a respite from the storms

Wed, Oct 5, 2011

I was speaking to our neeb today and she confirmed that over the last two months, every eight days or so, the storms abate and we get a nice day. Well, Dawn and I headed over to Elgol on Sunday as it was one of the respite days. The day before, the weather had started to clear up but with big winds forming lenticulars over Beinn Sgritheall.

Lenticulars over Beinn Sgritheall

but by the evening the winds had died down and we were treated to a wonderful sunset. One of the best I’ve seen here in fact.

Sunset over Beinn nan Carn

So lunchtime on Sunday we jumped in the car, dropped the top and drove down to Elgol to see John and Gail at the Cuilin View tearoom, one of the best tea and bun shops in the land. On the way I couldn’t resist a pic of my old friend Blaven across Loch Slapin. The cirrus wasn’t lost on me though, harbingers of Monday’s storm.


A quiet drive down to Elgol to see our friends and we sat outside with nice coffee and fantastic scones. I can thoroughly recommend the cheese and red onion and the apple and cinnamon ones, superb! Add to that the view from the tearoom of the Cuillin and you have the perfect view from any coffee cup in the world.

The Cuillin from Elgol Tearoom

There are houses in and around Elgol that have the best views on the planet. There’s one set well back from the road, on the edge of the slope down to the shore that overlooks the entire Cuillin ridge. I mean, how perfect a place to live can you get? I was particularly impressed with the view from the tearoom though.

Sgurr na Stri and Sgurr nan Gillean from Elgol Tearoom

The tearoom looks out over the islands of Rum, Canna and Soay and is a fantastic spot to indulge in some TLC and relaxation. Superb spot.

Rum, Canna and Soay from the tearoom at Elgol

It’s a wild spot in a storm though and John and Gail were winterising the roof as it had been damaged pretty badly by the storm last week and we’re looking at constant storms for as far as the forecast can see. That night the sky clouded over with ominous looking clouds and the day after we were plunged back into the maelstrom. It’s hard to stand up outside these days. The bins are tucked out of the way and Mr. Vic the cat sits at the window watching the torrents of water streaming down it. Tomorrow they’re forecasting 75mph winds and snow to 700m. Looks like a wild winter on the way.

Storm clouds over Loch Eishort

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