One of the questions we get asked most often by our summer guests is “what’s it like here in the winter?”. The answer is that we can get some pretty wild weather, and this week we have seen the first of the winter storms, with 80 mph winds and lashing rain. The gale started from the west and we got some big waves, although we are a little sheltered from the Atlantic rollers by the Isle of Skye and the Outer Hebrides. But on Thursday night the wind swung round to the north and we got the full force of the storm, complete with thunder and lightning. There is nothing between us and the North Pole to stop the waves and they were spectacular, crashing over the rocks and the jetty where supplies for the lighthouse used to be landed. The noise of the wind and waves was deafening, even inside the lighthouse. Little for it but to hunker down in front of a cosy fire with a dram of whisky and marvel at the force of nature from the safety of this solid old building.