1 EAGLETON NOTES: Ullapool

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Monday, 29 September 2014

Ullapool

is a busy little place.  It's the town on the Scottish mainland from where the ferry for Lewis departs.  It's an important tourist town but, in addition to the ferry, there is an inshore fishing fleet and lots of leisure boats. I was in the town for an evening recently when I got the midnight ferry (which left at 2am) and managed a few photos.  The last photo is looking back up Loch Broom into the Highlands towards the capital of the Highlands: Inverness 60 miles away.








22 comments:

  1. Looks like a busy place. Love the last shot with the mountains fading away in the distance.

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  2. Great pics ~ beautiful scenery. Why are the workmen wearing hard hats in a boat?

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    1. The hats are in case seagulls drops large fishes on their heads. The high viz jackets are to prevent diving gannets stabbing their vitals, because they can't see them. The lifejackets are to stop their plummeting to the bottom of the sea, because they're wearing steel toe-capped boots. The man on the tiller should also have a cord around his wrist, so that, if he falls overboard, the outboard engine will automatically cut out.

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    2. Carol, don't listen he will fill you up till your eyes turn brown.
      Hard Hats are to deflect stones thrown by natives of the Outer Isles who are angry the new ferry is still in Germany.
      The lifejackets are as Marcel says to prevent drowning. The fact that hypothermia would kill you is irrelevant. At least their nearest and dearest will have a face to look at.
      I agree with the killcord. If you don't have seat belts and a proper shock absorbing chair then he should have one. Flagrant disregard of the rules designed to protect idiots and keep wages down.

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    3. Thanks Carol. I'm sure Marcel and Adrian have adequately answered your question. It's a work boat so covered by regulations as everything is these days.

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  3. It looks very calm and still. It's like that here today, as well.

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    1. I'd love to say that it's always like that in Ullapool Frances but I'd be telling porkies.

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  4. The last bastion of civilisation for miles. Good views and a Tesco as well.
    Beautiful shots.

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    1. And a Boots the Chemist Adrian.

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  5. Busy waters! And the view is stunning.

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  6. Your sentence "I was in the town for an evening recently when I got the midnight ferry (which left at 2am) and managed a few photos." and the one after that made me think the pictures were taken from aboard the midnight ferry (which left at 2am), and the last picture was your last view of it all before the ferry went further out. But it's not actually up in the arctic, is it, where the sun does not set for months and such light would indeed be possible at midnight (or at 2 am). So, just put it down to low blood sugar level (it is pre-dinner time for me) and let me end with saying that the pictures are, as always on your blog, very good..

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    1. Meike at the summer solstice it is light all night on Lewis and, I assume, similarly in Ullapool. However this was just about two weeks ago and by midnight it was quite dark. I would guess (I can't look them up at this moment because they are on a separate drive and it's downstairs and Im in bed) that these were taken around 8 to 8.30pm. I had a long wait that evening before I left the mainland. Unfortunately all the other ferry sailings were book up that weekend.

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  7. OOh, wish I had been there to gawp at that junk rigged boat!

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    1. It was quite splendid Andrea and was what made me get my camera out in the first place.

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  8. I am wondering...could I see the Isle of Lewis and then, get myself over to Norway too? Only, I want to go by boat. You might think this a silly question but it looks like it is possible to me.
    If I ever get to do this, it is this post that inspired it!

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    1. Well Kay I think a few cruise ships do go from the UK to Norway and call at the Isle of Lewis either on the way there or back. It's a long way though. I shouldn't think there are any non-cruise passenger ships that go to Norway from the UK directly but I may be wrong. They certainly don't go from the Isle of Lewis nor from Ullapool.

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  9. I love the lochs of scotland. they are so lovely and dreamy...

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    1. Ruby they can also sometimes be wild and untamed but they are always beautiful.

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  10. That's incredible light for that time of the evening when you took the photos.
    I tend to forget that light varies depending on worldwide location.
    Right now it gets darker in the evening earlier which makes my day shorter and I feel shortchanged.

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    1. Virginia I'm afraid that it's getting dark early here too. It's 1618 and I've already closed the blinds. Arghhhhh.

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