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, June 30, 2014
Saturday, June 28, 2014
Between Fallen Rocks and a hard place, a voyage from Cock.
Laggan cottage which is part North Sannox estate. No road leads to the cottage, only a rough footpath climbs high over the hills. It is possible to hire the cottage from the Arran and Sannox Estates who can be contacted at email@example.com .
Beyond Laggan we came to Millstone Point. Near the SE corner of the beach there is a millstone lying on the beach. It is quite tricky to spot from the sea unless...
...someone has marked it with a piece of driftwood in the axle hole such as we found on a previous visit.. According to Tucker in Millstone making in Scotland, Millstone Point was one of only 26 millstone quarries in Scotland. The hard gritstone at Millstone Point was suited to the manufacture of monolithic millstones such as this abandoned one on the beach.
Fallen Rocks clearly had a gift of words.
The scale and extent of Fallen Rocks is best appreciated from the sea. From the coastal path (which passes behind these blocks) you actually see very little of the rockfall.
Friday, June 27, 2014
Some coming and going and hands deep in pockets at Cock
The roadless and remote coast of the Cock of Arran proved to be surprisingly busy with a great variety of vessels coming and going in the Sound of Bute, which separates Arran from Bute. In addition to a large number of yachts, FV Kathleen TT5 from Campbeltown and...
...the paddle steamer Waverley complete with...
...rainbow and the pocket...
...cruise liner MV Silver Explorer all came and went. Silver Explorer was heading to Greenock after a cruise up the west coast of the British Isles from Portsmouth. From Greenock her next cruise was to Bergen. If you fancy a cruise on Silver Explorer you will need to put your hand deep in your pocket for about £5,000 per week. Mind you drinks are included but so they were on our little cruise which was not quite so expensive!
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Dangerous shafts at Cock.
Once we got our camp established at the north end of Arran, it was time to explore. Nearby we came to the ruins of the old settlement of Cock. It existed because of deposits of lignite a low grade coal which was used for a relatively short period of time (1710 to 1735) to fire salt pans for the local herring industry. You can read more about it in this previous post "The taxman's hand on the Cock of Arran."
Nowadays the shafts of the coal pits are flooded. I would not care to wander round here in a dark night.
Despite its industrial past, Cock is now a beautiful place. The area has returned to nature and is surrounded by mixed deciduous woodland filled with birdsong.
Crystal clear burns tumble down from the high hills and wild flowers such as primroses and...
...thrift were in full bloom in the woods and along the shore.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Weather cocking at the Cock.
Cock of Arran (which was fully exposed to the north east wind) but conditions were benign as the rain flattened the seas.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Dark clouds over (but a warm welcome in) Lochranza.
Loch Ranza but we did not waste any time exploring the castle, oh no..
Lochranza Hotel and made our way straight to the public bar. Despite being in wet kayaking gear we were warmly welcomed and shown to a table.