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Saturday, 13 June 2009

Time to Mull it over June 05 - 07

This was an ambitious trip for a week end. Two nights on the Ross of Mull including the circumnavigation of Iona.

The double sea kayak that Kath and h have ordered had not arrived in time so we took three singles instead. Despite the seemingly ever constant wind these days we were not dissappointed.

We caught the evening ferry from Oban. The weather was cold and windy.

Once on Mull we had a thirty seven mile drive on single track roads before arriving at the camp site some time after midnight.

When dawn broke the view from the tent was just stunning. Kath, the team photographer was in her element.

It was too windy to paddle around Iona so we did the tourist bit first by paddling up the coast to Fionnphort.

This is where the ferry leaves to take the tourists across The Sound of Iona.

The wind was blowing force 4 -5 but we managed to rock hop our way along the coast before heading across the Sound to Iona arriving just after the ferry.

We then changed into normal clothes and had a look around.

The Abbey is full of history and well worth the visit.

The wind picked up again and we had an interesting trip surfing back to the camp site.

Once back at base the rain came down for three hours, after that both the wind and the rain ceased and everything was calm.

So we decided to go for a paddle around the south tip of Iona and try and catch a sunset.

We set out about 8.15pm. There is a mark about mid channel so we used this as a reference point for the outward and inward trip.

It was still not dark when we arrived at Iona and I managed some sort of sunset picture.

Kath managed to get lost looking for a good spot to take pictured which was an interesting few minutes.

We arrived back just after midnight.

Sunday we headed for Tinkers Hole.

This is a popular anchorage for yachts and we saw two during our short trip.

It is also the setting for the book Kidknapped by Robert Louis Stephenson.

I tried a bit of fishing but as usual caught nothing.

After that we headed back home via Duart Castle. An excellent trip and we will be definately going back.


eurion said...

Photos look great, Looks like a stunning trip.

James Murray said...

It was, we will be going back shortly.
We have unfinished business there.