|MV Raasay arriving in Tob|
Today was relatively calm and dry so a good day for the trip across the sound. Its only five miles and 35 minutes but in winter the small ferry MV Raasay takes over, its basically a big tank landing craft. Its half the size of the summer ferry with a rock n roll ride whatever the weather. On the plus side; our over 60s bus passes work on the ferry so we get to Tob free of charge. From time to time we see a pod of dolphins, a sinister looking warship, stone boat or pleasure craft.
You may be wondering what this has to do with crofting?
Its just that we are at the end of thirty miles of highly scenic but bad road. The 110 mile round trip to Fort William uses 15 litres of diesel in the camion or is three hours each way in the bus which
|Tob, the main drag|
You have to weigh up the weather and what is really needed.
Fort William for livestock feed, auction mart, dentist and building supplies, Tob for haircut, groceries, nuts and bolts and lunch at Cafe Fish ( Easter until September)
Any shopping, tooth repair and hair cutting has to be accomplished between goat milkings during ten months of the year so Tob is often the easy option.