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Old 09 August 2016, 12:42   #1
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A dump and an amazing Skye Cave

Although the weather in Scotland has been a bit changeable for the last month.. Im still living the “good life” wandering round the Scottish countryside ..sleeping in the car and boating when I can.

The F Rib has been ideal for my summer setup as it travels nicely in the car .. with all its accessories in the roof box. At night..its left outside so I have room to sleep on a bunk in the back.

This is a typical camp spot..I just pull over in a quiet area.. and because I leave no trace of my over night stays..no one bothers with me.



Its because of being “lost in the wilderness”..that I have not posted many adventures lately.. internet is non existent in these situations . It is a gypsy life..but I don’t have a worry or care in the world..and never bored. I head home every now and again to wash and clean .. cut grass and tidy garden .. repair things ..then head off again.

Im home today.. and have a little time .. so here is a quick preview of a day in my life .. from last week.

I was exploring the south west coastline of Skye .. from the Point of Sleet ..to the point on the Elgol peninsula.. following the coasts of Loch Eishort and Loch Slapin. A very scenic and remote area .. even in August when Skye is bursting with tourists.

I launched the Guppy at Ord village..there is a small slipway there too. I have been using the wee Mariner 3.3Hp to power the F Rib..as it fits in the roofbox and keeps the smell of petrol out my sleeping compartment.



This part of the coastline..especially on the Elgol peninsula has a solid line of cliffs that drop into the sea..not the highest cliffs on Skye as they are only a hundred feet or so in height..but they still form an almost impenetrable barrier for shore access..which is why the area is so remote. The cliffs are fractured by many vertical gullies and peppered with dark cave openings.



I saw several sea eagles soaring in gully updrafts .. folding wings and diving for fish in the sea ..which at times.. boiled with mackerel.



At peace with nature ..I was enjoying my day..when the call of nature called on me..so I landed on a small rocky shore to relieve myself. I saw there was a cave opening near by.



Once I had dumped my load ..I thought I would have a look in the cave. Nothing unusual ..except it was a bit more colour about its walls than most.



I don’t know why..but I got the urge to enter it and have a closer look. A tunnel lead off the back of the cave.. I saw a bone at the entrance ..and hoped it wasn’t left by a meat eater living inside the burrow.



Curiosity got the better of me so I did a worm squirm down the tunnel.. the light from my smart ass phone illuminating the way.

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Old 09 August 2016, 12:43   #2
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I almost had a heart attack..and was extremely relieved that I had not long relieved myself ..as there might have been a terrible mess..but a bird suddenly flew past my head as I squirmed my way down the tunnel .. scared by me.. it was heading for the light outside the cave.

The tunnel opened into a smallish cavern..around ten feet high. I was amazed to see what looked like some strange alien form..glistening wet and slippery looking ..sitting in the corner.



On closer inspection it had a kind of scale skin..wet..but certainly not slippery or slimy.. it felt like cold sandpaper.



I shone the smartass phone beam around and saw it was on the roof as well as the walls.



If fact.. Turning back .. I saw it was dripping everywhere.. turns out it is calcium carbonate being washed from the cliffs above the cave..and thousands of years later..turning into this strange rock formation.



Im glad I went into the cave and saw it all with my own eyes ..so perhaps I should stop and explore sea caves more often.

I did feel a bit dirty afterwards ..as there was a fair bit of bird poo around too.. so I stripped off and had a power shower under the next waterfall that I passed.



Wow ..it was cold ..and almost painfull..getting that height of water hitting my head.. but very invigorating and I felt great once the warm sun dried me off.

Yup..its a hard life living in the wilds during the summer... but I will miss it when winter comes round again
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Old 09 August 2016, 15:24   #3
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Wow, that's awesome.
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Great photo's & read
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keep um coming gurnard great pics surprising what a dump can lead to
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Awesome report thanks Gurnard ....Your posts are never crap 😉.....looking forward to you dumping many more thanks . 👍
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Awesome report thanks Gurnard ....Your posts are never crap ��.....looking forward to you dumping many more thanks . ��
Yeah - his posts have evolved from Poetry to Throw-it-ry. Thank God he spares us the photos: "Nice specimen brown trout steaming on the shore of Loch Loo-mond"

To be fair, his crap has a big following - he's damn nearly a Movement.

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Yeah - his posts have evolved from Poetry to Throw-it-ry. Thank God he spares us the photos: "Nice specimen brown trout steaming on the shore of Loch Loo-mond"

To be fair, his crap has a big following - he's damn nearly a Movement.


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As I sit in my office bored, wishing I was boating your escapes help me through Gurnard!

Thanks for showing us all the world!
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>>>Nice specimen brown trout steaming on the shore of Loch Loo-mond

Hmm.. so yesterday evening we were drifting about an idyllic area at the top of the loch landing on the tiny islands and excited to see "evidence" of otters... now I'm worried.. perhaps it wasn't otters but...!
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