Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Three unexpected swims in the Sound of Arisaig.



Leaving the skerries, we made our way to the north shore of the Sound of Arisaig where we discovered...

 ...this stunning white shell sand beach...

...which nestled between rocky outcrops.

 We drew our kayaks up...

...on the pristine sands and...

...made our way up to a closely cropped grassy sward and...

 ...found a most suitable vantage spot to partake of...

...our first luncheon.

 A solitary rock pipit hovered round waiting for crumbs.

From the little hill beside the beach there was a stunning view back to the Moidart hills behind Samalaman bay from where we had set off.

 There was another stunning view of Eigg and Rum...

 ...not to mention Skye.

 Next we turned our attention to the beach...

 ...which was covered by thousands of shells.

Despite looking very hard...

...only Jennifer found a solitary northern cowrie. They were much harder to find here than on our visit to Gunna.

 Finding the cowrie seemed to go to Jennifer's head, she did a series of cartwheels straight...

 ...into the sea, which was only 7 degrees Celsius!

Photo by Philip Toman

Not to be outdone, Ian and I also felt obliged to go for a quick dip. Swimming in Scotland in mid February...whatever next?



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