Tuesday, April 21, 2009
To Arran via Ailsa Craig
We had originally intended going to Colonsay last Friday night but the easterly winds were up to 35 knots. The forecast for the Clyde on Saturday was for force 3 easterly and on Sunday force 3 southerly so we thought we would go on a little 42km trip to Arran via Ailsa Craig. We met at Lendalfoot on the south Ayrshire coast.
Of course the forecast wasn't quite right and we had a fresh northerly on Saturday. At nearby Campbeltown airport it got up to 19 knots. It made for a bumpy crossing and I thought that we would need to abandon our attempt on Arran. You can see from our track to Ailsa Craig where we got blown down wind on two occasions when the wind really got up.
Instead, we decided to paddle round the Craig. On the sheltered southerly side we had amazing views...
... of thousands and thousands of nesting gannets and....
... amazing rock architecture like here at Stranny Point.