Christmas Eve and a beautiful full moon setting over the Cuillin
Great rainbows in November with some lovely autumn weather
Big skies over Tarskavaig 25th October
Meet Brodie, an Australian Labradoodle, who is just 9 weeks old and came to join the family on 15th September. He is a wee poppet and Mr Darcy is slowly beginning to work it all out. Eileen and I, and Russell are thrilled to bits. Happy days.
The old school road. There is an old track that links the townships of Tokavaig and Tarskavaig where two schools were in the height of the areas's population. The stepping stones are across a boggy part, surrounded by heather in full bloom.
The nearby Distillery at Torabhaig opened in March and welcomes visitors seven days a week. It is a must for anybody with the remotest interest in whisky, so don't miss it.
Many of our guests arrive in Skye via the CalMac ferry from Mallaig, one of the most scenic ferry crossings in Europe. In 2018 the two vessels operating are MV Loch Fyne and in the distance MV Lord of the Isles.
May and June have seen fabulous weather in Skye, so much so that a good walk in the Ord woods was good to cool off.
Darcy enjoying a sunset on Ord beach on 27th May.
April has been a fantastic month after a long winter in Skye. The photo is of Coral Island on 12th Apri, with kayakers and folks having a picnic on the coral beach.
February and March saw the blue or snow moon, and on 1st March this was setting over Garbh Bheinn, at the western end of the Cuillin Ridge.
Winter brings some great skies in the Highlands, this was the moon setting over the Cuillin Ridge on 27th February.
A new year and more snow falls on Skye. Early reports suggest Scotland is going to be in for a lot more of the white stuff.
Well another year has come to an end and December has seen some lovely days with lots of snow and ice. Thank you to all of our guests who stayed with us this year, and if it was your first time at the Hirsel we hope you enjoyed your stay. We wish you all the very best for Christmas and the New Year and look forward to welcoming you in 2018.
Armadale Castle looking splendid in the autumn sunshine on 18th November.
October this year was a bag of very mixed weather but there were some fine sunny days. This was a view of Loch Eishort on 5th October.
Ord is very popular with sea-kayakers with the waters of Loch Eishort providing some great paddle opportunites. This is Morag Brown of Skyak Adventures with two American clients.
There are some lovely waterfalls in the hills around Ord, some bigger than others. This example is in the woods on the way to an area we call 'Horseshoe Bay'
It's just a few months now before the new 'Torabhaig Distillery' in Sleat opens its doors, the first whisky distillery to be created on the Isle of Skye since 1831. This was a July view across the cooling pond.
Eileen and I took the dogs away for a week in early June and stayed in Braemar, in the heart of the Cairngorms. This was Balmoral on 7th June before the Royal Family head up for their summer break.
The elegant French cruise ship 'Le Boreal' made a retun call to Armadale Bay on Thursday 18th May. The vessel was moored all afternoon before sailing overnight to Tobermory in Mull.
A few times a year the nearby Coral Island at Ord can be accessed by a causewy made up of entirely coral. On a visit on 28th April a seal pup was basking on the rocks at low tide.
Eileen and I went to a concert at the nearby Tarskavaig Hall and just befoe the gig this was the sunset
As someone said recently when it's good in Skye it's really good. This was the snow moon over the Cuillin Ridge on Saturday 11th February. Simply amazing!
The Torabhaig Distillery is taking shape down at Knock Bay, just a few miles across the hill from the Hirsel. It is due to open in July.
Early December saw some cracking days in Skye, this was Loch Meodal on the Ord Road looking toward the Cuillin.
Skye's first new distillery in almost 200 years is taking shape in the old steading at Knock Farm just a few miles across the hill from Ord. The 'Torabhaig' opens in early summer 2017.
November was a lovely month in Skye and this was the stunning view across Loch na Dal to Kinloch Lodge and Restaurant, the only Michelin-starred eatery on the island.
October was a gorgeous month here in Skye and this image is of the white house at Coral Bay just along the coast from Ord
The sunrise on 5th October above the limestone hills of Ord. Simply spectacular.
