Loch Sunart and Arisaig

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mduncombe
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Loch Sunart and Arisaig

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Just got back from two amazing weeks in Scotland. The first staying on the island of Carna in Loch Sunart and the Second staying in a cottage overlooking Camusdarach Beach. Two very different but stunning locations.

First of all a big thanks to Douglas for his recommendations and advice

Day 1 and we decided to head to the top of Carna to get our bearings.

Looking west towards Oronsay

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south towards Loch Teacuis

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right, time to leg it back down and get out on the kayaks, a quick trip around Carna.

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time for lunch

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Day 2 started with a bit of rain and wind, back up on top of Carna my anemometer was showing the wind gusting F8. Time to get back down and light the wood burner. Later in the day the wind died down and we got out again, staying close to the cottage.

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Louis, one of our dogs was keen to come for a short paddle

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Day 3 Off to explore Loch Teacuis

drifting with the tide on the way in

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time for lunch

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as the locals were enjoying the sun

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heading for home

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Day 4 and we thought we would try the dogs on the kayaks with a short paddle across to a large empty field we could see on the far shore opposite the cottage. Certainly gives your balance a good test with a dog shifting from side to side on the back of the kayaks.

Louis

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Harvey

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Day 5 time for a longer trip. from the northern tip of Carna across to the mainland at Glenborrodale, along the northern shore of Risga, crossing to the north eastern tip of Oronsay, coming into Loch na Droma Buidhe from the west and back to Carna via Eilean nan Eildean.

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Crossing from Risga to Oronsay

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Lunch stop on Oronsay

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Looking for shortcuts at the north western end of Oronsay

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Just before turning onto the exposed western end of Orosay, where things got a little bumpy the closer we got to the western entrance of Loch na Droma Buidhe

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and it was a relief to find a sheltered little bay just inside the entrance to the Loch

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we arrived at the tidal channel at the eastern side of the Loch an hour before high tide to cruised through

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we then drifted with the tide to round the southern end of Carna escorted by the local seal population who did a fine job of avoiding having their pictures taken!

the final day of Carna we walked over to the far side of the island, walking through woodlands with a blanket of bluebells.

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Arisaig to follow...

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OK, now onto Arisaig. Only two paddles this week, the wind picked up from time to time and we wanted to get some hill walking in anyway.

As our cottage over looked the beach we launched from the beach and headed south towards Arisaig using the skerries for protection from the stiff breeze

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stopping for lunch

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by the time we got back to the beach the wind had picked up and the tide gone out, forcing us further out and without the protection from the wind of the skerries. Turning the final headland towards the beach was very bumpy indeed with the wind firing waves at the sides of kayaks like a machine gun, waves breaking over the deck and into the cockpit, fortunately our Kaskazi Marlins were completely at ease in the conditions and got us to the beach without any drama.

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the final paddle of our stay was on Loch Ailort

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Lots of fantastic sunsets

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Eigg and Rum always getting in the photo's

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We saw you getting on the corran ferry when we were heading out, looks like you had a good time and some good weather. The Corran Inn is recommended for lunch, decent food and you can watch the world go by.

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Some great photos there. I especially enjoyed the moody sunset ones. Loch Sunart looks like an idyllic spot - I'll add it to the wish list.

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Mark, I am really glad you had such a good time. You have some great photos there.

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I very much like this one.

Douglas :o)

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Great stuff Mark!

You;ve captured both areas superbly :o)


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Some really nice photos there of two lovely areas. Thank you.

Andrea Collins

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