Monday, 30 May 2016

Sea Kayak Expedition 2016 - MacLeod's Maidens & the Ramasaig Coast

The following morning we departed Waiy Island and headed across the short crossing towards the Maidens. This again was a piece off coast I have wanted to paddle for quite some time, the weather was yet again unbelievable - wall to wall blue sky.

I knew this coastline was amazing with waterfalls, caves, arches and stacks but the reality of it still took our breath away. I'll leave the images to do the talking and of course they are all fully clickable for full page viewing. Thank you for looking.

Sea Kayak Expedition 2016 -Wiay Island, Skye

We again moved down the coast and made our way to the west coast of Skye. Getting onto the water late afternoon we made our way to the Island of Wiay where we were to wild camp for the evening.

We were lazing about and making calls to home when amazing we had a visit from a juvenile sea eagle being harassed by a Great Skua

It was an absolute pleasure to witness this aerial combat and a true highlight of the trip for me.

Sea Kayak Expedition 2016 - The Summer Isles

We moved down the coast a little and set up camp at yet another amazing campsite. This was just off the beach and again we were greeted with wall to wall blue sky's. This was to be a simple and non challenging trip with flat seas and light winds.

Sea Kayak Expedition 2016 - Handa Island

I had been looking at Handa on maps and in Google for sometime, I really wanted to get there and discover this lovely place. We camped at a beautiful campsite overlooking the bay and Handa in the distance. This journey certainly did not disappoint.

An amazing place seen again in just perfect weather, I should have video to accompany this trip very soon.

Sea Kayak Expedition 2016 - Cape Wrath

We slowly made our way up to the very north of Scotland and reached our destination of Durness. From here our plan was to tackle the formidable headland of Cape Wrath. All the tidal planning was in place and it finally looked like the weather was going to play ball too.

We loaded our boats and started to make the journey west. The sea was fairly lumpy but we soon both settled into a steady rhythm making progress to Kearvaig Bay.

As the bay came into view I think we were both happy to get ashore as conditions had become quite lumpy in the waters close to the head.

After getting freshened up we decided on a hike to Cape Wrath Lighthouse to see what the conditions on the other side of the head were like. It was a long hike and a disappointing view when we got there.

Back on the water the following morning and conditions had improved somewhat. We soon made our way around the headland of Cape Wrath.

Next stop Sandwood Bay, a beautiful bay that was open to the full force of the Atlantic swells that were rolling in. I think we both were giving thought on how to best approach this next landing.

It wasn't so bad but we both got a good beating making our way back out of the surf zone. Another 16km and we were nearing journeys end, an amazing trip and one off the bucket list.