Sandamhòr – Traigh Lathaig

Day 3 (28 March)

A beautiful dawn just before 7am.

Mainland at Dawn

The owner’s daughter (she does have name, but… ) told me yesterday that a walk over to the beaches on the west of the island would be worth the effort. Good advice. A beautiful beach and wonderful views of Rùm.

Rùm

I got my socks and shoes off and paddled along the beach. Released my inner child… My feet needed a wash anyway. Mind you, the warming effect of the Gulf Stream wasn’t very noticeable.

Solitude

A few interesting facts about Eigg:-

  • The island has never been connected to the national electricity grid, so each house had a noisy, dirty, expensive diesel generator to produce power – the diesel arrived by ship from the mainland.
  • In 2008 the islanders set up their own electricity supply grid. They generate using 4 wind turbines, PV panels, and 3 micro hydroelectric generators. They have batteries for storage and diesel generators as a fall back in case there has been no sun, wind or rain.
  • Each home is allowed a maximum of 5kw electricity consumption, and has a meter to show how much is being used. People have learned not to boil the kettle and run the washing machine at the same time.

ⓒ iain taylor, 2017

Share this:
Share this page via Email Share this page via Stumble Upon Share this page via Digg this Share this page via Facebook Share this page via Twitter
This entry was posted in Eigg, island life, Uncategorized and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *