Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Loch Pooltiel, Glendale

One morning I went out quite early, hence the long shadow. Just to soak in the peacefulness and file it in my memory to relive and hold. Climbing up behind our cottage, with wonderful views down to Loch Pooltiel.


Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Stein, Waternish

The village of Stein on the Waternish peninsula.

Stein is an extremely pretty village of white painted stone buildings. In the 1790s the British Fisheries Society commissioned Thomas Telford to build a fishing port on Loch Bay. Delays in construction were compounded by the remote location and a lack of enthusiasm from local crofters and potential incomers alike. The BFS cut their losses and sold their lands in the area to the MacLeods in 1837 for £3000. But while Stein never quite became another Ullapool it has probably benefitted as a result. It is quiet, picturesque, and home to the Stein Inn and the Loch Bay Seafood Restaurant, both of which are excellent.

As its origins suggest, Stein is also the main harbour on the Waternish Peninsula original pier stood a little to the north of the village. The one in use today, which is at the south end of Stein, was built late in the 1800s.

I had a pint of cider at the Stein Inn and thoroughly enjoyed it as you don't get cider in the States; which we had along with the usual bag of crisps (potato chips)


Thursday, February 4, 2010

Dragonfly Studios

The view from Dragonfly Studios

I bought here a lovely hank of merino wool hand dyed in aqua blues and greens.


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