The wild weather before Christmas was clearly just a taster of what we would get in the New Year!
On the night of Thursday January 8th 2015 a hurricane hit North-West Scotland and wind speeds of up to 113mph were recorded, with the resulting chaos and power cuts. At the lighthouse we were lucky enough to only be without power for 24 hours; others were in the dark for much longer. As daylight dawned on Friday, the true force of the storm became apparent. Our friend Ian at Gairloch Marine Wildlife Centre, who runs wildlife-watching boat trips which many of our guests have enjoyed, woke to find his visitor centre smashed to smithereens. A devastating personal blow after years of hard work to build up the business, and a great loss to Gairloch of a fine visitor attraction.
Undaunted, Ian plans to rebuild his visitor centre in defiance of the forces of nature. We wish him luck and hope that he’ll be back up and running in time for the visitor season.