Our fifth annual trip to Skye. We arrived late Sunday, today was Wednesday and my first day on the water. The forecast for the week had originally been awful but it seemed the bad weather had not pushed this far north. The wind, my main enemy, was blowing in from the south west but was not particularly all that strong, force 3-4 occasionally 5. There were a few big trips I really wanted to get done, so for my best chance of success I headed north to the very tip of Skye.
For now the wind would be on my back as I briefly leave the shore and head around the back of Staffin Island and onto the islands of Eilean Flodigarry and Sgeir na Eireann.
East side of Staffin Island left and the steep cliffs guarding the island of Eilean Flodigarry right of picture.
Wind in my sail my bow drove on through the slight following waters sending spray into my face. This was the first time I had really used the sail to its full advantage and it was fun. I glanced town at my gps, if I could keep this speed up this would be a very short trip.
Passing between the two islands I was joined in the water by some weary seals.
As I take my time to explore this section continues to keep giving with sea stacks, caves, tunnels and arches...
I push off from the pebble beach and round the corner and point my kayak north. The island of Eilean Trodday about 1.5km off the eastern tip looked temptingly inviting, but I didn't want to push my luck.
And what a beautiful place to finish. Conveniently it had almost tied up another trip I did from Uig on our first visit to Skye.
I bring my kit up to dry in the sun where we enjoyed wide views of the Minch. This time I could now pick out the Shiant Isles, a distant cluster of small islands that would act as an overnight stop should you wish to cross the Minch to the Outer Hebrides.
After years of bad weather I could relax with a pint and a good meal tonight after completing a trip that had been long overdue on the Skye bucket list, and it lived up to it's expectations. The good weather would not last however as the island regained its reputation as 'the mistly isle'.