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Old 19 May 2016, 06:40   #11
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Once clear of the reefs and rock gardens off the southern end of Iona ..we came to beach after beach of beautiful white sands.

The good weather made it easy to forget how remote and desolate this coast line really is..but this creel boat was the first boat we had seen since we left the Ross of Mull .. four hours earlier. I never saw another until crossing the Sound of Iona again



It was now lunch time so we headed through the reefs to a hidden beach ..which not surprisingly..we had to ourselves.



As my kayak companions unloaded lunch ...



I clambered the rocks to get a birds eye view of the bay and its beautiful surroundings... hard to believe I was still in Scotland



After lunch we continued our journey by staying inshore ... to admire the close up views of sea..sand ..seaweed and rocks...



Sometimes I came to dead ends..my passage blocked by sand bars.. so I backtracked and found another route.. not that I cared ..I was in paradise.



At the north end of Iona..we headed for a small island called Eilean Andraidh ..which has another beautiful sandbar.



This island was made famous by one of the Scottish Colourist artists... Samuel Peploe. He often painted here.. and in the 70ís ..many homes hung prints of his paintings..beside the three flying duck.. hung above the mantelpiece.



I recognized the views instantly



And wished I had brought my box of paints..as well as my camera ..



To be continued...
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Your photos are just GORGEOUS Gurnard.
Who would need to holiday anywhere else?
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Old 19 May 2016, 10:15   #13
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Yep the images are getting ever more stunning. It does help that Scotland always photographs well... if you snatch the images in that hour of sunshine!

The major success though is the Frib just getting you that bit further with confidence than the old SIB... travelling light and slow/fast as required.
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its not often that I'm jealous of another person but fuck me being lucky enough to be comfortably retired with all this virtually on your doorstep a boat and an understanding wife gurnard you are a very fortunate man . I have the understanding other half but a business that demands my time and a 6+hour drive to the delights of the western Scottish coastline .oh well ill just dream of my weeks vacation up at clachtol bay and hope the weather plays ball
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I but what the camera doesent show is the MIDGE,S!! lol
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I but what the camera doesent show is the MIDGE,S!! lol
No such animal its all a myth to keep visitors away so we have the place to ourselves........selfish barstewards we are
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>>>all this virtually on your doorstep a boat and an understanding wife


That'll have Gurnard rolling about!


>>>what the camera doesent show is the MIDGE,S

Funny thing last year we only saw a handful during the whole holiday... gave them a nod of respect and they flew on by.... as Jambo says a much overstated problem.
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No such animal its all a myth to keep visitors away so we have the place to ourselves........selfish barstewards we are
it maybe a myth to keep us away, but Avon "Skin So Soft" is very handy, just in case the odd one sneaks out for some fresh southern softie meat
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it maybe a myth to keep us away, but Avon "Skin So Soft" is very handy, just in case the odd one sneaks out for some fresh southern softie meat
Yep use it all the time Chris
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Thank you !
Amazing view.
You are very lucky in UK having such fantastic places around the corner.

I have to go to Greece to see such Sea color.
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