"This trip offers wildlife, history, geology, coral beaches and a pub to finish" (Scottish sea Kayaking, Pesda Press)...What more could one want.
The wind today was coming in from the south east so it was an opportunity to visit the north west side of the island. I picked a trip straight out of the guide book. Dunvegan and the surrounding coastline also offered my dad plenty to do and see on land.
I Launched through the golden kelp near Dunvegan Castle with Macleods tables on the horizon. This place was a wildlife haven. The small islands within Loch Dunvegan were littered with seals and birdlife. I could have stayed here all day and enjoyed myself, but it was time to push off from the restraints of the shore and emerge myself in the world only a sea kayaker can enjoy.
Not wanting to disturb the young seals I kept my distance and packed my long telephoto lens to get some close up shots of the wildlife on offer...
History lesson complete it was time to get back on the water and make my way along the eastern flank of Loch Dunvegan in search of the coral beaches near it's end.
My dad had made his way up the coast also and had come to meet me here.
After a brief break with my dad I was back in the seat on my way again.
A short crossing from the end of the head is a cluster of small islands Isay, Mingay and Clett. The crystal clear waters shone with the white sand bellow.
If it wasn't spooky enough being out here alone on a remote island amongst the remains of a ruined abandoned village, strewn with the remains of dead animals, this house has a gruesome tale to tell. Standing within it's walls I read from the guide book....
"The main house was the scene of a gruesome Massacre in the 16th Century, when Roderick MacLeod owned it. He wished his grandson to inherit the island, but unfortunately there were two families with the first claim to the island. To solve this inheritance problem he invited them all to a big meal, and after eating called the potential inheritors of the island into his room for discussion. As each inheritor came for their discussion with MacLeod they were duly murdered until his grandson was left as the sole inheritor of the island" *Scottish Sea Kayaking by Doug Cooper & George Reid
Time to leave, looking back over my shoulder toward the ghostly remains of the house.
It was time to make the final crossing of my trip over to the picturesque village of Stein passing the small skerry of Sgeir Nam Biast on route.