View across the Outer Harbour of Stornoway

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Sunday 21 June

Summer solstice. The sun will be with us for 18 hours and 15 minutes today, but hidden by clouds. Although there is a trend towards less cold weather, it is taking its time.
We are currently on warning for a possible seamen's strike on the Calmac ferry network. This serves all the islands and peninsulae in the west of Scotland, from Lewis in the north to Islay in the south, from Ullapool in the east to Barra in the west. On Wednesday and Thursday 24th and 25th, sailors will work to rule; on Friday 26th June, there could be an all-out strike. The reason is job security in the face of a tendering process, that could see the west coast ferry services going to private operator Serco. This jeopardises jobs and the ferry services as a whole.

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Saturday 20 June

P6204754 P6204755 P6204757 Cruiseliner Corinthian
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Still cold and changeable. Only the cruiseliners tell us it's summer. 

Friday 19 June

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Thursday 18 June

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Did I say the weather was dull, dark, overcast and cold? Well, this is the Outer Hebrides, and summer can be late if it comes at all.

Wednesday 17 June

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Tuesday 16 June

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Monday 15 June

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P6154712 MV Abis Bremen