Arches. And the odd cave.

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Arches. And the odd cave.

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I love arches. And caves. Indeed, anywhere where I can poke my bows into the sort of places few people get to. Some are peaceful, elegant places, perfect for quiet contemplation. Some are intimidating. Places where I get to sense the forces that have shaped, and continue to shape the coastal environment I have always been drawn to, even though the weather and sea may be perfectly still whilst I am there. Whatever I feel I can rarely paddle past without stopping to explore, except on the odd occasion when I think the risk of disturbing wildlife is too great.

Some areas seem to be particularly well endowed with such places, presumably a combination of geology, weather and sea conditions. This cave is near Whiten Head in Sutherland; perhaps in the intimidating category (at least to me) given the scale of the surrounding cliffs.
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Heading into the marginally more sheltered waters at the mouth of Loch Eriboll, there seem to be a never ending succession of fantastic features…….
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…….steadily getting smaller and more intimate as you head south. I wonder if this waterfall drops straight into the water at high tide? I must go back and find out some time.
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Not far away, Eilean nan Ron has all sorts of interesting places to explore.
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One arch leads through into a large amphitheatre, enclosed by rock walls on three sides and a jumble of fallen boulders on the fourth. There’s a little cave in one wall. It looks like it would be possible to scramble through into the adjacent bay although I haven’t tried. Another intimidating one for me.
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Not far away again, one of the Rabbit Islands has an arch right through the middle. I don’t know if you can get through this one. It looked a bit skinny for my Feathercraft. There was a bit of swell coming through and I didn’t fancy getting wedged in there!
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This one, in the Summer Isles, definitely comes into the elegant category.
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This one on Bottle Island looked interesting but I certainly wasn’t getting in there. Still, the colours in the rocks were rather gorgeous.
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Skye seems to have far more than its fair share, but then Skye has more than its fair share of everything! This is on the east coast near Staffin.
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As is this fine cave. It’s actually quite long with other passages running at right angles back out to sea.
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The light at the end of the tunnel perhaps? This one went on for ever. My bottle went long before I reached the end. I could hear waves crashing on rocks somewhere deep within the cliffs.
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The west coast simply has loads. This one is marked on the map in Loch Bracadale.
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This one is not far away on the Duirinish coast.
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As is this one.
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And this cave.
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Loch Dunvegan has a couple. This lovely one marked on the map…..
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…..and this one is not, although perhaps it is not quite within the confines of the loch.
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This was one of those places I just had to land. Arch or collapsed cave, or a bit of both? The only way off the beach with its tiny waterfall was back out to sea.
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Some can be reached on foot, such as here on Oronsay.
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Or here on the west coast of Rum.
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Or at Carsaig on Mull.
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Back on the mainland at St Abbs. I could just squeeze through here. I don’t mind a few scuffs on my boat.
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Wales has plenty. Everyone knows where this one is don’t they? One for my intimidating list. That’s a lot of rock to hang above my head.
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Not far away near Rhoscolyn Head we found this beautiful cave. I could have just floated about in here for hours.
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Even England gets in on the act. I suspect the west country has rather a lot but I’ve never paddled there ..…..This little needle eye is on the east coast at Flamborough.
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Whilst this altogether more spectacular affair, complete with gannet colony, is just to the north at Bempton cliffs.
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These are just a few of the wonderful places my little boat has taken me. There must be hundreds, if not thousands more, round the British Isles. Anyone like to share some more?

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Certainly are wonderful places thanks
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Some great pics there. Being a newbie, caves are something i've yet to experience, but it looks like i might start with an arch or two, perhaps Bempton, near Flamborough, this Sunday!
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Great Pictures Andrea,

Here is my favourite cave- Wife Geo in the far North near Duncansby Head.

First you go in..

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Then you go right, throu this open chamber..

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Then you go back out to sea via this tunnel.. Its amazing

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Great pictures
... and you really will have to visit Orkney and Shetland where you'll find many more caves and arches
(some pictures on http://www.oska.org.uk/plogger/)
a great place for troglodytes!

