THERE was always only going to be one intro image from the cracking wee trip to The Garvellachs in June - Andy McManus trying his luck over a rock with accompanying wave - he made it look easy and exciting, but later exclaimed... "I thought I was a gonner...!"
I'm on yer paddle mate!
Joining us, Me, Andy, Em, Lewis and Chris from the GKC on a wee trip out to The Garvellachs, from Easdale, were Pam and Alan Forsyth and Julia Darby from 'Doon the Waater' on the Cowal Peninsula, which meant for a brilliant day chatting to new folk and enjoying their company.
And, I had my all-new, all-singing, all-dancing Carbon Fibre Werner Cyprus paddle to keep me happy too.
A fairly early start from Easdale beach at the back of the main car park (and apparently someone's GARDEN, we were to find out on our return!)
Lewis gave us our pre-paddle pep talk before we aimed at our target on the horizon - Garbh Eileach via the twin islands of Dubh-fheith.
I was still suffering back pain from our epic blast from Arisaig to Mallaig earlier in the month so I was wary at first, but, anti inflams are ace!
Lewis and Pam
Lewis, Alan, Julia, Chris and Em
Lunch stop for the troops on Garbh Eileach - Frm lft: Lewis, Julia, Chris, Pam, Andy, Alan and Em
Luch stop on Garbh Eileach
Back to the boats and onward down the east coast of The Garvellachs
Andy checking the sturdiness of his Capella!!
Andy, Chris and Pam
Andy, Pam and Chris
The team hit Garbh Eileach with the small island of Dun Chonnuill to the left with remains of a castle on it.
Chris and Lewis pass in front of Dun Chonnuill
The first wee bit of excitiment - passing through the gap between Dubh-fheith
Lewis and Andy discuss the 'wave over the rock' incident...
Pam expresses her amazement that Andy lived to tell the tale of the 'wave over the rock' incident and Andy expresses his amazement at surviving the 'wave over the rock' incident!
Alan thinks better of having a go at any wave over any rock...
East coast of The Garvellachs with lighthouse at southern end of Eileach an Naoimh
Chris and Lewis
Andy and Chris take in the scenery
A flock of Cormorants watch the colourful boats float gently by
Lewis exiting an inlet
A happy group
Chris Bell and wave
Lewis waiting patiently
Lewis leaving our lunch stop
Pam coming into land at Eileach an Naoimh's inlet to the remains of one of the oldest monasteries in Scotland
Andy taking in the atmosphere of the monastery
Everyone homeward bound - into an F3 headwind so no photos from me - I was hanging onto my paddle thanks..!