Home > Blog > Spitsbergen 2013 > Lochinver

Spitsbergen 2013

An online log of Atlantis' travels and adventures to Svalbard

Lochinver

Posted by admin on May 23, 2013

It may be true that any port is welcome in a storm but Lochinver in the western highlands north of Ullapool has been both welcome and welcoming.  True to forecasts, the wind strengths experienced over the last couple of days have more than justified our decision to interrupt our passage north and we have been grateful for the all-round shelter provided by this protected harbour and thriving community.  As the wind howled in the rigging, the heavy rain showers turned to sleet and, on the higher ground behind the village, to snow, Atlantis has sat safe and snug at her moorings in the new pontoon berths installed to bring yachtsmen and tourism to savour all the village has to offer!

Tenez la gauche

Anyone who has seen the film Local Hero will recognise the scenario where the lady who takes orders in the restaurant is also the clerk of the port authority - for all we know she is probably also the policewoman, postmistress and midwife - but this is an unfair and misleading depiction.  At the heart of this inspiring tale is a local community who have taken control of their own destiny, purchased the land of the village and immediate area from their landlord, the laird, and combined together in mutual endeavour to make it work - and work it does.   The previously ailing fishermen's mission has been turned into a café and bunkhouse with the benefit of Big Lottery funding and operated by villagers, the walking and climbing community are well served by B&Bs and walking routes and there is even an Albert Roux restaurant to serve more discerning palates - not ours we hasten to add.  

Lochinver

 

We have been highly impressed by the welcome we have received; albeit at first glance slightly puzzled by the impressive Highlands Enterprise Council funded fishing and port infrastructure that seemed initially to serve little purpose. Since then, we have seen one (french) trawler alone discharge five container lorries worth of fish all destined for France and Spain direct and have revised our opinions.  This is truly an 'international' harbour as the multi-lingual road signs reminding drivers to 'Drive on the Left' on leaving the port area will testify. 

 

Yes, that is snow on the hills

The whole place is an enterprise which suggests the investment of imagination, leadership and community spirit - and the benefits of well targetted grant seedcorn funding.  A cynic might suggest a background maelstrom of local politics but we saw nothing of the sort.  Simply a community making a very tidy collegiate effort to maintain a sustainable local economy.

Taking our lead from the locals, we too have been highly industrious.  We have serviced the steering, addressed a myriad of odd jobs and, less enthusiastically, taken the heads (toilet) apart to redress its tendency to recycle 'matter' intended never to be seen again.  Whilst this is not, perhaps, what you'd like to mull over, these things are the realities of life on a boat.  We are pleased to report that our efforts have not been in vain.

Today, Friday (24th May), we are at sea again.  After topping up fuel, water and some fresh supplies we said a fond farewell to Lochinver and are currently heading north towards Cape Wrath; the northwest tip of mainland Scotland.  From there, with a forecast of favourable southeasterly winds, we shall head for Lerwick in the Shetland Islands expecting to arrive at some stage on Sunday.

Comments

Posted by Kathy on
Noted your arrival overnight in Lochinver when we were staying and partaking of the excellent Albert Roux cuisine. We parked up by the pontoons to give you the once-over. As knackered ex-sailors we were impressed with the lovely lines of "Atlantis". Unlike you, we are not impressed with the fish/shellfish being driven to France and Spain (and London) from Scottish waters. Apart from the ridiculous food miles being travelled, we want to be able to eat it in the UK and we can't get it!

