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Old 02 June 2014, 10:38   #21
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The Gurnard - That looks amazing!

I had to re-read this to double check that its in the UK! Defiantly one on the list to visit!

WOW!!! http://s30.postimg.org/4omivyyw1/sunset_2.jpg
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Old 02 June 2014, 13:27   #22
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Perhaps it was the deafening silence in the still of the night, broken only by the weird wail of distant seals, or the quiet thump of the vampire rabbits as they bounced outside the thin walls of my Tesco tent ...but I confess ... I had a restless sleep.

I had visions of orcs and goblins dropping boulders on my passing boat, from the cliffs surrounding the narrow north channel that leads to the very heart of Moidart itself. My imagination can sometimes work overtime when alone in the middle of nowhere.

I got up at first light and was relieved to see my SIB had not been torn to shreds by the evils of darkness. It was high and dry on the sand.. as planned ...waiting for the tide to re float her.



Looking to the north, over a mirror flat sea, the pastel pink sky still hung over the Cuillin of Skye.



While paradise was invaded.. not by vampire rabbits.. but the dreaded blood sucking midges. I quickly dismantled my tent, had a rushed breakfast, loaded the boat and was back on the water as soon as the incoming tide allowed.

I knew the north passage could be risky at this time of the tide... so used my auxiliary engine instead of the main engine. It is always good to make sure it is working and I certainly couldnít plane through the north channel. It is only passable during the last hour or so of high tide. Lurking rocks will soon eat the bottom out an unwary boatmanís vessel..and that I knew was not my imagination.



Soon the entrance to the channel loomed in front of me ...



The channel starts to narrow ...



And my fish finder reads two foot of water under the transducer.. but I can see rocks only six inches under the prop.



A glance to starboard.. or should that be the right hand side..I saw the first signs of human habitation since I left Loch Ailort. It is the old school house on the Island of Eilean Shona which forms the south side of the north channel... while mainland Moidart forms the north side.. if that makes sense ?



I breathed a sigh of relief as the fishfinder suddenly showed 60 feet of water and I no longer saw rocks beside my rotating prop. The channel started to widen again.



But I knew my relief would be short lived. The passage narrows again and the water was two foot deep at the ford. This is where the main road..in fact..the only road .. on Eilean Shona.. crosses from the mainland. Of course you can only drive across at mid to low tide.



Once across this last obstacle .. I could then relax and enjoy the scenery of Loch Moidart itself.



My next part of the adventure will tell of Castles in the air and singing sands.. so do come back for that.


Thanks for looking in Lockirboi, beerbelly, gennaro, and SteveHall. Its appreciated.

A1an ...yup..Im guilty as charged. I passed on Friday evening. You had the advantage of seeing the SIB. .I guess I didnít notice you.. but will look out the next time I pass there.
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truly awesome pics .this is what i found last time was wild camping/fishing
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I wish I was there with you now Gurnard wild camping a few drams and beers, fire going.. ah well work tomorrow for me Is the school house now empty or occupied it looks a lovely building.

Looking forward to the next report,

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Stunning mirrored photos there
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Gunard what camera are you using?
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I wish I was there with you now Gurnard wild camping a few drams and beers, fire going.. ah well work tomorrow for me Is the school house now empty or occupied it looks a lovely building.

Looking forward to the next report,

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i too am enjoying this, its like bedtime reading
somehow steve i dont see peel being this picturesque!
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i too am enjoying this, its like bedtime reading
somehow steve i dont see peel being this picturesque!
Last time I was there mate it wasn't
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will look even worse with my skipper there
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