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.
Friday, August 17, 2012
The birds of Ailsa Craig
This was the sight that greeted an unsuspecting Mike as he led the way round to the west coast of Ailsa Craig...
...literally thousands and thousands of gannets. As it was late in the season, many juveniles were joinining their parents in the air.
The Ailsa Craig gannet colony is one of the best kept secrets in the west of Scotland.
On the grassy slopes, like here near Swine Cave, puffins have re-established a breeding colony following the recent extermination of rats from the island. We were cheered to see literally hundreds of the comical little birds.
As we completed our circumnavigation, Mike's happy expression said it all.