Along the Pentland Road, 25 May 2017

Sunday, 6 March 2011

Saturday 5 March

Quite a nice day, if a little overcast - in Stornoway that it. We went to Garry Beach, 15 miles north of here, and we were in broad, brilliant and warm sunshine. OK, 7C is not exactly the Med, but it was most enjoyable. Garry lies a mile or so north of North Tolsta on the east coast of the island, and lies at the Bridge to Nowhere. Because, if you continue beyond the beach to the large concrete bridge

you'll find that the road turns into a track, and a little further on, will end in a bog. 90 years ago, there were plans to extend the Stornoway - Tolsta road all the way to Ness, 10 miles further north. It has never come to anything. Walking the distance is a challenging undertaking.
Meanwhile, on the beach, the rock stacks are home to fulmars, a type of small gull, which spit fish oil at you if you come too close. Fortunately, they were 30 feet up, so well out of range.

The stacks are pieces of the mainland, which coastal erosion has separated onto the beach. They have subterranean passage, which (at certain times) you can walk through. Not today: this one was full of quicksand. 

At the southern end of the beach, there is a link to Traigh Mhor, half a mile to the south, but only at extremely low tides. I had to run to avoid being cut off by the rising tide after taking this pic. You can see the headland, Tolsta Head, which lies beyond Traigh Mhor [Big Beach].

In the opposite direction, the coastline curves away to the headland of Cellar Head, Rubha an t-Seileir [Rocky Point].

Who would come to the Outer Hebrides for a beach? Well, there should be droves here. Just as well the climate is the way it is, else the hordes would descend.

You will have noticed the fulmars cozying up together; spring is on its way.

4 comments:

  1. What brilliant photos Guido! Glad you didn't get cut off by the tide. That was pushing your luck when you had to run to stop from being cut off. Sheesh laddie!
    Your entry has fair ceered me up. What lovely spring photos. Magic!
    Jeanie

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  2. like jeanie i am glad you didn't get cut off with the tide !! I did enjoy the "walk" though..thank you..I don't expect you know how nice it is to read of others folks walks when you can't do them yourself but would love to do so...but I can assure you it is..
    Same reading all these holiday mags.my friend has brought me. I have been on some facinating trips this afternoon !
    Love Sybila x

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  3. Beautiful post, Guido, thank you once again for sharing the lovely place where you live with us.

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  4. Fascinating entry and great pictures. I never heard of fulmars and I bet it wouldn't be too pleasant to have fish oil land on your person. From the sound of it you almost went for a swim with the tide coming in.
    Lisa

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