Saturday, July 27, 2013

Anchor Rock, Gigha.

Having enjoyed a leisurely luncheon at The Boathouse, we set off from Ardminish pier in a clockwisedirection  round Gigha under sail.

 As soon as our bows turned to the south we had to drop the sails in the southerly headwind.

 We were compensated by crystal clear water which floated us...

 ...over sands and reefs.

Near Anchor Rock there is a large onshore fish farm which produces organic turbot.

 Behind Anchor Roch lies the delightful Port a' Chaolais.

Next we paddled under Gigha South Pier. This was the original destination of ferries to Gigha. The Islay ferry stopped off at this pier on her way to Port Ellen. The last ferry on this run was the MV Pioneer. The Gigha ferry now operates to the RORO (roll on rolll off) slipway to the north of Ardminish. The current ferry, MV Loch Ranza, still ties up at the old South Pier overnight.

For those running low, fresh water available at the pier.