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Looking to Scarp Island and its Rocket Post

Scarp is a small now uninhabited island. It lies just 200m at low tide from Harris on the west coast, near Hushinish. On the path to a beach I bumped into a couple who told me the story of its postal service by the pioneering German rocketeer Gerhard Zucker.

Approach to Mheilen beach
Approach to Mheilen beach

 

From the cliff path
From the cliff path

 

Sunset on Mheilen beach
Sunset on Mheilen beach

Edge of the Machair
Edge of the Machair

Traversing a steep rocky steep path drops you onto Mheilen beach, the closest point to Scarp. A German rocketeer tested his idea to transport the islanders post via a rocket in July 1934. After two failed attempts it was abandoned, but the complete story was told in a movie The Rocket Post. As an aside, Gerhard Zucker pitched his rocket ideas to the Nazi’s and that story can be found on this good website.

Isle of Scarp
Island so close

 

Froth
Froth

 

Salute the cloud
Salute the cloud

 

Mheilen beach
Mheilen beach

 

Wind over froth
Wind over froth

 

Mheilen beach towards Firth of Scarp
Mheilen beach towards Firth of Scarp

 

Machair detail
Machair detail

 

Old bouy
Old metal bouy

 

Red metal
Red metal

 

Mheilen beach detail
Mheilen beach detail

 

Rainbow No. 342
Rainbow No. 342

 

Isle of Scarp
Isle of Scarp from Hushinish

 

Not long after this trip the National Theatre of Scotland was touring my area and I went along to see a musical interpretation of Rocket Post. The captured the spirit and charm of the islands beautifully.

           

 

See Road to Hushinish

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