1st May 2021

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The first weekend following the easing of lockdown restrictions and an opportunity for a sea kayaking journey following months of travel restrictions.

The campsite at Applecross was beckoning and with a pitch booked, the sea kayaks of the roof of the van and the camera equipment at the ready, we were ready for a much anticipated trip away. Even the weather forecast and the tides seemed to be in our favour…

The plan was to head over to the campsite via the Bealach na Ba, enjoy a pint at the Applecross Inn on the Friday night and head for the Crowlins on Saturday…

The launch site at Toscaig allows for easy parking and launching of the kayaks and once the kayaks were loaded, there was a gentle paddle southwards, down Loch Toscaig to the crossing point to the north end of Eilean Mor.

One of the features of the day was the fantastic cloud formations sitting high above the nearby islands, Skye and Raasay.

Reaching the skerry at Sgeir Shalach, it was time to make the short crossing over to the Crowlins. At just over 1.5km, there was time to enjoy the views as Eilean Beag and Eilean Mor gradually came closer.

Rona in the far distance to the north, whilst the summits of the Red Cuillin on Skye were covered in cloud to the south-west.

Gradually we reached the Crowlins. I’ve been here twice before, once sailing when we anchored in the natural harbour and the second time on an epic paddle from Kyle of Lochalsh, to Uags, through the Crowlins and over to Sconser on Skye..!

This trip was for enjoying….

…and my blog wouldn’t be complete without a photograph of Tania…!

Entering the channel from the north and just past high water…

And this was where the fun began…!

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With my drone in the back hatch, it was time to stop and enjoy some aerial photography of this beautiful spot.

The images above are all panoramic shots of the islands, from a unique perspective.

Looking northwards up the channel.

The rock sill at the southern end of the channel.

The return to Applecross.

The map of the day.