July 26, 2017

Of all the books I've read recently 'Lismore in Alba', is by far the best.  I am sure it is well known to most locally but I have only just discovered it and loved re-acquainting myself with many stories that I heard as a youth growing up in Appin.  My favorite story r...

July 26, 2017

Ed McIllwaine from Vancouver visits Scotland a number of times each year during the competitive piping season.   His Scottish home and base during these visits is at Achnamara, Connel  with the wonderful hosts and neighbours Lesley and Donald MacPherson.  On the 1...

July 18, 2017

BBQs and sunsets are not going to be spoiled by the midge.  Donald and Lesley of Achnamara, Connel have declared war on the wee shites.  There is a Mosquito Magnet machine from the USA that hoovers them up like magic and is hugely effective.  There are smoldering citra...

July 17, 2017

Ferries, causeways, tailwinds, great hospitality, phenomenal beaches and damn fine craic from start to finish. 

It all kicked off in Appin at 11am and 70 minutes later Keith Carmichael, Steven Groom and I were queuing for the ferry to Barra.  Donald Carmichael our suppo...

July 15, 2017

On the 4 Jul having fueled up at Tobermory the Marfin was bound for Arisaig at high tide as the approach to the pier meanders through a shallow but well marked channel.  The region is clearly a mecca for kayakers as I've never see so many kayak groups resting in sandy...

July 2, 2017

The call came through…’what are you doing on Tuesday Rab’ said the skipper of the Marfin.  ‘Nothing’ I said, hoping it could be another invitation to tour an aspect of Argyll by boat, and thankfully it was.  It’s always a risk saying ‘nothing’ too readily without check...

June 23, 2017

After a sunny Spring the past 2 weeks have been particularly wet, but we are sort of pleased about that as there is no apatite to sit outside and get eaten by the midges or witness excessive ware on our patio furniture.  Equally, when its raining, tourists tend to pref...

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