Thursday, July 03, 2008

Sea kayaks are go on Hirta Island!

By now it was nearly 4pm on Monday. Unfortunately the promised light winds for Tuesday were lost in the gloom of the most recent forecast: force 5 southerly this evening increasing force 6 southerly by morning. It was make or break time, on St Kilda calm conditions never last long. Murdy considered the options then came the call. "Launch the boats!" Raiding Vikings could hardly have got on the water so quickly! Murdy's plan was to paddle round Hirta anticlockwise. This would mean we should arrive in the Hirta Soay gap about slack water. The only problem might be an increasing southerly shrieking through the gap. Murdy arranged for Cuma to rendezvous with us at the gap. Cuma would then go through as a probe!

The tour boats were all moored in a neat line across Village Bay, very shipshape! But wait....

...that red boat doesn't look very neatly parked!



  1. Dear Douglas,

    Here in Northern Ireland we heard that the "RED BOAT OUT OF LINE" was carrying a precious cargo of Arthur Guinness ,and was torpedoed ! by a Lendal Paddle !and was forced to beach its self to save the crew from certain death by the approaching wolf kayak ! Is this true or only rumours ? Regards Danny .

  2. Greetings Danny, I can neither confirm nor deny this scurrilous rumour which has reached your ears. Yes Tony and I are very partial to said libation and Tony has modified his kayak with a large tubular device of as yet unknown function... I have already said too much... our reputation goes before us, I cannot risk further incrimination.

    We may be going to Islay, in a week or two, in search of our other favourite sustaining nectar but I have heard they have actually closed some distilleries in advance of our arrival. Most worrying and I hope it is not true.

    We were hoping to start a new series of posts... "seaside distilleries"!!


  3. Hi Douglas,
    Thanks for quelling the rumours,
    and be safe on your journey.
    Really beautiful pictures, thank you for letting all of us enjoy a glimpse of the stunning places you all are visiting .I am off to the lovely Isle of Man next week, camping and kayaking and to meet up with some of the nice folk of paddle buddy I.O.M. take it easy ! Danny N.Ireland .