Thanks again guys..and I enjoy writing about my adventures.. no one listens to me at home.
Normally.. I post one update per day..but as I intend heading off again tomorrow.. I wanted to finish this tale today.
Once through the narrows.. there is another campsite. Its mostly for tents and the shore access for boats is not a slipway.. but I do see small ones getting launched there at times. I have never stayed at this campsite..but I normally see lots of folks there.
Fishing in the narrows can be good..for them small silver and very tasty fish ... that I wont mention.
The loch then open into the upper basin. The reason there is a fast flow in the narrows is all the water in this part is trying to rush though the small gap
Looking back..gives some idea of the distance travelled. My journey started at that distant mountain .. way beyond the gap.
It clouded over as I approached Kinlochleven..which is the end of the loch. A river then continues into the village..but it is shallow and full of snags.. so not a place for a SIB. The mighty Mamore mountains look magnificent as they surround Kinlochleven.
Kinlochleven was once a very busy industrial town due to its aluminium smelter which employed around 700 people who lived in the town. It closed in 1996 and now Kinlochleven is a sleepy wee tourist town now. The old pier where the ships came to load and unload the ore and aluminium stands silent. Im certain large congers live in the deep depths beside the pier..but Im too scared to target them..last thing I want is a 3m conger flapping around in my 2.7m boat. I get a lot of mackerel here in the season..oh..and some more silvery things I can’t tell about.
I was feeling a little cold after sitting in the SIB all morning and early afternoon ..so I landed..had a bite to eat..then lay down on a huge granite slab. The sun had warmed it slightly..so it felt like a warm night storage heater. Any tourists that may have observed me..would think I was some strange reptile..heating myself in the sun.
Feeling warmer again..I headed back to the start of my journey and played with my fishing rod. I never caught a thing..but I wasn’t too interested either...it was now 4pm and I wanted to go see another famous MacDonald.
I landed and packed the boat into the car and headed for Fort William. I stopped at MacDonald’s and had a burger while I plugged the IPAD into their free wifi. I wanted to check the weather for the next day. The forecast was for wall to wall sunshine and light winds.
I parked up the car and had a good nights kip .. dreaming of a special end to this adventure.
I will tell about that in the final post to this tale ..coming soon.