I left early on Saturday. Despite the generally weak winds we'd had a great time with full days on the water in the sun, surrounded by hills and mountains in good company. Thanks to Bernard and Eddie for liaising with the campsites in the weeks before the rest of us arrived.
Canoe Cruise In The Inner Sound (Part 2) (SteveR)
Maatsuyker concludes his account of the expedition to the Inner Hebrides. (Read Part 1)
The local school master had suggested to us that if our trip was to take in the island of Raasay, then we would be well advised to land at Inver on the island's west coast. This small and rocky bay is apparently much in favour with Her Majesty the Queen, who used to enjoy visiting it from the royal yacht. As this was the week of the silver jubilee, it seemed appropriate to take up the schoolmaster's suggestion and point our boats across the Sound of Raasay towards Inver.
Our crossing of this stretch of water was accompanied by a school of around twenty dolphins that treated us to a magnificent display. Distinguishable from porpoises because of their long noses, they jumped ten at a time almost completely out of the water as they hunted their prey. As one group of ten dolphins landed with an impressive crash, another ten jumped into the air, and so the display continued for several minutes, moving closer and further away from us as the hunt continued.
On landing at Inver we found that it did indeed live up to its reputation as a place well worth visiting. A picturesque sandy beach is surrounded by rocky cliffs, which rise from the water in the manner of a cove. On spotting the potential to practice his rock climbing above the deep water of the bay, Maatsuyker was unable to resist the opportunity, and set off traversing the overhangs. The rest of the party looked on eagerly, in the hope of seeing him fall into the water. Maatsuyker stayed dry, but it was noted that he had taken the precaution of completing the climb in just a T-shirt and his swimming trunks.
The lunch stop over, and with Explorer extolling the delights of the burn he had just found to bathe in, the party set off up the west coast of Raasay. Thus began the afternoon and evening of the