Tuesday, August 19, 2014

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After a mega full English Breakfast we filled the van with diesel and set off exploring the island.
We headed to the northern tip of the island.  We hadn't been going long when we spotted a lot of seals lying on some rocks, so we left the dogs in the van and set off to get some pics.

They were quite well disguised against the rocks and seaweed ...
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When we got about 30ft away they all slinked (?slunk) off into the water except this guy ...
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The others, and there were about ten of them,  kept a watching brief on us ...
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Such lovely animals ...
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It was great to see them in their natural habitat ...
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On the way back to the van I spotted this old Kelvin twin lying in the grass ...
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There are some lovely restored cottages on the foreshore ...
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We carried on to to the most northern spot where we ran out of road!  We went for a walk along the beach, but it started raining very heavily, with a strong wind, so we beat a retreat to the warmth of the van ...
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We then drove down the west coast of the island, once again stopping at a superb deserted beach ...
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The sand is so white, just like the Caribbean except its about 30 degrees cooler.

We normally keep Sammie on his lead as he tends to run off, so Elaine suggested that we just tie both the leads together, using Bombo as a 'slowing anchor' ... so then he couldn't get away!
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It worked a treat, Bombo went nuts as usual, dragging Sammie with him, a good result ...
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Not bad eh?  If you desire a holiday with isolation The Outer Hebrides is the place for you.  We do love it here but couldn't handle much more than a few days, as we prefer a bit of human interaction plus of course some pubs and restaurants, which are virtually non existent on the island.

We don’t know what the locals do for their entertainment but we spotted a big bonfire being built………'The Wicker man' came to mind!
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This chap obviously likes tractors ...
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Ruin with a view ...
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We moored up for the night on a deserted headland.  It is a Kiwi's dream spot, we are surrounded by sheep!
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The blue line is our track on autoroute, we probably drove about 18 miles ...
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It's still pretty windy, but nowhere near as bad as the last couple of nights.  We certainly wouldn't have been mooring up here that's for sure if the wind hadn't have dropped ...
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A lovely sunset too, so today I have seen sunrise and sunset!

Tomorrow we will explore the southern part of the island.

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