Illustrated isles talk proves a hit with Brechin Probus club members

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At their most recent meeting, the Brechin Probus club were given an illustrated talk by Dave Howson, with his subject being ‘A Four Island Stravaig’.

Chairman Bob Berry opening the meeting, welcoming members before introducing Mr Howson.

His illustrated talk covered a yacht trip from Badenchro on upper Loch Gairloch, north to the Shiant Islands and round the tip of Lewis and then west to the Flannan Isles before returning via Harris and Taransay and across the Minch to Badenchro.

The pictures he displayed to members included places of interest ashore, such as Dun Carloway which is one of the best examples of ancient broch monuments in Scotland.

Mr Howson also showed some great photographs of the cliffs at the Flannan Isles, or the Seven Hunters, and pondered over the mystery of the lighthouse-men who disappeared without trace in December, 1900.

The mystery of the disappearance remains unsolved and there has been much speculation over the reasons. It does seem feasible that the men were washed away during a storm when they had been outside possibly checking the paths and landing crane.

The crew of the yacht Mr Howson was on had gone ashore on Taransay and explored part of the small island seeking remains of the habitation used in the television series ‘Castaway’.

They were impressed that the BBC had done a very good clean up job and there was little evidence of any of the television series remaining.

The Probus’ members also saw very good slides of the islands and of the larger islands from the sea. The sky was blue and travel seemed peaceful and quiet.

It was a very interesting journey. Frank Scott gave the vote of thanks.

When closing the meeting, Bob Berry reminded the members that the next meeting will take place on February 4.

There will be a demonstration of truffle making by Charlotte Benvie, a local chocolatier, and the ladies are invited to attend.