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.
Once we left the shelter of Balfour's Bay we were soon back in the wind. Donald in the F-Rib went on ahead as we were going to be exploring some shallow channels.
It did not take long to reach the maze of islands and reefs of the west coast of Erraid.
It really is a maze and I had to reassure the others that we were on the right track and there would be a stunning secret beach at the end of it.
I knew I was on the right track when I spotted the guardian of the beach, one of the Moai of Mull (I had been this way before back in 2007).
A couple more corners and there it was, the secret beach of the Moai of Mull. As the sun dipped towards Iona in the west our long shadows moved over the bottom of the sandy bay as we...
...slid into land on the strip of white shell sand.
We set off in different directions to explore...
...the natural amphitheatre of pink rocks.
We were grateful our kayaks had allowed us to explore this wonderful spot. But do not feel sorry for Donald in the F-Rib, he was off to the other side of the Sound of Iona exploring the Iona coastline/
Ian and I climbed to a rocky knoll and surveyed the maze of the Moai of Mull we had just paddled through.
The sea pink looked marvellous against the pink granite rocks.
Lengthening shadows of sea shells on the sand meant it was time to...
...return to the boats, if we wanted to find our way out of the maze in daylight.