Tuesday, 20 May 2008

Glenuig - Sound of Arisaig

One of the renovated old croft houses at Smirisary

With the amazing weather that we've been having in Scotland recently what better place to head but the west coast by the sea. Lindsay and Kathy took a short weekend break walking and sea kayaking at Glenuig on the Sound of Arisaig just south of Mallaig. The coastal walking could'nt be better with views out to Eigg, Rum, and the Isle of Skye. The walking is very tranquil with the cry of oyster catchers even a cukoo and the many other sea birds. There is plenty of interest along the way; on route we came across the 200 year old crofting community of "Smirisary" of which many of the buildings have been renovated, also beutiful sandy beaches and coves. If your lucky you may even get the chance to see a sea otter or recently spotted a minkey whale and you'll always be visited by an inquisitive seal if you keep your eyes open. Our bed for the night was the Glenuig Inn a great watering hole if your on route either by foot road or sea kayak. The Inn has recently been taken over by an inspiring new landlord Steve Macfarlane. The pub offers great food, entertainment (usually the locals) and accommodation. Steve is a very keen and experienced Sea Kayaker and has great local knowledge of the area. Lindsay and I were also lucky enough to be taken out in sea kayaks with Steve who gave us some tuition and inspired our confidence to enjoy our mini adventure round the coast, we'll be back for more....

Unspoilt sandy beaches.

Lindsay using her new found skills.

Sunset over the Isle of Eigg.

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