It’s a gorgeous evening on the beach just below the cottage and we’ve been joined by an old friend. The NLV Pole Star has arrived this evening to anchor overnight. The vessel is a lighthouse tender operated by the Northern Lighthouse Board, the body responsible for the operation of lighthouses and marine navigation aids around the coasts of Scotland and the Isle of Man. Based in Oban – the vessel incorporated the latest thinking in propulsion, navigation and buoy-handling technologies when she was launched in 2000. Sadly, we won’t be seeing this Pole Star for very much longer. She is nearing the end of her career and the Northern Lighthouse Board expects to replace her in September 2024.