Before our shift began at 1pm today we went for a walk along one of the beaches at Gairloch. The scooter ride into Gairloch, especially as you come into the village never ceases to amaze us.
As you leave Poolewe you venture into fairly barren heathland, so when you come over the brow of the hill and spot the village nestled in the harbour, with the sea spreading out to the horizon it takes your breath away.
When we got to Gairloch we parked in the car park next to the golf club and walked through onto the sand.
We had it all to ourselves even at 11am in the morning! The views were amazing and rays of sun were glistening on the water. From the beach we then walked along a path that came out at the harbour from where we saw the rigid inflatable boat called Orca 1 (http://www.hebridean-whale-cruises.co.uk/pages/01_boats.php) go out – this will be the boat we go on to try and spot whales later in the season.
We didn’t go down to the harbour on Pier Road but carried on back along the edge of the golf course to return to the scooter.The club house was advertising food so we nipped in for a bacon roll and a lovely cappucino, sat looking out over the course.
Conscious of time, we headed back to the site ready for the afternoons instalment! We are on constant seal watch at the moment as when we were opening up the office on Wednesday, there were two seals playing in the loch right outside the office. Yesterday, Julia spotted the otters from the office window at 7am. It’s a hard life!