Mike’s Sabbatical

Sabbatical Diary – Day 22

Covesea Skerries Lighthouse. My only photo of the day. A day that should have included lots of lighthouses and a visit to the Museum of Scottish Lighthouses, which I had been looking forward to after visiting so many. Very, very wet morning. You can see the clouds gathering in the photo. By the time I […]

Sabbatical Diary – Day 21

On the ferry from Nigg to Cromarty. Paul (who I was talking to out the Orca watch), said you could only fit one car on the Nigg – Cromarty ferry. He was wrong. You can fit a car and a trike! Only just though. Wet much of the day. 5 lighthouses, 3 impressive, 2 not […]

Sabbatical Diary – Day 20

Me (and the trike) in front of ‘the sign’ at John o’Groats. Left Durness this morning in mist and drizzle which lasted through until this afternoon. A few impressive lighthouses along the way, but no great pictures due, directly and indirectly, to the weather. Called in at John o’Groats, somewhere that I have visited many […]

Sabbatical Diary – Day 19

The road to Cape Wrath. Cape Wrath is at the North West corner of Scotland. It is not easily accessible. There is a road, but it does not connect to any other road, and, it has not been maintained since 1958. You turn up at Keoldale for an unbookable ferry as early as you can […]

Sabbatical Diary – Day 18

Stoer Head Lighthouse. Cold, wet day today so no photos other than today’s lighthouses. Rubha Cadail Lighthouse at Rhue. I had decided not to spend any time here (Rhue) as it was already cold and wet and I had a long way to go. So, I just took this quick photo, still sat on the […]

Sabbatical Diary – Day 17

Rua Reidh Lighthouse. 5 miles North of Melvaig. 12 miles North of Gairloch. My digs at the moment. Quiet, relaxing, peaceful day. Wandering around the site here and up the coast a little. Enjoying the beauty of God’s creation and keeping an eye out for whales, porpoises and sea eagles. I did see two seals […]

Sabbatical Diary – Day 16

Highlands traffic jam! Angus and his buddies takin’ their time. About a 10 minute wait, but very entertaining. Left Kyleakin at about 9.30, after some prayer time and a relaxed breakfast. Went over the bridge to Kyle of Lochalsh, then followed the coast, as best I could, round to Stromeferry. Round the top of Loch […]

Sabbatical Diary – Day 15

View from where I had my meal this evening in Kyleakin. Note the lighthouse that you can see under the bridge. Which I visited earlier! It is on a little island called Eilean Ban, which is the middle point of the wonderful Skye bridge. I think I was probably trespassing, but not deliberately. There was […]

Sabbatical Diary – Day 14

View from my room just South of Mallaig. Eigg on the left, Rum on the right. Wonderful, wonderful ride today. Beautiful day, stunning scenery. The road along The Ardnamurchan peninsula is quite hard work, very twisty, very narrow (even for a single track road), and, although a good proportion has been resurfaced relatively recently, much […]

Sabbatical Diary – Day 13

The magnificent Ardnamurchan Point Lighthouse. The most Westerly point in mainland Britain. Left Iona this morning after Morning Prayer and breakfast with Father Michael and my fellow guests at the Catholic House of Prayer. Quite emotional leaving. I have had a very special time on the island and doubt if I’ll be back again. (I […]