One of the great sunrises of the year, the view from Eilean Iarmain to Loch Hourn on October 6th
Dali and Darcy enjoy a lovely walk on the hills on 16th September
Another beautiful Skye sunset from Ord on 27th August
The tranquil scene at Armadale Harbour late in the afternoon of 19th July
24th June saw a beautiful evening with the sky changing by the minute
The Paddle Steamer 'Waverley' returned again to Skye at the beginning of June, this is her arriving at Armadale Pier
After the snow record temperatures a few days later, so why not go for a walk please!
And then on 28th April just when we thought it was Spring, almost Summer, in Skye!
Sunset on 2nd April from Ord, this was just as it came out of the camera.
Lovely days return in March with lots of walks with the dogs on the hills. This was on the 10th.
Mr Darcy doesn't stop running!
The clear skies of 12th February allowed us a great view of the International Space Station as it passed over the West Coast at around 7pm. The trail shows 17 seconds of the pass, and great to see Major Peake enjoying himself!
After the January storms we had a long weekend of perfect weather. One of our favourite views is across Coral Island in Loch Eishort on a beautiful 12th February.
Sunshine and showers for the New Year. A big rainbow over Ord House on January 11th
A similar view but this is taken at 10pm on a cold and crispy Jan 20th night. You can see the stars above Ord, and the willowy cloud is due to the shutter being opened up to turn night into day.
After the warm weather and blue sky in Florida we returned this week to blue sky in Skye but about 27c colder here!
Eileen and I took a late autumn holiday to Florida at the end of November. Somewhat of a change from cold and grey Skye!
Just close to us in Ord is the Loch Eishort Mussel Farm at Drumfearn. This was sunset on Monday 26th October just before we collected 5 kgs of wonderful mussels.
The northern lights returned to the Highlands on the 8th October. The view from the house around 10 pm. Quite amazing!
Big skies on Skye, a walk on the hills on the 14th of September!
A heron flies across Ord Bay, in the shadow of the Cuilin Ridge, on the 24th of August
The weather has improved and the sunset on 3rd August was one of the more unsual.
It's not been the best summer in Skye so far but the kayakers still go out from Ord, one of the most popular locations for a number of kayak schools.
One of the rare sunsets this spring, but a great sight from Ord on the 19th June.
Camasdaraich Beach in Morar, across the Sound of Sleat from Skye
The village of Ord from across the river above 'Parnassus'
Spring is here, and April has seen some beautiful days. This is the view from Tokavaig woods across Loch Eishort to the Cuillin.
Skye seems to provide some stunning sunsets. This photo was from the beach in Ord on the 19th of April.
March has been a month of climatic contrasts. From hurricane force winds, snow, sleet, sunshine you name it we've had it. This was the beautiful sunrise at the Cluanie Reservoir in Lochalsh on the 19th on my way to Inverness at 6.00 am!
One of the last photographs I've taken of the lonely and foreboding rowan tree that sat in the rocks on the path east of Ord. It has been there for years and was blown down in the recent storms. A great shame!
January saw some lovely days and nights in Skye. The moon was setting here at Isle Ornsay taken just outside the Hotel Eilean Iarmain, just six miles from the Hirsel and a great wee pub.
Ord Beach early in the morning of the 29th January before all the snow fell that weekend. Roll on summer.
Most of December has been pretty wild in Skye but we did have a few days of calmer weather and some clear nights, this was the view from the cottage on the 28th around 10 in the evening. Eileen and I wish you a very Happy New Year and look forward to welcoming guests old and new in 2015.
The gardens at Clan Donald Skye are lovely in the winter months, with only one or two visitors walking around as well as the Guineau Fowl that are now residents of the grounds around Armadale Castle.
November was a great month in Skye with some warm days and lovely sunsets. This is Mr Darcy on the hills on Noevember 18th.
The lovely weather from September continued into October and on the 4th Blaven was looking spectacular from the road to Elgol
More beaches, this was on Harris where we had a week's holiday recently.
