For those who would like to follow the thread of a single trip, I hope this index will be useful. Unfortunately the Google "search this blog" function is not working properly at the moment so the link may not recover all the relevent posts.
2009 running total distance: 890km
The Cumbraes, Firth of Clyde, 27km
The Mull of Galloway tide race, at full belt! 21km
Sannox synchronicity: Portencross to Brodick, Arran, 31km
Maidens to Ayr, 20km
A trinity of tide races: circumnavigation of Scarba 38km
Fleet bay Solway Firth, 3km
Islay, Oronsay, Colonsay, Jura, Islay 109km
Seafield, Ayr, Firth of Clyde, 7km
Lady Isle, Troon Firth of Clyde 9km
Ardnamurchan to Coll, Gunna and Tiree
15/06/09 Coll to Ardnamurchan, 18km
14/06/09 Gunna to Rubha Sgor-innis, Coll, 34km
13/06/09 NW Coll to Scarinish, Tiree, 40km
12/06/09 Ardnamurchan to the Cairns of Coll, 28km
A Solway smugglers' Ccave
09/06/09 Solway Firth 9km
Full Moon at Rumblekirn
08/06/09 Solway Firth 14km
Sea shells and egg shells
01/06/09 am Solway Firth 10km
The great dun of Carrick
31/05/09 pm Solway Firth 19km
Three Pillars of Knockbrex
31/05/09 am Solway Firth 12km
Plumage and blossom on the Solway
30/05/09 Solway Firth 13km
Sea eagles and coral sands
23/05/09 Isle of Skye 19km
A big day!
Portuairk to Mull and return.
10/05/09 Ardnamurchan Point 42km.
Surf's up on Ayrshire's Atlantic Coast
Finnarts Bay to Lendalfoot
02/05/09 Firth of Clyde 21km
Arran Direct, Firth of Clyde
19/04/09 Kildonnan to Brodick 19km
18/04/09 Lendalfoot to Ailsa Craig then Pladda then Kildonnan, Arran 41km
Dumfries to Southerness in search of the Nith bore!
13/04/09 Solway Firth 25km
The Islands of Fleet
11/04/09 Solway Firth 12km
Fairlie to Little Cumbrae
04/04/09 Firth of Clyde 20km
The Islands of Fleet
02/04/09 Solway Firth 11km
Troon Ballast Bank to Lady Isle
01/04/09 Firth of Clyde 11km
From Portencross to Bute and Arran
21/03/09 Firth of Clyde 31km
"End of the Winter timetable!"
By ferry to Loch Ranza on Arran and return to Portavadie
19/03/09 Firth of Clyde 30km
The Carrick coast, Maidens to Ayr
15/03/09 Firth of Clyde 20km
The islands of Loch Leven
01/03/09 Firth of Lorn 11km
Port Appin to Loch Leven
28/02/09 Firth of Lorn 29km
"Any port in a storm on Great Cumbrae"
21/02/09 Firth of Clyde 19km
Bute from Seamill.
15/02/09 Firth of Clyde 23km
Surfing from Turnberry Point to Carrick Shore
08/01/09 Firth of Clyde 9km
The MacCormaig Islands from Carsaig Bay
02/01/09 The Sound of Jura 35km
Imagine you are at the edge of the sea on a day when it is difficult to say where the land ends and the sea begins and where the sea ends and the sky begins. Sea kayaking lets you explore these and your own boundaries and broadens your horizons. Sea kayaking is the new mountaineering.
Monday, January 05, 2009
A fine bothy for a party!
We circled round to the north side of Eilean Mor in the MacCormaig Isles and entered its surprisingly sheltered natural harbour. There is a seventh century turf roofed chapel, which we had explored on a previous visit but this time we wanted to get a closer look at a rather ancient looking turf roofed bothy on the west side of the inlet.
There was an awkward rocky landing at the foot of a steep stone flight of steps. We wondered if we were following in the footsteps of the saints!
Closer inspection of the bothy revealed an inset stone with Celtic carving. The word "Failte" (welcome) was inscribed above a shield device below which the date was a surprisingly recent 1995! Despite the inscription, the door was secured by two stout padlocks. It turns out that the island and the bothy belong to the Scottish National Party. Presumably admission is by Party card.
Somewhat disillusioned, we climbed back down to our waiting kayaks. Meanwhile the north going flood had built up nicely, promising a speedy return trip.