John’s turn to blog

Storm Ophelia Missed Hetty !

After a slightly rough night at Ardroil beach… Awake from 3am until 5am with a wildly rocking and swaying Hetty (even parked in the lea of the toilet block to get out of the wind) After breakfast we prepared to move on. The dustbin men arrived and I went to discuss any news on storm Ophelia and they said it had missed the island . I think that they must have just slept through it we didn’t ..

We decided to take a look at Great Bernera as at its western tip was a nice beach and a replica Iron Age dwelling. This is very much a “Go comeback” (a phrase from our tours of Sri Lanka) Potential for a sleepy spot but it was occupied and would be a bit antisocial to squeeze Hetty in .

We decided to find a phone signal and try to book a restaurant we had been recommended on Scalpy Isle . Booking was successful but not until Thursday .The consensus of opinion was to head towards Tarbert which is on the Harris part of the islands and visit a remote coastal community at Hushinish for a couple of days. After leaving the main Tarbert road we found it was the narrowest humpiest road with passing places you can imagine in its favour was perfect tarmac

Road side visitor

It was 13 miles long with little opportunity to turn round and at half way a whopping great Scottish Castle in very good condition CASTLE IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE ..The road winds around its front porch Found out later it’s a hotel with fabulous gardens. On arrival at Hushinish we found the local community have built a purpose built facility for visitors and motorhomers ..It even has a toilet dump Point and water point specially for Motorhome’s at a £3 charge. Plus the bay is absolutely gorgeous with a fabulous view and white sandy beach.

We will be here a while as the weather is much improved and we’ve had these fine beasts to amuse us .. They found Hetty interesting ..

It’s pretty amazing here in Hushinish but too lonely even for me ..

Author: "Travels with Harry Hymer"

Me and Him and Hetty like adventures ..We spend most of our summers sailing Now a little elderly for big boat racing and have turned to Radio Controlled Yachting competing nationally and even internationally ..I have travelled to many countries in my other life BJ (before John)lots of Indian backpacking trips. Panning gold in the Yukon..Pacific island hopping ..Far east and so on ..John won't go to India but I managed to get him to Morocco and Sri Lanka but didn't expect a Tsunami.


  1. As always I am ‘travelling by proxy’ and, with the help of your excellent photos I can imagine the sand between my toes and felt ever bump as you followed the road. I’m with you – getting away from it all is great but I’d still like to be able to see evidence of life on the horizon at least!

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