As promised here are a few of the photos I took yesterday. There was a thick mist around all day and as a result the photos are not great. This mist also cased problems when navigating as it reduced vis to circa 3-4 nm. Thus it was compass and chart work without visual references.
The area I was cruising in in located off the West Coast of Ireland (in and around the teddy bears arm if looking at a map of Ireland). The Bills rocks are located about 6nm south of Achill and is located in circa 50m of water. This is probably one of the most famous dive spots in Ireland. Unfortunately the photos did not come out but this is just an excuse to go again. I am told that they are called the bills rock because the old police force in Ireland used the rocks as target practice for cannon and shot (thus they were used by the Old Bill and became the Bills rocks.)
Next waypoint was Achill head a wild and unforgiving place. big tides and big seas with no place of safety if things go wrong.
The Black rock light house was the next waypoint again no photos. This lump of rock is located circa 6 NM NNW of Achill head and has plenty of rocks around it to the West and the south of the rock. It has the reputation for stranding more lighthouse keepers (back in the day) than any other lighthouse in Ireland (weather bound)
From there we made it to Inishkea South. This is one of two Islands which is separated by a narrow stretch f water (circa 100m wide). A whaling station was established on Rusheen Island (almost attached to Inishkea south) in 1908. During the Civil War in Ireland the two islands took opposing positions. Local lore would have it that the islanders lined up one either side of the channel and threw stones at each other.
In 1927 there was a mass drowning of 10 of the men on the islands. As this represented the majority of the working men ( rowing fishing and recovery of boats) life on the islands became unsustainable as the labour of the Islands was lost. The islands were abandoned in 1939.
A good link to better photos of the Iniskeas and a short note on its history.