The sea between the island of Stroma and the Mainland has very strong
tidal currents, where the waters of the Atlantic Ocean and the North Sea
meet. This has made it an ideal site for the first commercial tidal
power generation project in Scotland, and currently the largest in the
World. The turbines are in the form of large propellers, similar to wind
turbines. It's good to see a World-leading project based here in
Scotland, and the Country is well on the way to having most of its
energy from renewable sources.
I am concerned about the effect on marine
life, particularly the whales and dolphins which are often seen in
these waters, but I hope the environmental impact is being monitored and
taken into account.
The ship in the painting was in the process of servicing one of the turbines.
"Moine House, Tongue"
Watercolour on Fabriano Artistico 300gsm Rough paper
25 x 36 cm
West of Tongue, in Sutherland, there is a large peat bog called The Moine, which stretches all the way over to the next valley. At more-or-less the highest point there is a ruined building, called Moine House, which I have always found very striking. It is a wild and lonely spot and it has a background of dramatic mountains. I assumed that it was an old drovers' inn, but a plaque* on the wall tells the story of how it was erected as a refuge for travellers.
One of my favourite views: Ben Loyal from the causeway over the Kyle of Tongue.
The word 'kyle' is used to describe a wide inlet of the sea. Ben Loyal,
with its majestic profile, is sometimes called the 'Queen of Scottish