"Doesn't post to Scottish Highlands"

is becoming more, and more common.

A couple of photos from Eilean a' Cheò (Isle of Skye), taken nearly 100 years ago.

The first photo is of Sligeachan. The famous bridge is just out of view. The standard of the road these days has improved, just.

The second photo is of Port Rìgh (Portree). You probably don't see sheep being driven up the the streets very often now, but who knows?

Scotrail are going to introduce special carriages on the West Highland Line for carrying bicycles, ski equipment, and other large items belonging to passengers. Good news.

However, they are wrong to claim this is a first in the UK. Baggage cars used to be common on trains, particularly the West Highland Line. History repeating itself.

Many years ago I purchased a reproduction of an old LNER/LMS travel poster for Edinburgh. It has pride of place above the fireplace in the living room. The scene shows Edinburgh Castle, Princes Street, the Scott Monument, and, of course, Waverley Station. The poster was produced sometime in the 1930s.

There was a series of these posters depicting many locations for the traveller to reach by rail. They all had the slogan: "It's quicker by rail".

I love travel posters from the 1930s & 40s. The companies producing them would use the same style over long periods, often employing the same artists. This was really before the days of tourism bodies, so the posters were produced by rail, bus & ferry companies.

The two attached posters were produced by MacBraynes, who operated bus & ferry services in the West Highlands of Scotland. Note: both posters have a MacBraynes ferry in the background.

Oh deer!

Early start this morning. No running water. I had to go up the hill, before breakfast, to see why the water had stopped. It was the same problem as previously: deer are using the water pipe, and supporting construction, as a scratching post. Satisfying their itch resulted in the pipe being dislodged.

I need FOOD!

I've been trying to photograph this particular tree for years, and never manage to get the timing right.

Common Ash - Uinnseann - Fraxinus Excelsior

This tree is isolated, & the early autumn yellow makes it stand out against the greens & red of the hillside. The Ash tree leaves go from pale green, to yellow, & then fall off, within the space of 2-3 days. To-night there was a near gale, & half the leaves had blown off already.

Maybe next year...

Photographed on to-day's

* Late bloomin' Heather - Calluna vulgaris
* Golden scalycap - Pholiota aurivella

Heather is ubiquitous in the Highlands. The scalycap, on the other hand, must be quite rare. I don't recall ever seeing it before.


This time of day is called "gloamin" in Scots. Seem so descriptive.

* A Scottish Junk, in the foreground.
* Evening view over the loch.

The BBC are reporting that police in the Highlands have arrested a 77 year old man in connection with the disappearance of Renee & Andrew MacRae in 1976.

The disappearance of Renee, and her 3 year old son Andrew, is one of the longest-running and most notorious missing persons cases in Scotland.

The police are conducting an extensive search at Leanach Quarry, near Inverness.

Summer is back.*

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District nurses were employed to provide healthcare to patients in their own homes. In the Highlands, due to the population being widely dispersed, this meant the nurses would have motorised transport, usually cars. However the idea of a DN going from house-to-house on a very large motorcycle appeals to me. More Heaven's Angel than Hell's Angel.

Watch this short (4 min) video for the history of DNs, and what is happening now:


District Nurse Elizabeth MacPhee astride her BSA motorcycle (1926). Eilean Donnain castle can be seen in the background.

It would appear the photo was taken on the slipway of the former ferry, in the village of Dornie (An Dòrnaidh).

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