The beautiful beach at Camasdaraich at the end of the walk to the Point of Sleat, Friday September 5th
It's been a great summer in Skye but August has brought lots of rain and some very grey days. But the sun did come out on August 21st and the bay at Ord was looking lovely, but a little chilly.
July has proved to be a fantastic month with record temperatures and lots of happy holidaymakers!
July 1st and what a start to the month, it was a beautiful day and the view across Loch Eishort was simply stunning
June has started like May, lovely weather and some gorgeous sunsets. This one was June 4th and is especially for Esther...
The view of the Cuillin from the Sligachan Hotel, the starting point of many of the mountain trails
May has been a great month on Skye, with lovely clear days and lots of sunshine. The Cuillin from the Tokavaig Woods
The lovely view of Ardvasar Harbour across the Sound of Sleat to Loch Nevis on Monday 28th April
March has been pretty grim for weather but around the 11th of the month we had a lovely few days and some great skies. Sunset over the Cuillin with just a few fluffy pink clouds.
The otters seem to like Ord more in the winter than summer, and one day on the 4th a mother and two cubs were having fun in the surf. Splash!
12th January and a new year. This was the amazing cloud above the Cuillin
The end of the year in Skye saw almost nothing but wind and rain then more wind and rain. Even Christmas Day saw 60mph winds and slanty rain! Eileen and I wish all of our guests a very Happy Christmas and we look forward to new guests coming to the Hirsel in 2014.
November arrives and the snow comes to Skye. The beautiful scene of the Ord River on Sunday 10th.
10 days in October saw some beautiful days with blue skies and very blue seas. Ord pictured on Sunday 13th October
Sunset from the beach looking across to Glasnakille and Canna in the distance
The Gordonstoun School's 'Ocean Spirit of Moray moored peacefully in Plockton Harbour on 5th September.
August 22nd was one of the lowest tides of the year, so the dogs and I took a walk to Coral Island, just along from Ord, which is connected to the shore by a causeway
Another amazing sunset from Ord, this was at 2130 on Wednesday 31st July
Sea-kayaking is becoming very popular in Skye and so on the 22nd Eileen took to the waters on her first day with a paddle!
The Prince's Beach in Eriskay, where Bonnie Prince Charlie landed to lead the rebellio of 1745. Eileen and I have had a week away and the weather has just been superb.
And the glorious sunsets continue, this was Blaven at 2215 on 3rd June.
With the spring being late this year the bluebells have giving us a magnificent display. This was the Tokavaig woods on the 31st May.
For the start of the new season we have had new signs for the cottage affixed to the fencing. Many thanks to Pam Carter for painting the wonderful sunset from Ord for Eileen's recent birthday and now we are using it for our website, signs and booking forms. Hope you like it.
Wonders will never cease. Looking up at the sky on Tuesday 9th April we saw the vapour trail of a jet that had turned completely around and headed back east across to the mainland. The trail made almost a complete circle and was seen by many people across Skye and the West Highlands.
And later in March the fine weather continues. On one morning a group of local divers were in Ord Bay looking for some of the amazing biodiversity in Loch Eishort.
Fire in the Skye. It's been quite a week with massive muirburn fires on the hills opposite Ord on Monday to snow across the mountains on Wednesday. This was around 7.30pm on Monday.
Spring has arrived in Ord and the snowdrops are at their finest. These were in our garden on Sunday 16th February
February has been a lovely month with more than two weeks of unbroken sunshine. This is the view of Tormore House near Aird on Tuesday the 19th.
A new year and some crisp winter days. This was the view across to the township of Tarskavaig on Friday 17th January, with the snow-capped peaks of the Cuillin in the distance.
December is here and the end of another year. This was sunrise at Ord Bay on December 3rd. Eileen and Rob wish all our friends and guests a very Happy Christmas and we look forward to welcoming some of you back in 2013.
The Whooper Swans are moving south, these were five on the Black Lochs near Broadford on November 2nd.
