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Old 12 June 2014, 13:28   #11
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For anyone thinking of going round Gigha in a small boat..do note that there are not many landing points on the exposed west side. High cliffs and rocks make landings impossible.





We did find one little bay..which I thought best to row into.. due to the rocks just under the surface. Notice how I give clear intentions to all ..even when rowing .. Im signalling to turn to starboard.. while I catch crabs on the port side.





My brother then snapped me ...while I was taking a snap shot of...





Gigha’s mill house and still working water wheel




Further along we came across the funnel of the wrecked Kartli.. a very poignant and sobering sight.





The Kartli was a huge 240 foot Russian fish factory ship. During a storm on December 18th 1991 her wheelhouse was smashed and her engine room and generator flooded by a giant wave off the south of Islay. Four of her crew were killed and 15 were seriously injured. With no power or steerage, she rolled helplessly at the mercy of the wind and seas. Five helicopters were involved in a dramatic and successful rescue of all her surviving crew. Her abandoned hulk drifted relentlessly downwind to her ultimate resting place on the rocks of Gigha where her plates were pounded asunder.

Even on a calm and sunny day, her rusting hulk remains as a reminder of the transient nature of man's dominion over the seas and of our fleeting existence on this earth.


We were now feeling the exertion of a long day on the water and began to long for the never ending rocky coastline to come to an end





Rounding the final point of Eilean Garbh...which is not really an Eilean ? We finally beached on the remote sandy shore, almost at the very northern tip of Gigha. The ferry bound for Islay passed in the distance as we...




set up home for the night. I was that exhausted.. I couldn’t summon up the energy to get my Tesco Value Tent pitched on the grass.. it stood where I fell.





Meanwhile Phil started cookup up our evening meal while the midges descended to make a meal of us.

However as we are seasoned adventurers... we know how to handle these miniature vampires. No midge or mosquito repellent ever seems to work on our west coast variety..but a head net does work.




The only problem being.... it is then hard for us to devour our dinners.

So we cracked open a bottle of soothing medication ... Jura Superstition Single Malt Whisky.. lit a fire .. and watched the sunset over the Island it was made in.



We swapped tales of old adventures together and planned forthcoming ones.. well into the night.. and never felt another midge bite.


I will return to tell about the morning after ... after the weekend.

Im going for another wild camp SIB trip tomorrow. Hope you guys have not fallen asleep with my prattle. Until I return.. have a great weekend of adventures yourself.
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I have not forgotten to add the last day of my Gigha circumnavigation ...and will do it soon.

I have been delayed with the great weather that the West of Scotland is enjoying at present. I have been making the most of it with wild camps on a circumnavigation of the beautiful island of Bute, followed by several days camping in Loch Etive. I am only home to refuel then Im heading out for Loch Nevis tomorrow.

All good adventures that I can add at a later date if there is an interest in these areas. Hope the weather is kind to you all and you too are making the most of it.

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Loch Etive Campsite



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