Wednesday, November 28, 2007

An Iona fishergirl

Leaving Market Bay on the Ross of Mull, we paddled back towards Iona in the still of a perfect summer evening. We passed the lovely hamlet of Kintra at the mouth of the Sound of Iona but the tide had now turned and we had to fight the increasing flood current which was flowing against us through the Bull Hole. This is a narrow channel between the Ross of Mull and Eilean Nam Ban. Ahead, some basking seals ignored us, they could see we were making almost no progress. We then ferried over to the island side and on across the Sound of Iona.

We landed below the village just as the last ferry departed with its load of tourists. A little local girl, sitting with her father in a beautiful white clinker built boat, asked “Is that a sea kayak?”

“Yes it is” I replied.

“I would love to do that” she said, wistfully.

“Well you very lucky, you are in the right place for it.”

Her dad then said “Aye, she likes the sea; she’s been helping with the lobster pots today.”



  1. She's certainly in the right place for it. I would love to paddle where you are. Your photgraphy is amazing. How do you stow your camera rig? I presume its all in waterproof housing.

  2. Wonderful images...again. What a joy to see those clouds and traditional hulls captured so well.

  3. Thank you folks!

    Brad these photos were taken by a Canon 5D a very unwaterproof camera. I keep it in an Ortlieb Aquazoom bag which is secured on deck. I have fallen in by accident and the camera stayed dry while I did a re-entry roll.

    Silbs, I tend to underexpose a lot of my shots to get highlight detail in clouds and things. You can usually rescue detail in the shade but once highlights are blown that's it. I also use a polarising filter for the skies.