Tuesday, 20 May 2014
Not long now until we will be on the boat above, passing through just those same waters - this is Calmac ferry MV Hebrides approaching Lochmaddy. In fact she's not the only ferry in this picture either - look carefully in the sea in the top right quarter of the pic and you'll see a small white and black dot - that is MV Loch Portain - the boat that links Berneray (and, via Causeway, North Uist, Benbecula and South Uist) with Harris and Lewis.
Before getting to the point above there is a long drive - 634 miles, to be exact, broken overnight in Carlisle, then on up to Mallaig where we catch our first ferry of the holiday - MV Coruisk, to Armadale on Skye. If all goes to plan we'll have enough time for a little potter about on Skye on the way through, then on to Uig - which is the boarding point for the boat this post started with! Our first night on Uist will be spent in the bunkhouse at the Carinish campsite, before we take our temporary ownership of this year's Hebridean home the following afternoon. We're looking forward to so much about the trip - and hopefully if the internet connections play ball I'll be able to blog about it as usual. Cross your fingers for good weather for us if you will - we do enjoy a nice first day beach and paddle, as you know!