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Thaks for these lovely and atmospheric pictures

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An amazing collection Andrea!

I have one or two more arches here. Keep pressing "older posts" at the page bottom as it goes on for quite a few pages.

Like you, I love arches!

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I think I reversed in there once because one of the slabs was a good level to wriggle out of my boat, stand up keeping one foot in the cockpit and take a pee. :-)

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Some great contributions, Andrea - I remember being particularly impressed by those north coast caves.

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This impressive triple arch near Aberdour on Scotland's east coast gave good shelter from the rain on a day when downdraughts from the cliffs nearly removed my paddle.
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Thanks for sharing your pee with us Jim! :-)

Wife Geo looks pretty spectacular Tony. I really must get round to visiting that corner of Scotland. And Orkney and Shetland, thank you Peter, although I might need to improve my paddling skills a bit yet.

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Going into caves on my first ever kayaking trip with Jersey Kayak Adventures was a real inspiration to continue with this sport.

Fantastic set of pictures, Andrea.
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Some great photos, and some I recognise! I love caves I do.

Here are some others:

This one between Stonehaven and Caterline:
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Leads to a great big amphitheatre
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Just North of there
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North again, this one looks like a dead end
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but in fact
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goes right through
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and this one has a waterfall which you can paddle right behind
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Further on there's another
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Which was being illuminated
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And led right through
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West of Sandend is another lovely arch
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which must be the one I've been through most often!
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North of Cruden Bay, this one is very green:
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But my favorite is this one, on Harris.
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Great pics thank you Tom. That last one in particular looks like my sort of place.

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Another favourite cave from the wilderness coast on Mull- with Douglas and David.

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I felt a desperate need to return this thread to the top of the page.

Best English arch?

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more cavey goodness:

Greece:

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Alaska (floating cave in a freshwater iceberg!):

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And one of Simon Osborne in good ol' Cornwall:

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Brad, what kind of boats are those in your "floating cave"?

Great pics.

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This is one we paddle past regularly up here on the Yorkshire coast - Staple Nook (Staple Newk)

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Also notice the huge rock slide in the last couple of photos, I was actually out on the water that day but fortunately quite a distance away, the enfollowing dust cloud was huge, towering over the cliffs, how many nesting sea birds died is anyones guess.

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Ken, is that NW of North landing, Flamborough?
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maryinoxford wrote:Brad, what kind of boats are those in your "floating cave"?

Great pics.

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OK a few from Orkney

The Gloup (Deerness)
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East Mainland
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Roseness
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Tankerness
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West Mainland
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South Ronaldsay
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Let's get this wonderful thread back near the top:

Oman, on a 40 degree celsius day when we were glad of the shade

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Some fantastic pics there, thank you all. Very inspiring.

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Mark R wrote:Some great contributions, Andrea - I remember being particularly impressed by those north coast caves.

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This impressive triple arch near Aberdour on Scotland's east coast gave good shelter from the rain on a day when downdraughts from the cliffs nearly removed my paddle.
Is that Aberdour, Fife on the Forth ?

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My memory could certainly be wrong, but I *think* it's here...
http://www.streetmap.co.uk/idld.srf?x=3 ... 65536&lm=0

Blinding section of coast.
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Mark R wrote:My memory could certainly be wrong, but I *think* it's here...
http://www.streetmap.co.uk/idld.srf?x=3 ... 65536&lm=0

Blinding section of coast.
Thanks, it's NE coast, different Aberdour to the one I know in Fife. Both Aberdours have good rock climbing hence me knowing them.

Coast up there is pretty cool.

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Emerald caves on Sand Island, USA

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On Friday last, the green roof (lichen?) of the caves reflected in the water to produce this effect on Sand Island, the Apostles group, Lake Superior, Minnesota, USA. Photo taken by my son, Christopher, on our three day camping trip on this inland sea. The water is gin clear. The geology of this area is complex and fascinating. I am currently attempting, and failing, to digest a highly detailed text book on the subject.
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