Friday, May 07, 2010

All hail Soldier's Rock, Islay

Turning another corner on the west coast of Islay's Mull of Oa, we came upon the great sea stack of Soldier's Rock.

The rain turned to hail as we paddled below its layered faces...

...then entered a great cavern with windows in its roof.

Through one window, this waterfall cascaded into the cavern.

Once our eyes adjusted to the gloom, we saw an entrance to a smaller cave at the back of the main cavern.

We reversed our kayaks in and as...

...the vault of the cave's roof closed over our heads...

... it formed a perfect frame for the great stack in the bay beyond.

All hail the Soldier's Rock!