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Club Expedition to Skye 2020 Day 2

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Club Expedition to Skye 2020
“Team Alaska go on a Skye #staycation!”
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Day 2 9th August (Sunday) – Camas Barabhaig to Port an Luig Mhoit

We left at 9am – the water was like a millpond and we completed 20.7 miles round the Point of Sleat, crossing Loch Eishort and Loch Slapin.

A few guided groups were out paddling for the day from near the Armadale ferry terminal (South Skye Sea Kayaking). There was a bit more “ocean motion” round the headland as the sea had a slight surge up the rocks. We enjoyed super views of the Cuillin Range with the black and red colouring clear to see. More porpoise, shoals of fish splashing, and sea eagles were spotted as we paddled along. Plus, those big jellyfish – a bit off-putting for a swim!

There had also been a sea otter swimming about that day. We had lunch in a rocky cove just around the Point of Sleat. The water was clear and green with loads of different seaweeds below us. Eigg and Rum appeared on the horizon.

While crossing Lochs Slapin and Eishort we realised there were loads of tiny, tiny (size of my little fingernail) crabs floating about in the water and swarms of smaller pinkie purple and blue jellyfish. Turns out jellyfish are surprisingly dense when your paddle stoke swipes one. Plenty of whale food here as we had our first Minke Whale sighting – good spot Chris!

Prince Charlie’s Cave

There are many Prince Charlies Caves in the Highlands, caves where  Charles Edward Stuart was said to have sheltered when on the run from the  Duke of Cumberland, after the defeat at the  Battle of Culloden.[1] There is one such cave supposedly located at Elgol.

On to campsite on the headland (next to Prince Charles`s Cave). This needed a bit of a rocky carry to where we pitched and fell asleep before waking up to the sound of sheep walking about on the beach and me wondering if I’d put my boots in the porch or if a sheep could be wondering off chewing them.

Jenny Brown      More Photos……….