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Old 06 September 2018, 15:09   #1
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The Magic of Skye

I have been very busy lately .. fulfilling a life long ambition of mine.

A complete circumnavigation of the Isle of Skye in a small inflatable boat.

I consider it an advanced SIBíers adventure and it required careful planning and research as the island is very exposed ... jutting into the Little Minch sea and exposed to the predominant south westerly winds that the area gets.

Most of the SW coast is continuous high cliffs with hardly any places to land. Rolling swells crash on the few landing places between the cliffs and tide rips ravage the never ending headlands. Not a place for a faint hearted SIBíer however the rewards are high to those that do venture there. It is considered by many to be the most scenic coastline in the UK.

The journey is approx 160 miles in length and it took myself and three other friends and a dog .. in SIBís three days to complete. It was in weather conditions that varied from excellent to moderate. I have recorded some absolutely stunning video footage of the journey. It will take a few days to sort through and make the video.

In the mean time ..here is a video I made of some of the preparation research. I met with some very good friends who are also members of this forum and they kindly took me through the Kylerea overfall. I wanted to know how difficult they could be in a small boat before attempting this section.

So while you await the final video of my adventure.. enjoy a few moments watching RIBís Miss Isle Imogen and Mr Jingles showing me the Sound of Sleet and the Kylerea narrows.

It was a great day out ..and the beer and banter flowed well into the night. Many thanks guyís n gals...hope the rest of your holiday went well too



I will post the complete SIB adventure here once I get it made

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Old 06 September 2018, 15:50   #2
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Another great movie Donny and enjoyed your company on the water as well as off with the beers and also your guided trip up on to Mount Anti Sachanach
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Old 06 September 2018, 17:08   #3
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Cheers Donny your running commentary knowledge and guidance are something we all look forward too. Here is to the next time we meet up my friend all the very best from us all
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Old 07 September 2018, 06:54   #4
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great vid donny & thanks to the guys help you to plan our trip although at that speed no time to blink.
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Thanks for looking in guys and Im sure the ""Magic of Skye" will not disappoint.

Jeff.. even the three days we had going round Skye .. now seems to have passed in the blink of an eye

Im delighted we did it though..as life can pass us by very quickly too ..so make the most of every day


Attached is part 1 of my last multi day adventure in the 2018 season. It was another fantastic trip and covers some of the most scenic coastline in the UK.

This episode covers why I wanted to go round Skye..and also the Route plan.

I don't just go adventuring on impulse.. these types of journeys in small boats require careful planning and consideration of wind and tide directions. I use them to help push the boat along where possible. Its always easier than fighting head long into wind and waves..but that is not unavoidable altogether .. as you will see in the Day Three episode.

I also have to research and plan campsites which are sheltered from wind and waves. Where the boats can be safely dried out on a shore by the falling tide.

The passage plan is often altered as I go. In fact..the original date for the start of this trip was Friday 31st August but it was postponed until the Monday 3rd September as it would have been suicidal going up the exposed SW NW area of the Island in Force 4-5 conditions.

A quick thanks to Fenlander for donating a better microphone to assist my dulcet tones in the video talk overs..this is the first time I have used it and its better than the one I had..I don’t sound as if Im mumbling up my sleeve so much (perhaps my opinion only though ).

Its also a first for me playing and recording the keyboards parts. I lost several U Tube videos recently when Eddie Vedder ..who allowed use of his songs on U Tube.. change his policy and no longer allows free use. U tube blocked those videos ..so I no longer want to rely on others who may change their policy at anytime. I intend playing their songs myself ..so hopefully that will future proof the videos. I was a keyboard player in a pub band..for several years..so can finger the ivories reasonably well.

Anyhoo..enough said.. Hope you find it of interest .. part two will be in a day or two as Im still very busy with other things in life.



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Aye agree sometimes you can be a grumpy got but that makes it all the more memorable Donny
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Gurnard - your videos are becoming legendary! Maps, animated route markers, your own music. Only a matter of time until they start showing them at Cannes!

150 miles is no mean feat, and the Little Minch demands respect in a sib or rib, so hat off to you.

Looking forward to part 2. Even got the popcorn!
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Glad that you guy's made it round Skye it's an achievement for sure especially in sibs.
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Old 08 September 2018, 09:06   #9
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Hi again guys..good to see some interest being shown in this adventure

Kerny..its jusy your funny accent that pronounces it Mount Sassenach ..its real name is Sgurr an-t Sasunnaich ..which may mean peak of the sausage ..but my Gaelic is not too hot either ..so I might be wrong too.

Neil ..looking forward to meeting you all again ... so make sure you come back soon..but this time bring Maximus..he was badly missed this year.

HH ..at least you know the rights of my wrongs and donít grump back .. I guess that's why I think of you as my long lost laddie.

Spartacus..the only Cannes I know are full of Extra cool stuff ..so Im delighted to think the adventures are cool

Anyhoo ..on with the show .. I managed to get part two completed today.. Its the boring part of Skye coast line.. but it gets better very soon ..I promise you that



Part three will be posted when its made.. the keyboard arrangements take a lot of time as I have to record each type of instrument separately before mixing to the final track.

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Old 08 September 2018, 10:09   #10
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The editing just eats up the hours.......but it's worth it.

Another couple of cracking videos, looking forward to number 3. Harlosh is my favourite bit of Skye despite getting cars stuck on the beach there twice and one of them was a Land Rover.
There's a couple of places that you guys with the SIBs will be able to get right in about so enjoy.
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