The Outer Hebrides is being wired up for fibre-optic broadband! The work started a couple of years ago, and maybe has another year to run. As is to be expected, Stornoway was sorted out first. More remote and thinly-populated (or is that even more thinly!) areas will be last – the very people who need broadband most, and have the worst service right now (or in some cases, none). However let’s steer clear of politics, and just announce that –
Carrick Eriskay is wired for fibre!
High-speed internet has arrived! As a landline is necessary, Carrick has now been connected up, and is now equipped with both landline phone and internet. Starting mid-March 2017 our guests will have use of vastly improved remote connectivity!
Free unlimited internet
Up to 55Mbps via secure WiFi
Low cost voice and text calls and messages
Carrick now has a landline phone which is available for guests to use as follows:
Incoming Calls: Unlimited free incoming voice and text calls, including from mobiles and international, excluding operator-connected.
Outgoing Calls: Voice and text calls to UK numbers beginning 01, 02, 03, 0845, 0870, and up to 60mins duration, are charged at 2p per minute. Outgoing calls 60mins or more duration are charged at 10p per minute. Any other use of the phone (eg mobiles, international) is by prior arrangement, and is charged at cost plus 10%.
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Denise: Due to a last-minute (strictly, last half-hour!) cancellation, we’ve unexpectedly got a vacancy at Carrick over Hogmanay, from today (29th December) onwards, and at special prices! If you check prices online here, you’ll find that the normal price has been discounted by 25% for arrivals within the next 7 days (until 5th January), at 15% if you arrive the following week. If, however, you’re happy to call us on 01878 700828 instead of just booking online, we’ll take your booking and payment over the phone and add a further 5% discount for the sake of being nice! What’s more, it looks like the Met Office has decided to arrange sunshine over the holiday!
Denise: We’re ‘wall dressing’ at Carrick. Here’s two paintings – well, limited edition prints of paintings! – by a leading Uist artist, Judith Entwistle-Baker. They’re fairly big – emphasizing the dramatic scenes of St Kilda (an archipelago – now uninhabited – 50 miles or so west of the Outer Hebrides). One of these will be hung in the lobby, the other in the hall.
An t-Seil, Boreray, St Kilda, by Judith Entwistle-Baker.
Evening Light, St Kilda, by Judith Entwistle-Baker.
[Click on either picture to see it full size.]
Denise: We’ve now got a booking for Carrick over Christmas 2016. A couple, making a winter tour of the islands with their campervan (as one does!), fancy a few days of luxury from Christmas Eve to Boxing Day. Yup, we’d do the same!
What about you? How about making it a Hebridean Hogmanay? Check availability now! >
Jonathan: This morning, over breakfast, Denise and I were talking about the enduring value (or not!) of old TV programmes. “Who on earth”, I said, “would want to watch an old episode of” … “The Black & White Minstrel Show?” Denise butted in. Amazing – exactly what I was going to say! But what I’d wanted to say as an example of the opposite, namely a programme that I would gladly watch again, was the series Look Stranger, made in the early 1970s, which looked at the distinctiveness of life around the UK – especially rural communities. It was a long-running series, though I only got to see it occasionally. I liked what I saw – it left a lasting impression. And a good one.
After breakfast I went up to the office to search for Look Stranger on the internet, and to my great surprise found that there were many references to it, and a number of clips available on the BBC website. And, astonishingly, the first one I clicked on turned out to feature Eriskay! Even more astonishingly, it is of Bun a Mhullin, – and the still picture fronting it is of our croft, showing the old houses!
In this shot from that programe – the title frame, the house in mid distance left is the old house where now the new Carrick – The Blue House stands, and on the far right is the old house – the seann taigh, now in ruins and soon to be demolished completely. For the first time we now see it had three dormers.
In the next clip we get a glimpse of the old byre behind the seann taigh – still with its roof thatched. When we acquired the croft tenancy in 2008, this old byre was nothing more than rectangle of low stone walls – full of waste and huge lumps of coal (possibly rescued from the SS Politician). We cleared it out and built up a timber superstructure with a corrugated steel roof.
I can’t include any video in this post, which is a pity. You’d see many old thatched buildings, and houses that then appeared to be in good repair, but which are now ruinous or all but vanished entirely.
Late August 2016: Calmac have now published the ferry timetable for winter 2016-2017, from the last Saturday in October through to the last in March. We’re pleased to see the return of the Oban-Lochboisdale service! This is in addition to the now firmly established Mallaig-Lochboisdale route (and of course the Uig-Lochmaddy service as well). The pattern of sailings is irregular and difficult to summarise, but Calmac seem to be doing the best they can to meet conflicting demands with limited resources. Although much of the winter season you might well be able to just turn up and go – without vehicle registration, we don’t recommend it, and for some periods (especially school holidays) we recommend you make your ferry reservation as soon as your accommodation booking is confirmed.
Early August 2016: Seals are frequently seen stranding themselves on the skerries and strands of the Sound of Eriskay. They’ll spend hours perfectly relaxed for many hours, waiting patiently for the tide to float them off again. Here’s a Harbour Seal on the rocky shore below Carrick, though its personal space having been encroached upon, a moment later it slipped away back into the water.
Harbour Seal on the rocks below Carrick, Isle of Eriskay
Mid June 2016
Last-minute cancellation on medical grounds!
Carrick Eriskay is now available 12-18 June for stays of 2 nights to 6 nights.
£180 for a 2-night stay ; £70 per night for a stay of 3 to 6 nights
That’s a minimum of 35% off the normal price.
Cannot be booked online – please call 01878 700828 to book
End of Summer 2016
5% off a stay of 3 to 15 nights between 26 August and 10 September.
Enter discount code SummersEnd16 – Check Dates and Book! ⇒
May be used in conjunction with another discount code – please call 01878 700828 to book