

Another thought - does this mean the Glenelg Inn will now be known as the "Mars Bar"?!

20 Aug 2012

Calum's seal trips

Not been doing my usual blog waffle recently as family descended on us for a week.
It’s not always easy to please everyone when the age group runs from 8 to 75 but a trip on the Sula Mhor went down well.  Calum's seal trips run from Plockton, a well known scenic village on the West Coast. It’s a “see no seals – pay no money” trip so you won’t be ripped off, on the other hand he has to make a living so you may be out for a long time if they are hard to find!!
Calum Mackenzie is a mine of local knowledge and keeps you going with interesting “facts” - some of them true! Kids and “big kids” get a chance to skipper and all in all it’s a nice way to spend an hour or so sailing Loch Carron amongst some stunning scenery.
The Sula Mhor

Duncraig Castle

Plockton from the sea

Big kids and wee kids get to play at Skipper!

The sight of seals means you have pay!

Some show interest

Some don't

and some swim out for a better look

7 Aug 2012

A good night Inn!

Awesome music at the Glenelg Inn last night with “Jock the Box and Big Duncan” joined at times by a visiting American tourist on guitar and vocals plus amazingly talented locals playing the pipes and also dancing.
Nothing like the pipes in the hands on an expert (or two) to get the hairs on the back of your neck tingling!!
(No pics as I forgot to take my camera - drat!)

Busy times at the ferry!

Nice to see a queue for the Skye Ferry yesterday. It just goes to show there are still lots of people wanting to enjoy the experience of travelling “over the sea to Skye” on this historical vessel. With a chance of seeing seals, sea eagles, porpoise or otters, it’s also possibly one of the most scenic traffic queues in the world!!!

3 Aug 2012

The Black Cuillin

A great few days of weather in Glenelg at the moment, so yesterday we cycled up to the second viewpoint on the Glenelg to Arnisdale road. A stunning location with magnificent views across to the Black Cuillin.

The Black Cuillin under a blue sky

Zooming in to Blaven  (BlĂ  Bheinn)  928m (3,044 feet) one of the 12 Black Cuillin Munros