Watching Thunderstorms

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.

First Sea Kayaking at Skye of 2019

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.

Sea kayaking near Kyle

Last Sea Kayaking Trip of the Season

October saw some pretty windy conditions, just to finish off a rather windy season. However, there was a weather window which we managed to use and the Saturday saw some really nice weather with a lot of seals. We paddled from Kyleakin up the coast to Plockton and then stopped for the night at Duncraig Cove. Before that we made a little visit at the Highland Farm to have a look at some Lamas and rather interesting looking goats.

The railway station at Duncraig offered us some great shelter from the elements while we cooked and had dinner. The following morning we had a very short paddle top Plockton to finish the day.

This blog is dedicated to Martin who suggested to have it updated more often.

Sea Kayaking Eilean Donan

Windy Week Sea Kayaking

This week was pretty windy with a constant South-Westerly wind around Skye. This meant that it was hard work paddling at times and that the areas we could go in 5 days was a bit limited. However, we managed to do quite a lot of good sea kayaking including a visit to Eilean Donan castle. We also encountered some friendly seals where we camped at the second night and saw some Otters too. One was just laving lunch when we spotted it.

sea kayaking seals

Wind, Rain and Seals

Last weekend was the first day of high winds and some force 4 winds in almost 2 months. Starting at Kyleakin we encountered quite a few common seals, who were sheltering from the southerly wind on some small islands near Kyle. We got pushed along a few km paddling north towards Plockton. However, we decided to stop a bit earlier at Port Lunge and then do the tourist thing and go for a coffee in Plockton.

The second day was a lot more enjoyable with less wind and we managed to paddle over to the Strome Islands and then along the coast to Plockton to finish the trip. Even though it was wet and windy, it was a fantastic trip with some wildlife.

Sea kayaking Portree

Raasay Rover

In late June we have done our first Raasay Rover trip of the year. We managed to circumnavigate the Island starting at Portree. On the first day we had to battle 1.5 metre swells coming in from the north. It was pretty hard going to cross from Portree to Raasay but we all made it in time to put up our tents and have a nice BBQ for dinner. The second day was really hard work. Even though we suppose to be sheltered by the island we managed to paddle into the wind pretty much all day. We had to finish a bit earlier and then have an easier paddle in the morning to get back to Portree.