Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Tides, blow holes and rock gardens on the west coast of Iona

 We were now paddling north up Iona's west coast. Grey slabs of gneiss dip into the Atlantic forming...

 ...headland after headland.

 The ebb tide was now running against us and inside Stac an Aoineidh (steep stack) we had to paddle rather hard but...

 ...we were soon back to more relaxed steady paddling until we came to...

...the Spouting Cave which was heard well before we saw it. The cave is a blow hole and was in fact breathing very gently when we passed by. It must be awesome in a storm.

After leaving the booming Spouting Cave behind, we continued along the coast while...

...Donald zoomed off to explore some offshore reefs in his F-Rib.

At Port Ceann na Creige (port of the rocky headland) we came across this beautiful wooden yacht, Wild Rose. We had seen her the previous evening anchored at Tinker's Hole on the Ross of Mull.

I have passed Wild Rose quite a few times on my travels and have seen her moored at Carsaig Bay and also Tayvallich. The owner is obviously a proper sailor. Not only is she beautifully maintained and fitted out but this bay is a rock garden. Wild Rose's davits were empty and her dinghy was by the shore. Talking of which, it was about time we stretched our legs on the shore...

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  1. Hi Douglas - some lovely shots on yours and Ian's blogs - a return to Iona is on the cards I think. My last visit gave some memorable paddling but a more relaxed trip would be good too. The spout from the spouting cave was easily clearing the cliffs when we passed, in a storm it would be impressive to say the least I'm sure, and along with a close encounter with a reef break and catching a wave with the camera (not sure how it survived but it did) it felt slightly epic at the time! Perhaps we'll have a midge free Indian summer...
    Cheers
    Will

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    1. Thank you Will. I well remember the impressive photos of swell you posted. On my first visit was light wind but a huge westerly swell. We ended up staying well out and not being able to land till we got back into the Sound of Iona :o)

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