Catching up.

How to Fish.

How to Fish.

Reflecting on the week past and catching up on the blog it is wonderful what a week of weather and good company do for you. We have had many yachts lately (more later) but Calum and Irene had most of them when we were away for the weekend. But to end last week, Arne was desperate to catch fish and my enthusiasm was so great I had to read up on fishing as I was doing it.
On the other hand Arne’s was getting sorely tried as the Pollock refused all our efforts even on a rough sea on the Thursday night, but we did have plenty frozen.

Arne's Idea of Fishing

Arne’s Idea of Fishing

We returned back, headed into the harbour and checked up on Peter on his yacht, a regular to Rona. He has limited sight and last year lost a kidney but he loves to sail, oh and he is 80!!! But he was fine, still enjoying kidneys on toast for breakfast, he said. We reported to his wife who was pleased for the heads up.

Peter on 'Rubadubdub'

Peter on ‘Rubadubdub’

The bay was full of yachts on Thursday night and a queue quickly formed for the showers, good feedback and positive visitors enjoying the changes and especially the new paths.

Queuing  on Rona

Queuing on Rona

It is getting near the stalking time and we set too sorting out the targets, pressing Arne into work on the mel. For once in my life I have a proper lie down for target practice.



Thursday night I visited our guests, Seascape and Escape. Stopping for a glass of wine in the very holiday lounge of Escape, well done all for clearing up. Much appreciate it.

Holiday Time

Holiday Time

Off in the morning to Portree, we took off to Inverness Airport and left Dorte and Arne heading for the Kyle train, a lovely  journey to Dingwall. We had hired a car as ours is quite small and picked our travelers up at the station after they had a walk round Dingwall. Which was interesting!



The weather was good, we were booked into Kingcraig House at Invergordon so we headed up to Dunrobin. Bumped into Bruce our forester friend who works there sometimes with his company ‘ Scottish Woodlands’. My son was working there too but I just missed him. The visit was really good and I must recommend it, much better than the last time many years ago.

The Fantastic Gardens

The Fantastic Gardens

On to the hotel, an old ‘Seaforth MacKenzie’ House, very nice too and owned by the same people who own the Cuillin Hills Hotel in Portree, I wondered why there was so many brochures from Skye there.

Now That is What I Call a Pina Colada

Now That is What I Call a Pina Colada

Next day a trip down the A9 to Bruar, which is always worth a look (in the sale shop). Then onto ‘The Howard Hotel’ in Edinburgh for two days of Summer break. That evening we met up with the Estate factor and his wife and headed out to Kyloe in the Rutland for dinner, that is where the Pina Colada came out of. It was very nice I was told.

More later, Calum has just arrived. Thurs’ 20th:









About Bill Cowie

I've been living on the island since April 2002, alone for the first 5 years, my partner L joined me in 2007. We manage the Island for a Danish family who bought the Island in the early 90's. Their hopes for the Island are to make it self sufficient supporting its inhabitants and that is where we come in. We look after the stock, 3 holiday cottages, machinery, boat and of course the visitors. It is pretty challenging but it is a beautiful place to live and work, we love it and strangely enough we love it even more in the depths of winter when all is quiet apart from the gales and rain. We do a bit of fishing, stock work, stalking deer and loads of other stuff. We have good support from lots of people whom we have met over the years and have become involved in the Island. Too many to mention here but keep an eye on the blog, they'll be there for sure in the future.
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