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The plan was to paddle a clockwise circle down the coast and return via Eigg.


Day 1 - To Camas Leathann
Day 2 - To Loch Ailort
Day 3 - Exploring Loch Ailort and to Glenuig
Day 4 - To the Ardnamurchan
Day 5 - Heading back
Day 6 - To the Skerries
Day 7 - Exploring Morar Bay

Day 1 - To Camas Leathann

GPS track on: Open Maps

Departing in a SE breeze and heading south between Eilean Ighe and the mainland. We headed over to Torr Mor to seek shelter from the wind.


then around Rubh' Arisaig for a rest stop opposite Eilean a' Ghaill.





After setting off the wind increased and we stopped at Camas Laeathann, a tricky landing at low tide.

Day 2 - To Loch Ailort

GPS track on: Open Maps

By morning the wind had eased and the tide was higher to ease the launching.


Heading to the east we stopped at the end of Loch Nan Uamh for lunch.


We then followed the north shore of Ardnish and on rounding Rubha Chaolais we were met by a strong SE headwind. It was a slog past Eilean a' Chaolais and Eilean nan Gobhar before reaching a rest stop on the south shore of Loch Ailort. After a rest we found a camp on one of the islands nearby.

Day 3 - Exploring Loch Ailort and to Glenuig

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The day dawned misty, calm and wet as we explored the Loch.



As we left the shelter of the Loch a stiff wind from the north built up and we had a rest stop at Glenuig.


Before moving on to camp at a nearby island.




Day 4 - To the Ardnamurchan

GPS track on: Open Maps

The weather had improved.


Eigg with Rum behind.




Rest stop at Aonach.





After another break on the Ardnamurchan we cruised west to Port Ban.

Day 5 - Heading back

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There wasn't enough time to return via Eigg so we paddled east back along the coast with a good sighting of an Eagle.





Approaching Cul Na Croise.


Superb rest stop, it was hot and we had to lose some layers.



Heading north we reckoned we might be able to go around Eilean Shona.





We made it over the ford and enjoyed the fabulous scenery.


Arriving to camp just up the coast.




Day 6 - To the Skerries

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The wind was southerly and gentle so we paddled across the Sound of Arisaig.


There was an underlying swell and it produced a large wave over a rock near Eilean an t-Snidhe.



Landfall and meeting a group from Sea Kayaking Arisaig who were just departing.






The Skerries were idyllic.



There were many groups of sea kayaks amongst the Skerries.


But the tide was high and we didn't find a sandy beach for lunch.


Leaving the Skerries and heading north we came across a large Jellyfish.



Landing at Morar Bay.


Thrift.


A local.


Day 7 - Exploring Morar Bay

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We thought we might go up to Mallaig but after battling into the northerly wind for a while we decided to explore Loch Morar instead.



Reaching the outlet from Loch Morar, we played in the flow for a while.



After leaving Morar bay we headed south with the wind and there were some good rides to be had in the following sea.


A nice sunset for the final night back at our starting point.


Thanks to Chris, Doug and Ian for an excellent expedition !

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