by Jeremy Hastings

TRIP REPORT: LOCH INDAAL, ISLAY

 

 

 

DATE(S) OF TRIP:30 October 2004


WHERE?: Loch Indaal, Islay


PUT-INS/ LAUNCH SPOTS: Port Charlotte or Bruichladdich.


DISTANCE/ TIME: 13Kms - 3-4 Hours


LOCAL TIDES: Tides are strange on Islay and no tables available - the highest range is 3m on a spring - which this was. Makes exits difficult on a rising tide save for certain beaches - i.e. Port Mor and Wester Ellister.


HAZARDS/ PROBLEMS?: See above


ROUTE TAKEN: Headed south west along coast the return across the Loch to Laggan Point - great for divers and sea birds


EVENTS/ OBSERVATIONS: Common and Grey Seals, Otters, numerous sea duck and sea birds - also can see superb views of rugged coastline - possiblilities of Chough, Buzzards, Peregrine and Hen Harriers.


OTHER NOTES: Mobiles do work - better for Vodaphone. Can be difficult in windy conditions for escape reasons and open to Atlantic swells!


CONTRIBUTED BY: Jeremy Hastings, Islay Canoe Club. Jeremy runs Islay Birding and offers birdwatching and bushcraft courses on Islay.