Friday 22nd May 1970
'We anchored in Loch Scresort, the Rhum landing place, spot on time...On the lowest tide of the season!
Bruce Watt's motor vessel, rejoicing in the name 'Clansman' acted as tender, but she also ran out of water and it was left to a couple of stout hearted lads and a lass to take us the last few yards.
Later boat loads had an easier if less spectacular journey as the tide rose. We had time ashore to take our photographs, to clear out the Post Office's entire stock of postcards, to empty the tea urn in the Village Hall and to visit Kinloch Castle, where we were treated to a rousing performance of 'Maritana' on the Imhof and Mukle Orchestrion that lurked beneath the stairs'.
Now a professional industrial photographer and a member of the KCFA, I joined their September 1999 work party to make a return visit to the island I recall with very fond memories. I was so busy in 1970 taking pictures on the outside that I ran out of time to take any of the inside of Kinloch castle! Armed with lots of film, tripod and camera, I seized this latest opportunity, for time might not be on my side to wait another thirty years!
This article by John was first published in the KCFA Newsletter, following his 1999 visit and is reproduced with his permission.
Since then he shared another very memorable work party when he and his wife May were married in the Great Hall of Kinloch Castle witnessed by family, friends, KCFA members and members of the Rum Community.