Saturday, December 01, 2007

Howling wolf rock (not the blues).

Shortly after leaving Uisken we passed "howling wolf rock". Rocks whose shape looks like something else are called mimetoliths. This mimetolith is the only grey wolf we saw on our travels. The wolves were native to Scotland but the last was exterminated in 1743.

We gathered the most wonderful seasoned wood from the top of one of the beaches. We filled all the hatches of our kayaks and took it back to Fidden beach which had been stripped bare of firewood. It was to provide the best sea kayaking fire we have ever enjoyed but it did not need to frighten off any wolves. The farmer's dog was quite unafraid of fire and made off with half of David's tea.



  1. Hi Douglas,
    Thankyou for posting my blog . Love your site,it's enjoyed very much , every night I drop in for a look and think back 15year's or so when I spent two - two week sailing trip's onboard a 60 foot Ketch Called the Grania, one in June and the other in September around the western isle's of Scotland - Iona ,Oban, Bunessan, Rhum, Tobermorey and Skye Even managed a landing on Staffa - Fingal's caves I seen some beautiful site's and met some great folk. Regard's Danny N.Ireland.

  2. Danny, thank you, I am delighted to exchange links. I have not had my kayak over in Northern Ireland yet I was over recently at my brother in law's wedding. I drove round the Down and Antrim coasts scouting out locations. I particularly liked the east and north Antrim coastline.

    Like you I did a lot of sailing on the west coast, but I now prefer sea kayaking!