Couriers J and M travelled from England to Scotland with 5 cats and 7 dogs relocating to Scottish isles.
Helen, her son Stacey and their cats are relocating from Surrey to the splendid Isle of Bute. Lian, her husband and their dogs are moving from Kettering to the picturesque Isle of Lewis, the largest of the Outer Hebrides.
Our journey took us from Surrey to Northamptonshire, then on to Largs where we delivered the cats. We then continued with the dogs via Inverness to Ross and Cromarty in the Scottish Highlands, where we caught the ferry from Ullapool to Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis.
5 cats from Surrey to the Isle of Bute
Helen, Stacey and their family of five cats are making the move from Surrey to the Isle of Bute. Stacey, who is an artist, is very much looking forward to joining the artists’ community on Bute.
Mum and son very wisely asked us to collect their cats a few days before the removers arrived, so that these precious babies avoided too much disruption. We delivered the cats to Rose Cottage Cattery in Largs, where they were to stay until Helen and Stacey completed their own move to Scotland.
Helen and her son Stacey seeing their cats away
Fabulous ginger tabby Fudge
Rusty, a delightful ginger tabby and white
Darling Dusty — what a neatly curled tail!
Flash — black and white like Dusty — lives up to his name by not keeping still for his photo!
Beautiful Tortie Pebbles, mum of the other four
Knock Castle, next door to the cattery in Largs
Dramatic landscape in Argyll and Bute
7 dogs from Northamptonshire to the Isle of Lewis
We stopped off in Kettering to collect seven gorgeous dogs belonging to Lian and her husband. Packing was already in progress when we turned up, and the dogs were waiting patiently for us in a downstairs room.
Lian with Daisy, a Sprocker (Springer/Cocker Spaniel mix)
A cuddle for Cocker Spaniel Maddie
Lovely Lily, another Cocker Spaniel
Nutmeg, a Chinese Hairless, wrapped up against the cold
Cocker Spaniel Willow getting settled in for the trip
We took a break in chilly Inverness to walk the dogs, where our friend Rebecca came to meet us and lend a hand. Here she is with Nutmeg.
Courier M with Maddie
Uses for old boots — spotted outside a hiking shop in Ullapool
More creativity in Ullapool — this lifesize figure made of chicken wire was sitting comfortably on a swing
We caught the ferry from Ullapool to Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis
Wonderful views across Lewis
Even here, it’s hard to avoid litter, unfortunately
Fisherman at the port
Accompanied by a herring girl
Standing stones at Callanish on Isle of Lewis
Blackhouse village on the Isle of Lewis
These blackhouses were built in the late 1800s and were lived in full time until the 1970s
Blackhouses, once were common all across the Hebridean landscape, were one-room homes lived in by the Highlanders along with their livestock
Spotted on our way back down south — a new plotline for Midsomer Murders perhaps?