Thursday, 18 October 2007

Returned to post

After a couple of days on the mainland, yours truly is back on post to post, if you'll forgive the twisted grammar. Had the pleasure to travel to Glasgow the scenic route, of which I'll publish a selection of pictures later.

Here in Lewis, the summer has long gone, and now the winter timetable for public transport is set to come into force on Monday, 22 October. The Stornoway to Ullapool ferry does not alter its schedule, but other ferries do. Please check the Calmac timetables before you set off. And don't forget they're printed using the 24 hour clock. I won't easily forget the poor folk from a place that will remain unnamed who were enjoying their picknick on a hillside overlooking a certain ferryport at 2pm (1400 hours) one day. They enjoyed the beautiful vista of the ferry leaving port. Next one due at 4pm. Really? Nope, not until the next morning.

The bus timetable will be slightly reduced, but on the whole not a marked deterioration. I've said in the past that the Lewis buses provide a good service, except if you want to go to Uig (West Lewis).

I hope that outdated timetables are removed from shelters around the area, unlike Uig in Skye where the winter timetables from the previous winter were still posted on the ferry terminal last week. Come on, Skye, you can do a heck of a lot better than that.

Whilst travelling from Uig to Portree, the bus was briefly halted at the Skeabost junction to allow three trailers with massive turbine sections to pass in the opposite direction. These are due to be installed at the Ben Aketil windfarm near Dunvegan.

I also visited the Isle of Rum and Kinloch Castle, which should be renovated with support from the Phoenix Trust (a charity patronised by Prince Charles) at the cost of 10 to 15 million pounds, a three-fold increase as compared to the cost quoted in 2004. I hope this work will actually be carried out. Kinloch Castle is a unique but fading look back in time, set in the most incongruous of settings.

1 comment:

  1. "There is a book called "Bare Feet and Tackety Boots" by Archie Cameron (b. 1903), who worked as a gardener in the Kinloch grounds and gives a good account of life on the island."

    Jill from EK
    "I have long held an ambition to write a children's book called 'Felix and the Amazing Gold Tackety Boots. I have no idea what it would be about other than that the main character might be called Felix and tackety boots would figure prominently in the action. Anyone care to write it?"

    calumrowling from Bogwarts
    "That would have to be two pairs of Gold Tackety Boots then, seeing as its about a cat. It sounds right up Hermit's street, or Stromness Dragon could turn out a ballad in fine poetic style and Moo, an Orcadian fantasy. I'll do you a haiku for a small consideration..."

    Flying Cat from Writers' Workshop