We were visited by a film crew making the Turas Tony program for the BBC Alba Gaelic channel. Actor Tony Kearney, aka Turas Tony, joined the NTS ranger team to experience the varied aspects of our jobs. His day began assisting Paul with the pleasant task of meeting enthusiastic visitors at the Jetty.
photo top: preparing for tourists to arrive (Paul Sharman)
photo bottom: Tony meeting the tourists at the top of the jetty (Solus Glasgow)
Dressed in his NTS fleece, Tony made a good job of handling the St Kilda rush hour a few minutes later. Then, taking the rough with the smooth he took his turn to pressure wash slippery algae from the jetty steps. This job can only be done at low tide of course so he had to crack on before the water started to rise again.
photo: cleaning the algae from the jetty steps (Paul Sharman)
He finished his day as the Ranger by manning the till in the St Kilda shop - apparently the hardest job of all! Then it was off to join Gina, the seabird and marine ranger, to help check the nest boxes she has installed on the other side of the island.
On route, we took advantage of the good weather and pointed out the island chain, including Tony's home island of Barra.
Photo: pointing to Barra (Solus Glasgow)
The nest boxes are near the Lover's stone so Tony and Jim (the producer) climbed up and posed for a photo.
photo: On the Lover's stone, not quite standing! (Gina Prior)
The crew had some wild weather to contend with during their stay and they left in rough conditions.
photo: Waving goodbye as they film crew leave on a miserable weather day (Gina Prior)
We all enjoyed having the film crew around and now look forward to the program when it is broadcast on BBC Alba in November.
photos: NTS staff and the film crew (Gina Prior)