Traveling by air and sea for Inverness Athletic is a plane for the Eriskay striker
Striker Dominic Macaulay has gone the distance for Inverness Athletic this season, traveling by sea and air to play for the North Caledonian League club.
Living in Eriskay in the Western Isles, the apprentice plumber finishes work on a Friday evening and flies to Inverness before returning home by bus and ferry on a Sunday.
It’s an epic journey for the 22-year-old to take every weekend, but Macaulay says he loves the opportunity to play football in the winter, which isn’t possible in the Western Isles.
“I finish work on a Friday, then fly out after work and play the game on a Saturday, then take the ferry home on a Sunday.
I’m traveling from Benbecula to Stornoway then flying to Inverness on Friday evening.
“Then on Sunday I take a four-hour bus to catch the ferry from Uig to my house.
“The ferry can be a bit choppy and you never know if it will leave due to the weather. But I was only blocked once.
“But I love it because in Eriskay there’s no way I can play here in the winter.”
Macaulay says the distance involved in playing for Athletic was a concern before signing.
But with the support of the club and his teammates, he relishes the opportunity to play in the sixth tier of Scottish football.
“I go to Inverness University as part of my apprenticeship.
“At the very start of the season my Athletic team-mate Graham Stewart asked me to play for IRN Security in the Inverness summer league.
“He asked me to go to training and that’s when the manager asked me to come and play.
“I had to think about it because I didn’t know how easy it would be to find and how I would pay for it.
“But the club helped cover travel costs and secured funds for me to travel.
“I couldn’t do it without it.”
Macaulay has scored 10 goals for Inverness Athletic this season and he would like to average at least one goal per game in their last five games.
“I’m pretty happy with the 10 goals so far, but I wouldn’t mind scoring a few more before the end of the season.
“We have five games left, so it would be nice to score at least 15 goals.”
Macaulay also plans to play for Eriskay in the Uist and Barra league this summer. He says it would be great to see more players from the Western Isles in the North Caledonian league. But says it’s a huge commitment.
He said: “It would be nice to see more players come from here to play in the North Caledonian League, but it’s a big ask for people to switch.
“But the club asked if there were any players who could come and do some work for them.”