Monday, February 16, 2009

Free again, escape to Bute.

It's been a while since we have been out. I think it's called cabin fever. We found ourselves on the reddish sands in front of the douce Victorian villas of Seamill on the Ayrshire coast. We were bound for the southern end of island of Bute, which is the little pointed peak, a third of the way in from the right hand edge of this photograph.

My goodness it was good to be back on the water. We were bound for Glencallum Bay on the southern point of Bute. We have been there lots of times but it is a rewarding paddle.

Our bows lifted as the spring flood tide ran against the NW wind.

In the distance, the hills of Arran were nearly stripped of the recent snows.

The arms of Glencallum Bay offered us much needed shelter for a lunch break. It is a very special place and we touched foot on its shore just three and a half hours after leaving our front door!

The bay faces out into the broadening expanse of the Firth of Clyde

We covered 23.2km and circumnavigated the island of Little Cumbrae on our way to Bute and back.



  1. Was down that area last week douglas in one of these.

  2. Murty what a stonking great trip you guys have had! The Crinan canal is for wimps eh?

    I saw the mountains of Coigach across the Minch, the Skye Bridge then Sound of Sleat to Mallaig. On to Ardnamurchan and down to Tobermory, did you stop in at the Mishnish for a refreshment? Down the Sound of Mull past Fladda and into the sound of Jura, round the Mull of Kintyre into the Firth of Clyde, a stop in Campbeltown and I couldn't make out where you finished in the dark, possibly Greenock?


  3. It was a great trip douglas flat water all the way,stopped in Mallaig for lunch,Tobermory overnight and dropped off a Campbeltown crewman/ campbeltown then went up kilbrannan sound and on through the kyles of bute up the Clyde to Rue marina at Helinsburgh.
    That was the second time on that trip in three weeks,delivered the Stornoway lifeboat for repair and then took a relief boat back.You spend more time at sea than i do,Maybe see you next time you are up this way.

  4. Hello Murty ...."You spend more time at sea than i do" really mustn't say things like that. My angle is that IU am not getting out enough!!

    We definitely plan to get back to the Hebrides this year.