WMO03034, Aultbea No.2

Posted: August 28, 2012 by tchannon in Analysis, Surfacestation


WMO03034, Aultbea No.2

57 51 32N 05 37 58W

Class 1, with coda

UHI, local uncertain, distant, none.

Google street view is available.

Bing is here

This site is actually at Mellon Charles, is a crofting community but seems at least as much holiday rentals.

I was puzzled by the foreshore lake which looks artificial and has a dam and sluice-way. Then there are the incongruous huts on the foreshore, pontoon moored just offshore. Looks industrial but at first no web clues.

“Aultbea has a small harbour at Aird Point. The observant will note other moorings below the main road south of Aultbea. These relate to a NATO naval refuelling facility and explain the presence of warships in the loch from time to time: and, on one occasion we were there, a group of Dutch Marines setting up camp in the layby on the main road more usually used to give passing motorists scenic views over Aultbea.”

In which case a lake of fresh water makes sense (there are natural lakes but not on the foreshore), also begs the question of where is bunkering fuel kept? My guess is it isn’t, leave it at that. (this is best not answered, we don’t want to annoy anyone)

How occasional is it?

This explains something else, the land will be Ministry of Defence owned hence Met Office.

There are signs the land has been churned up within the 100 metre met station radius.

Whilst I don’t expect much naval activity in current times there is also no way of knowing when change occurs or what else might take place.

Some caution is needed although having a significant effect on a met station would take some doing.

  1. Caz says:

    Well blow me down with a feather I was just going to suggest that it would be handy to have a Google or Bing link included in your post so that we can fly straight there. And you have already. Great stuff.

    If you go to street view in Google You’ll see that just after the RN gate there is a Fisheries Services marine laboratory and it has access to the lake and the water from the lake has been channeled to their two Portakins.

    Great part of the world though.

  2. Caz says:

    The NATO refueling jetty is further along Loch Ewe, just past Aultbea and the site of the fuel tanks clearly visible from the air.


  3. tchannon says:

    I was wrong, in which case a bit of a mystery. Never mind, there will be lots of loose ends, need to bash onwards. (I must be nuts trying this lot)
    For the moment I’ve leave the post as-is.

  4. Caz says:

    You are not wrong about the Aultbea synoptic weather station that is clearly where you marked it in Google street view.

    It’s not your fault that there are two Naval facilities in the Aulbea area both called Aulltbea. Your title page needs a u by the way.

    You’re doing a great job.

  5. colliemum says:

    Just want to say that this is excellent work. Thanks!

    The ‘bing’ link is great, one can also just plug in the coordinates into google maps.
    It is very interesting to look at the landscape/features surrounding the area of the station. Mind – doing that can become addictive …