Saturday, May 7, 2016

Island Going

I'll be island-going for a while. A visit to the isles of Argyll aboard Elizabeth G, followed by a cruise around the Small Isles and the Outer Hebrides aboard Hjalmar Bjorge. If you're reading this before May 21, then there's still time to join us on Hjalmar Bjorge.

Monday, May 2, 2016

South Rona Revisited

If the sea cooperates, in the coming weeks I hope to set foot again on South Rona. It's an island full of history; interesting (and hard) terrain, and an on-going evolution, that takes a long time to get to know. I've been fortunate to have spent two week-long stays on the island, along with several day-trips. I've been wanting to return to see more, and I hope to do just that during our upcoming 10-day cruise on May 21. (There are still a few berths available - see this link.) Below are a some views of South Rona's Acairseid Thioram, Dry Harbour - named that because it drys out at low tide. 

Dry Harbour seen from the north
In its day Dry Harbour was the main settlement on Rona, and in the glen above the harbour lie the ruins of about 40 structures; including a couple dozen homes last occupied in the 1920s. Standing just above the harbour is the substantial ruin of the school, which closed in 1930. Next to the school is the mission hall that dates to the 1870s, which was renovated into self-catering apartments in 2003.

School and Mission Hall seen from the harbour
Cattle munching at low tide in dry harbour
The best viewpoint on Rona is the summit of Meall Acairseid, which rises above Dry Harbor. When I was staying on the island I went there most every day to sit for a while. Off to the south Dun Caan could be seen topping the island of Raasay, and beyond it the Skye Cuillins. And to the north there's an amazing view over open sea all the way to Lewis. If conditions permit, I hope to see that view again in a few weeks. If you'd like the chance to see it too, consider joining our cruise.

Looking down to Dry Harbour from Meal Acairseid