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September 2019



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dougalsservant in photo_scavenger


There isn't much around that is yellow at the moment and I don't even have any bananas in the house!

This is one from eighteen months ago taken from the slipway at Kylerhea waiting for the ferry to Glenelg on the mainland. That water was very still and the sun was shining nicely. curiouswombat will know exactly where I mean.

As a bit of a rambling aside the first picture I ever posted in LJ was one of a road sign stating "Strome Ferry (no ferry)" as much as anything to entertain curiouswombat


But Strome Ferry will have a (temporary) ferry from tomorrow!

There was a rock fall on the Strome Ferry by-pass in December.  Please bear with that name as that is what it is called; it is actually a single track road with passing places with high, unstable, cliffs to one side and on the other side a single track rail line and then Loch Carron. So the road is blocked and more rock is falling. The diversion is via Inverness so quite a long way away. If I wanted to go to the garage (I mean the car mechanics, if that is not the word used in USA / Canada) that I use instead of 30 miles / 45 minutes each way the trip would be about 160 miles / 4.5 hours each way, not even thinking about the cost of the diesel fuel.

So, getting to the point, Highland Council have arranged for the Glenachulish, which is the turntable ferry that does the Kylerhea - Glenelg journey in the summer to provide cover for an unspecified number of weeks. They have also engaged a summer tourist boat to take the children to school in Plockton. It's very interesting living in a remote area.......

This is the Glenachulish. She is typical of the ferries that used to run over the short crossings in the Highlands until around 1970. She is the only one of her type left running and I am very fond of her.

And a final bonus of yellow once we arrived at Glenelg. This is very typical of the Highland roadside in June.


Wonderful shots, but I also loved hearing about your rockfall and its consequences. I don't think I'd want to drive on that road - even without rocks raining down - for love or money.

Also, I'm guessing the water in that first shot is actually pretty deep, yes?
At the point that I took the photo it is quite shallow but it rapidly deepens.

That road has never bothered me, until now, but thinking that the rockfall was about 100 yards from the avalanche refuge that covers both the road and the railway that does slightly trouble me.....

And Scotrail are still running trains along there!

If the communities on either side of the rockfall are cut off the consequences are severe as there are people who work on one side and live on the other, as well as the 60 or so school students. Providing the trains keep running (only four a day) that is some help but no good to people who want to move goods across the gap.

Then the road only went in in 1960. Before that there was a ferry. Apparently at the time the road was built there was a lot of feeling that the road should have been built further inland and going higher so risk of worse conditions in winter and an alternative view that there should have been a bridge. You can imagine that the local paper is wild about it and rehashing everything.

I just keep wondering why ever the railway went in there without more protection but nobody seems to be mentioning that. Down in Argyll they have Andersons's Piano to protect a vulnerable piece of railway, but that was built by a different railway company. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pass_of_Brander_stone_signals

What a great collection of photos and information about an unfamiliar part of the world. Thanks!
Thank you. I love to show people where I live.
Those are great pictures. I love that slipway, the water is so glossy.
Thank you. That was a lovely day as it was so clear and so still. I'd actually gone over to show the area to a friend who was visiting and found that as a bonus it was a good day for photography.
Spring time yellow - the most joyful as it heralds that transition to summer.
And in "The Deep Mid-winter" that is a thought to hang on to here, although at the moment the weather seems to be milder than the last three years and I really do hope it stays that way!

But Strome Ferry will have a (temporary) ferry from tomorrow!

They'll have to change the road sign...
The third picture does remind me of my too brief visit to Inverness many years ago.

Hmmm...the Glenachulish is quite a different ferry that what I'm used to.

As for the first photo, from your description I can just about smell the sea air!

Thank you for sharing this--and about the rockfall and all. I'd be nervous about riding that train...
In the US, we have some of those roads cut into mountains that have signs posted: "Falling Rocks." It's not a very assuring thing to read!

I hope permanent access is figure out soon.