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, July 27, 2015
The wind mills of Kintyre were birling in the north wind.
Friday, July 24, 2015
Reviresco in Loch Fyne
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...place an archaeological map over today's map and you will discover this area was once a near metropolis. There was an ancient dun or hill fort on...
Caisteal Mhic Eoghainn (Mac Ewan Castle) and was the base for the Ewan of Otter clan. There were multiple, unrelated MacEwan clans in Scotland and the Ewans of Otter and their land became subsumed into the Campbell clan after their last chief, Swene Mac Ewen, died in 1493.
...a brass plaque on which the clan motto "Reviresco" is displayed. This means grow green (or young) again.
building by the shore is a 19th century salt house. Salt was needed to preserve the prodigious numbers of herring which were once found in the loch. Other herring were preserved by smoking...the Loch Fyne kipper. One branch of my family came from here and my great great grandfather MacCallum was a herring fisherman. His sons followed him but the fish ran out and they had to fish further and further afield. My great, great uncle was washed overboard and lost at sea in the Southern Ocean.
Loch Fyne herring drifters by William Lionel Wyllie (1851-1931)
The traditional Loch Fyne herring fishermen used sail and oar powered boats and drift nets but the introduction in the mid 19th century of steam trawlers (based in Tarbert and Campbeltown) increased the overfishing and there was bitter rivalry between the two types of fishermen. Violence ensued and the Royal Navy had to station HMS Porcupine (a 3 gun wooden steamer built in 1844) on the loch to keep the peace. My great grandfather gave up the sea and moved to Glasgow where he got a job with the Caledonian Railway company.
Monday, July 20, 2015
Rip roaring yarns at Kilfinan.
Sunday, July 19, 2015
Gob smacked by the fine scenery at the mouth of Loch Fyne.
NW of Portavadie we came to a delightful number of islands. This isle is Eilean a' Bhuic. It lies off the beautiful...
...Glenan Bay which is backed by...
...verdant wooded hills above which a pair of eagles were gliding on a thermal.
Further north we came to all that remains of a great Iron Age dun called Caisteal Aoidhe which sits atop its little tidal island. Most people would not look twice at it but once you have an eye for such relics they are easy to spot.
Eilean Buidhe, is surrounded by a maze of...
Between the bays the coast of Loch Fyne is characterised by bold rocky headlands that plunge steeply into the sea. Loch Fyne is the largest sea Loch in Scotland and was cut by a huge glacier. Just off this headland south of Auchalick Bay, the loch is 150m deep.
Gob a' Bharra.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
No restriction on draft at Portavadie Marina.
Sgat Mor and its little lighthouse before turning north into the mouth of Loch Fyne, the biggest sea loch in Britain,...
Portavadie Marina where we had...
Ardyne, which I photographed when it was near complete in 1977.
Portavadie Marina restaurant and bar? No restriction on draft? We can test that. We'll start with four pints of Guinness please.
Monday, July 13, 2015
A popular luncheon spot in Asgog Bay.
Kilbride Bay and paddled round the Ardlamont coast and through the...
island of Sgat Beag to the mainland.
island of Sgat Beag to the mainland.
We then arrived in beautiful Asgog Bay where we passed an old motor cruiser. Her skipper was making good use of the fine weather and varnishing her wooden topsides.