The lovely view across Loch Eishort on Wednesday 10th October, with its glorious blaze of colours
A good day out from Ord is to take the day trip by ferry from Armadale via Mallaig to the Small Isles. This was a view of the Isle of Canna from Sanday on Wednesday September 12th
One of the great sights in Ord. The lonely windswept rowan tree on the track to Coral Bay, fighting against the elements but still producing many red berries each autumn. Photographed 28th September
Fire above the hills, the sun setting behind the Cuillin Ridge, August 5th
A raft of oyster catchers play in Ord Bay
July continues to have some great weather and wonderful sunsets. This was the view from the cottage late in the evening on 16th July.
Clan Donald Skye has two male peacocks, one of whom lost a few feathers outside the Museum of the Isles recently.
Ord celebrated the Jubilee with a great turn out of villagers and visitors with a party at Ord House followed by a big bonfire on the beach. It was a beautiful evening with a wonderful sunset framed through the flames of the fire.
Ord moved to Eriskay this week with Eileen and I taking a break on this tiny island at the southern tip of the Outer Hebrides, made famous for the Whisky Galore film in the 50's, it's ponies, and this beach was where Bonnie Prince Charlie landed in the Hebrides enroute to the Highlands!
May is proving to be a fantastic month for weather in Skye, with wall to wall sunshine, and by the 26th temperatures in Ord reached 29'c Phew. This was the peaceful scene at Eilean Donan Castle on Wednesday 9th May at around 6.30am.
The sun continues to shine. The bay at Tarskavaig on the morning of 3rd May. Almost tropical!
Life on Skye. Gordon Brown's kayaks taking a break on the beach in Ord on April 30th.
April sees the arrival of the wee lambs and these twins were walking quite boldly up the Ord Road
The village of Ord on Wednesday morning 11th April, looking pretty in the morning sun
Back from one paradise to another. Back in Ord the weather has been superb, and the wet, grey winter seems a while ago. The otters are out and about and this was a cub in a small cave just near the cottage on Saturday 23rd. He think the otter was as surprised as I was!
Well it's not quite Ord beach in March but actually Malabar Beach on the west coast of St Lucia, where Eileen and I are enjoying a holiday in the sun. Back with a Skye picture next week.
We were over at Glenelg on Thursday 16th having the wee dogs clipped, and stopped at the Skyeferry slipway, and within a few minutes what a surprise. A mother and two cubs, although the second of the babes was hidden in the cave. What a great sight, and a very special one.
It's been a lovely week here in Skye and this was the sunrise across the Cuillins from Ord on Monday 6th February at around 8.00 in the morning. Lovely colours of pinks, and spring is just around the corner, we hope!
A new year for Skye, but with lots of rain and very little snow. This was the view across Tormore House in the south of Sleat on 5th January. We are looking forward to the summer and to welcome new guests and returning friends.
We wish we could have posted some pictures of Ord in the snow at Christmas, but alas the whole month has been wet, windy and very grey. So to wish you all a Happy New Year there is an image of the Cuillin from the house and let's hope we get some good weather soon. Don't let it put you off for the summer, it will get better. Happy New Year from Rob and Eileen
It's December and another year is almost over. Ord continues to amaze us with it's colours, sights and sounds. This was the view across the loch to Blaven on 7th December. Eileen and I wish you all a very Happy Christmas and all good wishes for 2012.
One of the many rainbows we have out across Loch Eishort. This was Saturday 5th November at 1100.
It seems to have rained almost every day so far in October but a break in the showers on 5th October meant a walk on the hills above Loch Eishort. This is Coral Bay looking across to Boreraig.
Lots of excitement in Ord this week with the arrival of our new puppy, Mr Darcy, who at eight weeks is settling in well and enjoying the garden and getting to know Dali, his new big brother! Darcy is a Sporting Lucas Terrier, a relatively new breed and we are all thrilled to bits!
Unlike July it seems to have rained most days in August but on the 3rd Dali and I went for a long walk on the hills above Ord. This is the view looking out across 'Coral Island' on Loch Eishort towards the Cuillin. He had a great time and stopped here to admire the view!
Archie, the Skye Terrier, Ord's newest resident dries himself on the rocks on the beach after a paddle in the surf. Archie and his friends were seen July 30th on Ord beach!
