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Old 31 May 2016, 15:24   #1
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Over the Sea to Skye ...

Sing me a song of a lad that is gone,
Say, could that lad be I?
Merry of soul he sailed on a day
Over the sea to Skye.

Give me again all that was there,
Give me the sun that shone!
Give me the eyes, give me the soul,
Give me the lad that's gone!



There is something magical about the Island of Skye. You feel it as soon as you cross the bridge..which long ago.. replaced the ferry I used to use.. when I first visited the island .. well over forty years ago.



The people and culture have unquestionably changed from those days .. some things for the better and some things for the worse.

But the landscape is still very much the same ..with rugged mountains reaching for the sky...



And tumbling waterfalls dropping for the sea..



Where strange rock formations pierce the horizon..



And massive stacks grow from watery seas



Where sunrises can turn a brooding sky blood red... and the dark land black



And subtle summer sunsets sink slowly behind mountainous scenery.



It is an island that I once called home .. and last week it was calling me back. There was a settled weather window over the area.. and assisted by The Guppy... my small F-Rib boat .. I had another adventure in mind.



In two days I covered almost 150 miles exploring the smaller islands off Skye’s east coast. The 6HP outboard used around 20 litres for this amazing journey .. yup..that is no mis print or exaggeration .. cost £25... I love that setup.

This map shows my route. At first glance..it may look like I was on a drunken stagger ..but there was a reason for all the intertwined and crossing GPS tracks.



To find out why.. (I wasn't looking for Willk) ...do return for another look... too be continued
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Old 31 May 2016, 16:33   #2
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To find out why.. (I wasn't looking for Willk) ...do return for another look... too be continued
"They seek him here, they seek him there
Those Frenchies seek him everywhere
Is he in heaven or is he in hell?
That demned elusive Pimpernel "

Nice pics BTW - keep it coming.

I probably shoulda mentioned that the Factor on Rona isn't best fond of kayakers on account of how they "wouldn't spend Christmas"...

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I was fishing the Port Napier on Sunday Gurnard, I was keeping an eye out incase you appeared round a headland somewhere...

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That could explain why I though him a funny bugger Willk (He obviously though I was one too)

When I landed .. He made a snide comment about coming to Rona in such a small boat..and how dangerous it was. I told him that monks of old visited places like the Garvellaches in tiny coracles .. following their belief in their ability to cross the seas.

He drew me another funny look and said some probably died trying. So ...I told him that I was dying anyway ..and so was he..whether he liked it or not.

I didn’t pay him landing dues for his lip ..but untied the guppy..and sat in her eating my sandwiches. So I thought it best not to ask him about sassages.

I should have known..he came from Dingwall ..(ayrshire before that) and was in my mates class at school lol..he aint no landowner...just a common punter like you or I

Aww.. almost met again Alan..Sat afternoon below..I was heading for home on Sunday

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That could explain why I though him a funny bugger Willk (He obviously though I was one too)

When I landed .. He made a snide comment about coming to Rona in such a small boat..and how dangerous it was...
There you go - he suspected me of being a Rozzer in me nice grey reflective threads. I tend to give folk a bit of slack at the beginning until I know what they're really like (that takes a while in my experience). After a bit of circling and growling we got on famously. We even got a wee bit o' tea and local delicacies up at the House...
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Thats what you get for paying his Xmas Willk

I only got the sassage bones .. but I cant complain..they didn’t cost me a penny..although I guess they cost the whale its life.

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Thats what you get for paying his Xmas Willk
I have no idea what you mean? I didn't "pay" him anything other than common courtesy...
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I was referring to the landing dues Willk...I presume you paid them ?

I guessed he doesn’t like kayakers as they know they can land and camp anywhere in Scotland they want..assuming they follow the access code..He cant stop them landing and camping of Rona without paying .. and if he thinks they should pay..he is breaking the access code.

But perhaps that not what you were meaning about his best fondness for kayakers as they “wont spend xmas. “ ?

I was very pleasant with him too..thats how we swapped conversation about folks we knew..I was born in Dingwall too. I did offer a landing fee..but he said only if I was intending staying on the island for a while.

I left as I wanted to get back to safer waters before the wind rose..he had other things on his mind too..as he was waiting the boat coming from the mainland. I do think he was a bit of a jobs worth.. but as you say.. you cant really judge on short conversations...so I could be wrong

Hope that clears any confusion ?
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Oh aye. We paid our landing dues "in kind" rather than cash as we had an abundance of what he needed at that particular moment.

Tap water is free in a pub. Doesn't mean you can sit by the fireside and drink it all day...

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quote... Tap water is free in a pub. Doesn't mean you can sit by the fireside and drink it all day...


Wild camping in Scotland is free ..as is the right to roam the countryside ..as long as the access code is followed. I wasn't following the access code though..as I was standing on his landing stage. I did land round the corner a bit.. in another bay .. where I know I dont need to spend a penny..and was rewarded by my find of the whale bones.

Rona is a very special place. and well worth the visit
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