Monday, May 03, 2010

Oa what a paradise!

After our long paddle round the Oa peninsula, it was a great relief to find this small sliver of sand in a gap between the unrelenting dark rocks below Lower Killeyan farm.

In this little piece of paradise, we enjoyed a well deserved luncheon on the flat rocks next to the kayaks. Misha and Jennifer then went off to explore the cliffs to the south of the beach. They found a lean-to bothy near the mouth of a cave. Unfortunately a goat had chosen it as its last resting place, which somewhat diminished its attractiveness as a shelter from the rain that started to fall. You can see more of Misha's B&W photos from this trip over on his blog.

I decided to stay where I was and hobbled round trying to get...

...a nice photo of this stunning beach on the west coast of the Mull of Oa.

Despite the clouds and rain I think this beach is one the best we have found anywhere on our travels.

The surf forecast for the day was 3.5 to 4 feet and I had been concerned, in case we were going to have a difficult landing here. Fortunately the bay is screened by many stacks and islands and the strong current that runs to the south, between them, stopped the swells entering the bay. Given the strong currents, this would not be the ideal bay for some sea swimming!


  1. Lovely colours in the last photo.

  2. Thank you anon, I nearly didn't bother with the camera due to the rain and flat dull light but a combination of a higher viewpoint and a polarising filter has produced a pleasing result.


  3. Perhaps being from Australia has poisoned my imagination but It's a bit of a stretch for me to accept that as "paradise" - perhaps if it were just a little warmer... enough so that you don't need a dry suit I'll go with it.

    Wish I was there tho'

  4. I know what you mean Stephen,all that lovely heat, box jelly fish, sea crocodiles, great whites etc... paradise indeed!

    Mind you I nearly forgot about our midges!!! There's a predator for you!