Last weekend was our last Sea kayaking trip for this season. For this Paul and Catherine joined in on the adventure. Since the weather was really good with very little wind and mostly dry we did something different from the usual areas and paddled from Boadford to Raasay and back.
To start of the day we kayaked over to Pabay. There we were greeted by about 20 harbour seals. They seem to be curious enough to to have a look at us but didn’t want to get too close. However, on the way to Raasay, some of the seals followed us for about 10km passed the narrows at Scalpay.
It was a bit of a close call to arrive at Raasay but we just about managed it and got to our camping spot at 5:30pm. When it starts getting dark at 7pm it was a bit close to get the tents up and do all the cooking before you start doing things in the dark. Raasay house also accommodated us for some evening refreshments.
In the morning we could see that the wind has picked up a little. So after a breakfast of freshly made cappuccino and some egg rolls we headed off back towards Broadford. Even on that day we had a few curious looks from some seals, but this time they didn’t stick around for too long.
Paul and Catherine were really good and they picked up on those little tips.
Last weekend we went to Skye for a 2 day paddle with an American/German couple (living in Germany). The weather forecast for the weekend was superb for paddling with very little wind and some sunshine most of Saturday. However, it was suppose to get more overcast in the evening and then rain. Naturally this means that it perfect for midges. They were out with a vengeance and even going behind the bushes was only possible with a midge hood.
Never mind the wee beasties. The paddling was fantastic. We spotted some harbour seal near Kyle and paddled then up to the Kishorn Islands and then all the way back to Uags bothy. We certainly made the most of the good weather on Saturday and had a good enjoyable BBQ at the bothy. The next day we paddled back to Kyleakin and had a nice lunch after we packed away all the kit.
In Early June we organised a trip to the Highland clearance village of Boreraig in Skye. We paddled off from Torrin in full view of Bla Bheinn and paddled south to the village. After a lunch break, we decided to pitch up the tents and have an evening paddle instead of kayaking straight away. The reason was actually to avoid carrying the fully laden sea kayaks over the slippery rocks and seaweed.
As it turned out it was a wise move. As soon as we were settled down we could see the development of a thunderstorm on the other side of Loch Eishort. We would have been right there if we would have paddled after our lunch break. Instead we watched the lightning strikes on the other side of the Loch from a comfortable distance.
On the second day we paddled back out towards Torrin with a slight deviation. We even had 2 seals following us for a little wile.
Last weekend saw the first sea kayaking trip at Skye of the 2019 season. In the team were to girls from Denmark, who felt at home once in the kayak. Even though the waves were pretty choppy right after passing through the Skye bridge the coped really well. We concluded that it must be the Viking heritage.
We paddled from Kyleakin to Pabay and then after a very short lunch break, we crossed over to the Crowlin Islands. The crossing was a bit of a tough job but after 1 1/2 hours we were there and continued to Uags bothy. Straight away we were greeted by 3 lads from Glasgow. The evening was just as jolly with everyone sitting in front of the fire.
The next morning we kayaked east in really calm conditions to a salmon fish farm and then to Port Lunge. There we had a lunch break. After that we continued along the magnificent coast back to Kyleakin. We also made a wee stop to say hello to some seals.