Monday, September 17, 2012

'Fingal' barge on choppy Loch Ness

This week has been very wet and windy accompanied by a rather ominous sky at times although the sun did break through the clouds occasionally and brightened up our day. There are more cruisers bobbing about on the white water of Loch Ness for the Autumn break season and, because of all the Spring and Summer showers, the leaves on the smaller trees are beginning to turn a shade of light orange making Autumn a little earlier this year. The 'Fingal' barge….made famous for the August helicopter rescue….is very busy and ploughs through the rough water like a butter knife.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Caught smoking on Loch Ness !

This week started with very blustery winds and heavy showers of rain racing up the corridor of The Great Glen from the west coast. By Wednesday the weather had calmed down but there is now a distinct chill in the air and the talk of snow falling on the tops. Certain boats still have to ply their trade and we saw this old style 'Parahandy' tug chugging up towards Inverness billowing smoke high into the air. Several leisure craft plus canoes and kayaks are still braving the elements.....I think travelling on 'Parahandy' would be much warmer.....smoke or no smoke.

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

What a breeze !

The last few days and nights have been extremely windy with gusts of up to 40 mph but the plus side is that the temperature has been in double figures. The branches of the trees  have been bowing down low and waving about wildly in the breeze. This windy weather however did not stop the hardy sailors and several yachts zoomed past using their sails for 'full speed ahead'. We were a bit surprised to see the RIB in business and the passengers certainly had a bumpy journey back from Urquhart Castle down to Fort Augustus but they seemed to be enjoying the thrill of the trip.