Archive for June, 2015

St Kilda

The west coast of Harris and Lewis ( one island really , but geographically divided by deep lochs and high uninhabited hills ) is rather more adventurous to explore than the East coast . In the latter the water is usually fairly flat , but the West coast is subject to the full Atlantic swell […]

Slowing Down

On previous visits to the Scottish west coast we have used the Small Isles as a jumping off point for the Outer Hebrides , or at least stopped there on the way back. Muck and Eigg are the closest to the mainland , and like Canna to the west they look inviting , all having […]

More than one kind of Warm

From Back in the North We are sitting moored to a buoy in the picturesque and wonderfully sheltered Tobermory Bay on the island of Mull. Outside it is howling and chucking it down, but inside the cabin all is warm and cosy thanks to the heater, with plenty of energy coming from the wind generator […]


I have often raved about the accuracy of modern forecasting, and indeed it plays an absolutely essential role in keeping our sea gypsy lifestyle safe and ( relatively ) comfortable. Sometimes the forecasts let us down , particularly where visibility is concerned. Thus , after a very pleasant 3 days in the Scillies with Ben […]