Wishing you fair winds and safe moorings.
Posted by slopilm on
Generic Cod Only Stendra In Internet No Doctor Boston simalereitle best price for generic cialis freeptetharm Nazaire
Posted by Jdbxphoff on
viagra patent supreme suppliers viagra viagras head office in toronto http://llviabest.com/ - buyng viagra in sydney ’
Posted by Lbgphoff on
100 mg viagra natural viagra for men cheap viagra canada http://genqpviag.com/ - viagra on sale in canada ’
Posted by FvfcUsany on
buy viagra on line pay pal generic viagra soft tabs viagra australia paypal accepted
Posted by Fqhhphoff on
canadian online pharmacies prescription drugs navarro pharmacy canadianpharmacyusa24h
Posted by Jbbvphoff on
canada pharmacies online pharmacy pharmacy northwest canada canada pharmacies
Posted by KuikOpele on
where can i buy viagra in los angeles area viagra paypal buying viagra online to australia
Posted by Aqcfunessonia on
buy cialis no prescription uk cialis fastest shipping cialis 20mg pills
Posted by Lbsxphoff on
my canadian pharmacy viagra online top rated online canadian pharmacies
Posted by JbnbPhecy on
pharmacy technician classes online free reputable canadian mail order pharmacies online pharmacy no prescription needed
Posted by Kbcxking on
prescription cost women's health prescription without a doctor's prescription
Posted by NncsUsany on
viagra 2 day delivery viagra/canada viagra aus
Posted by FbsgUsany on
cialis professional cialis australia online shopping cialis without a script
Posted by Fqbbphoff on
payday loans woodland wa cash n advance copperas cove texas online payday loans that use moneygram
Posted by Jbbnphoff on
cialis and viagra for sale cialis two bathtubs commercial cialis prostate enlargement
Posted by KbbfOpele on
red viagra onlen http://kloviagrli.com/ viagra no perscription
Posted by Abcfunessonia on
purchasing viagra online for cheap http://viagriyvik.com/ viagra for sale in new zealand
Posted by Labxphoff on
duvidas sobre o cialis cost of viagra vs. cialis vs levitra cialis business case
Posted by JbnvPhecy on
no check payday loan uk quick cash loans no faxing cash advance credit card wells
Posted by Ahbzphoff on
payday loan deals payday loans elwood indiana find a hard money loan
Posted by Kvaxking on
chase freedom serve cash advance best rated online payday loans cash advance audit report
Posted by NbnhUsany on
sildenafil otc nz viagra 50 mg pill best pharmacy prices for sildenafil
Posted by FjjuUsany on
where can i get viagra do you need a prescription for female viagra taking viagra for fun
Posted by Kndnking on
what exactly does viagra do? cheap viagra viagra usage
Posted by NbmoUsany on
cialis without prescriptions cialis super active plus genereic cialis
Posted by Fbshphoff on
https://thesisacloud.com/ - writing my thesis uk thesis thesis writing uk help writing thesis
Posted by Jvqqphoff on
https://dissertationahelp.com/ - best dissertation help with dissertation writing dissertation writing writing dissertation
Posted by Lmoppphoff on
http://essaywriteris.com/ - magic essay writer essay service cheap write my essay org best essay writing websites
Posted by Fbshphoff on
https://thesisacloud.com/ - thesis binding service thesis writing thesis writing services uk thesis proposal help
Posted by GrvPhecy on
https://kloviagrli.com/ - viagra without a prescription https://vigedon.com/ - viagra vs birth control insurance coverage https://llecialisjaw.com/ - how to take cialis 20mg https://jwcialislrt.com/ - difference between cialis and viagra https://jecialisbn.com/ - cialis discount coupons
Posted by Brfgking on
https://ljcialishe.com/ - does cialis lower blood pressure https://cialisvja.com/ - reddit cialis https://viagraonlinejc.com/ - viagra ingredients https://viagratx.com/ - female viagra walgreens https://buycialisxz.com/ - which is better cialis or viagra
Posted by Fbshphoff on
https://thesisacloud.com/ - thesis search write my thesis writing a phd thesis help with writing thesis
Posted by Abgcphoff on
https://thesiswritingtob.com/ - thesis service thesis binding thesis binding service nursing thesis
Posted by Fbshphoff on
https://thesisacloud.com/ - thesisacloud.com thesis writing software thesisacloud.com help with writing thesis
Leave a Reply



(Your email will not be publicly displayed.)


Captcha Code

Click the image to see another captcha.


This site uses cookies. Some of the cookies we use are essential for parts of the site to operate and have already been set. You may delete and block all cookies from this site, but parts of the site will not work.