ARISAIG and Skerries, two words, for me, that conjure up visions of white sandy beaches, sparkling aqua marine seas, blue skies, warm air, peace and quiet, inquisitive seals and the odd otter and friendly people.. unless it's the winter and blawin' a force 8 gale!..
But, it isn't the winter and it certainly wasn't 'blawin' a force 8 gale when I had another wee jaunt round the many small islands or skerries that lie just outside the friendly Lochaber village of Arisaig.
I wish there had just been one set of footprints, but the image says it all otherwise, with the white sand, sparkling blue sea and tranquility of being alone at the time.
The beach at the pier on the Rhu Road makes for easy access to Loch nan Ceall if you don't want to set off from Arisaig village itself.
And the pontoon for boats makes for a great podium for cameras for self portraits..
Many times on my way over to the Skerries I just stopped and drifted to watch the world and his boat also drift by on a calm day. Eigg and Rum in the distance beckon this yacht and her crew.
Terns fly in the warm air
Fish jump for food as I drift through their feeding ground
Common Seals bask in the sunshine wondering what the funny man in the yellow tube was going to do next
So they came to greet me
Luncheon stop on one of the many skerries with Arisaig in the distance a hub of activity compared to out here
It's MY bit!!.. er, til the tide comes in and takes it back
Back to one of my favourite beaches in the area - Port nam Murrach on the Rhu Peninsula. It can be walked to - 20 mins half an hour from the Rhu road end BTW! (but, don't tell everyone).
The sun starts to head west to set over Eigg and Rum with two more Kayakers heading for dry land for the night
Port nam Murrach Beaches
Eigg and Rum
I'm just here for the Craic...(I'll get my coat).
Sunset over Eigg and Rum
Sunset over Eigg and Rum
Sunset with the Cuillin in the far distance on Skye
Sunday morning brought calm conditions as I was sheltered from an easterly breeze by the mainland hills for once (it's usually a south westerly blowing behind or a northerly blowing in your face...)
It's only Wrack and Roll but we like it (did you see what I did there?)
More sunny ventures through the Skerries before home
Forgot to mention at Port nam Murrach beach you will always bump into fellow Kayakers.. Andy and Cathy and a bigger group all spent the night.
And Cathy and I have a mutual friend.. which was nice. Fellow Glasgow Kayak Club member big Eric.
The others prepare to leave the beach, with a wave from Andy
Home from home
Andy and Cathy leave, as I was about to do shortly for another skoot round the Skerries...