FERRIES …CAUSEWAYS AND WIND!
BRACE YR SELF SHEILA!!!!!
When you take a ferry you always worry about wind (not the baked bean or Brussels sprout kind)
So far all our ferry journeys have not been worrying ….They have not brought out the chains to tie hetty down but we always look with trepidation at how the ferry bobs around on the way into harbour.
However when ashore our main concern has been finding somewhere out of the strong winds we have encountered …
Ophelia was not really a problem as it turned right at Glasgow …
Brian was a little stronger…
However the winds without names have been the ones to try and hide from.
We check the forecast and try to find a sleepy spot behind a big hill or building when winds are strong,which has been quite often.
It’s gusting 39mph + as I write this blog parked between two shipping containers on a harbour wall on Barra GPS coordinates 57.041808 -7.421222 We shared the gap with a German Motorhome.
Luckily the Hebreideans have built causeways to join some of the islands putting ferrymen to pasture but making drivers lives much easier. These are fairly substantial structures and if you can stop at the bridge in the middle you see a fair maelstrom whipping under them.
At present we are on Barra having been over the causeway to Vatersay and not finding any shelter to park Hetty for sleeping.
We saw lorry straps being used to tie down sheds and small structures!
The large expanses of white fine sandy beaches and Mediterranean blue seas need to be seen to be appreciated . However at this time of year you need to wear 2 layers of thermals to go for a walk on them.
You also risk being exfoliated by the blowing sand on exposed flesh when walking above the high tide line on Vatersay Beach where we saw two lovely art installations designed not to be blown away.
Back to Barra to awaiting the much talked about airport landing which is on the beach after the tide goes out ..
Whilst waiting we decided to put the heating on .. Muttering coming from The Driver … seems we’ve run out of gas .. which heats Hetty and is our hot water and cooking source … This has never happened before .. and it may be because I decided not to nag about such things on this trip .. NB : To self … Nag .. Ask if the gas needs filling and have we enough diesel in the tank to get to the next service station
Now we’re at the ferry to go back to South Uist having failed to get on the last one as it was fully booked Had to wait two hours ..An hours crossing …Then we have to get to Skye …why you ask?….Because there isn’t any propane gas filling stations other than Stornaway and we’ve finished these islands now … and ITS cold .. we need our heating on …
Off the ferry on South Uist and after a mile or two with a sunset over Barra we stumbled across a campsite ⛺️… It was open Kirkbride Cafe and campsite GPS coordinates 57.103571 -7.356423 £19 all in .. No wyfi but hot showers and a camping kitchen to use .. I think it will be a Mug Shot noodle apiece and a ham and tomato sandwich .. perfectly acceptable under the circumstances .. Oh and a glass of wine or even two ….