Their nasty looks and fearsome reputation belie the facts: while their sting will bring the average person out in an itchy rash, they are only of any danger to people who have sensitive skin or an allergic reaction. The standard treatment, as described in a recent post from Rachael here, is the gentle application of vinegar.
This year has seen very few jellyfish off the Ardnamurchan coast. The most common are the purple moon jellyfish, which are harmless. The lion's mane may not be as fierce a beast as his reputation paints him, but you have to admit he makes a very pretty picture.
More information on the lion's mane jellyfish here.
On the subject of marine beasties, Hughie MacLachlan, who greets visitors at the top of the tower at Ardnamurchan lighthouse, contacted the Diary yesterday to report that he had just seen a sunfish, only the second he had ever seen, swimming off the Point. Three basking sharks had been around all day, one about 10m long, but the sunfish caused considerable excitement. Sadly, Hughie didn't have a camera with him but there's more about this strange fish, and a picture, here.