Ord still comtinues to wow in the sunset league. This was around 1030pm on Friday 8th July, looking from the beach across Loch Eishort to the Cuillin. Fire in the sky!
Sunday morning, June 12th at 0700 with the flag irises framing the beach at Ord looking across to Loch Eishort and Blaven.
Eileen and I just had a week on Eriskay in the Outer Hebrides and came across this old boat at the An Acarsaid harbour on the island. Memories of a sea-faring past, taken on Thursday 19th May.
Summer's almost here and this was the view from the house and cottage on Wednesday 20th April with the sun setting behind the famous 'Dog's Tooth', the most western summit of the Cuillin Ridge.
February 27th and a great sunset from Ord looking across Loch Eishort to the island of Canna. Skye has had great weather overall in February, a little different to December!
Happy New Year from Skye. Well it snowed almost all of December and early in January the cold white stuff is back. This was the scene looking through the lonely trees to Ord beach, Loch Eishort and the Cuillin in the distance, photographed on Saturday 8th January.
Christmas 2010 and the coldest December for 100 years. Ord had temperatures below zero for all but two days and the white stuff was still on the ground on the 25th. The picture is of the moon setting on the 21st over Blaven. Eileen and I wish you all the very best for 2011 and we look forwarding to welcoming guests to the Hirsel this year and a special welcome for our returning friends.
Like the rest of the country Ord has experienced it's coldest start to a winter in many years. The river was frozen in places and the picture shows the view across Loch Eishort to a very snowy Cuilins. Pictured on 29th November
Winter has come early to Ord, and this was a view from the cottage across the Cuillins to the Ridge and the Inaccessible Pinnacle on 18th of November
It is with huge sadness that we have to say that we lost our fantastic Spanish Water Dog, Seve, on the 24th October. We miss him so much and treasure his short life.
High above the small township of Camuscross is the wonderful view across the Sound of Sleat to Loch Hourn, Arnisdale and Corran. It was a beautiful day on Sunday 26th September
For the weather watchers Skye had an awful July but August has started better and this was one of Ord's lovely sunsets on Tuesday 10th August
Spring has finally arrived in Ord with a week of beautiful warm weather, with the lambs arriving in the field. This was farmer Donald John MacInnes feeding the fluffy things on Wednesday 14th April.
The Hirsel had an unsual guest this week. Torty had a week's holiday in Skye with his guests Carol and Ian. He enjoyed early spring sunshine, eating dandelions, in fact he looked really dandylion on the ground!
February has been a superb month in Ord, although very cold and clear. The village is well known for it's otters and this dog otter paid a close up visit on Monday 22nd.. By far the best sighting we've seen of an otter since we arrived in Ord.
And on Monday 1st March the sun came out again and so did our favourite otter!
10th February and the snow won't go away. This is a view of the village of Camuscross, near Isle Ornsay, Sleat, looking across the Sound of Sleat to Loch Hourn.
Welcome to 2010 and Skye like everywere else is experiencing ' Life in the Freezer'. This was Blaven, in the Cuillins on Friday 8th January at 1030 in the morning when it was -13c. A majestic view but it was really cold. A very Happy New Year to all our friends, guests and future customers.
The majesty of Eilean Donan Castle, at Dornie, on Christmas Eve. One of the great sights in Scotland.
It's almost Christmas and the snow has come to Ord. This is the view from above the village looking across to the Cuilins, late afternoon on Saturday 19th December. Eileen and I wish you all a very Happy Christmas.
Another great sunset. This was late afternoon on the 7th November from the hills above Ord, looking across Loch Eishort to the sun setting over the Cuillin of Rum.
October 21st and one of the west coasts great sunsets. This was from Tarskavaig looking across to Rum, Canna and further west Harris and Lewis. In the right of the picture is the village of Elgol, gateway to the mighty Cuillin.
Autumn comes to Skye at last. It seems to have rained since August but Friday 16th saw a beautiful day, with the colours of autumn about to show their very best. This is the Stables at the Clan Donald Centre, Armadale, with one of natures finest!
Autumn is on its way, and this is a picture of some pink rowan berries in the garden in Ord. The rowan trees are packed with red berries this year, so that may be a sign of a cold winter. Bad for humans but great for photographers to get out and snap! Filmed on 13th Sep.
One of our guests, Gordon Dixon, sets out on an evening cruise across Loch Eishort. This picture was published on the BBC Scotland website, about the 5th picture of Rob's they have used. It was a lovely night for a canoe across calm waters.
The beach in Ord on Saturday 11th July. It was a beautiful day, with clear blue skies and a calm Loch Eishort.
What a great start to June. Although not in Skye the dolphins at Chanonry Point on the Black Isle were having great fun in the Moray Firth on June 1st. The big dolphin is 'Sundance', and is one of a number of dolphins that can be adopted at the firth through the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society. It was a fantastic sight, contact us if you'd like to see more dramatic images from Inverness.
Ord seems to have lovely sunsets in June, this was Saturday 6th June looking across Loch Eishort. Around 1030pm!
The Waverley, BritaIns last ocean-going paddle steamer arrives at Armadale on Saturday 30th May bringing visitors from Glasgow, Oban and Mull. She did a short crossing to Inverie in Knoydart, before returning south. Skye gave her a great welcome with glorious weather.
Sorry I couldn't resist this one. Skye had a great week of weather and so our two dogs Seve, and Dali were out having fun off the beach in Ord.
The beautiful golden sands of Camusdarach beach, near Arisaig, on Lochabers west coast. Camusdarach was the setting for the 1983 hit movie 'Local Hero'.
Another of Loch Eishorts colourful sunsets. This was Tuesday April 28th looking through the rowan trees at Ord beach.
April has seen much actvitiy from the Golden Eagles in Ord, and this male was enjoying the morning sun on an old tree just up the road. Sunday April 12th.
Spring is in the air, as are Ord's eagles. The two golden eagles are back in the glen above the village and this week on March 18th gave a great display. As in previous years we are hoping that the pair successfully breed again.
Fun in the water. Seve, one of our two Spanish Water dogs loves the sea and dives off the jetty into the icy waters of Loch Eishort. Incidentally Eishort in Norse means ' ice fjord', and the waters off the beach are just that. 5th March at 1230!
A tranquil view over the Cuillins on Wednesday 11th February.
This was the view from Ord across Loch Eishort at 2200 on February 7th. The sky was full of stars, having had an early evening fall of snow in the village. You can see the stars in the sky above the Cuillins. One of Rob's favourite pictures of the year so far.
New Years Day. One of many frozen puddles close to the beach in Ord when an autumn leaf was trapped in the icy waters! 1st January 2009.
The moon's a balloon. A gorgeous setting of a very bright moon over Loch Eishort at 0820 on the 13th of December. This is the moon that at this time is the brightest for 15 years when it is closest to the Earth. It was a great sight!
The beauty of a still loch on a winter day. Blaven ( Bla Bheinn ) photographed on the road from Broadford to Elgol on Saturday 29th November.
The glory of Britain. Loch Hourn on the mainland looking east in all its resplendent colours. Photographed on Tuesday 4th November at 1540.
The monarch of the glen. A 12 pointer stag photographed alongside the road to Ord on Friday 24th of October around 5.00pm. Perhaps worth a second picture for October.
The gentle waters of a water-fall along the road to Ord photographed on Wednesday 8th October.
Sunday evening September 21st and a local Sparrowhawk devours a Collared Dove in a neighbours garden in Ord.
The western end of the Cuillin Ridge photographed over Loch Eishort from the Tarskavaig loop road on Sunday August 3rd.
Memories of the past. The ruined church at Tarskavaig still has its pews and alter, long after the last services were held. The old building is now at the hands of the Skye weather! July 26th.
The beach at Sanna, Ardnamurchan, Lochaber on Sunday 1st June. Just 62 miles by ferry and road from Ord.
Plockton, Wester Ross. ' The jewel of the Highlands', photographed on Tuesday 13th May.
Sunset from Ord taken on the 15th April 9.00 pm!
Ord Beach, Loch Eishort and Blaven photographed on the 4th of March.