Before Alaska had been finalised, we had organised a camping trip out to Gigha with FCAG and rather than cancelling it, we decided to carry on with it, after all we were on that side of the country, we had all our camping kit with us (might be a bit smelly though!) and we had all our paddling kit (probably equally smelly!).
Off the plane and into the supermarket to stock up on nosh, then it's off to Tayinloan to meet up with John, Barry and Young Trevor. It seemed a good idea at the time to say we would carry on with this trip but now that we were driving over to the west, having sat on a plane for hours, the tiredness was now beginning to hit home. We took it in turns to drive and snooze, before we arrived in time to have coffee and cake in the wee tearoom.
We did eventually muster up enough energy to pack the boats and get launched a couple of hours later than planned.
Next morning we were greeted by some of the locals who seemed to take a real interest in Trevors tent!
|Locals taking up kayaking?|
|John waiting for high tide?|
The weather today could only be described as mingin' ! Heading over West Tarbert Bay was blowy!
We made our way round the coast taking a break just below Achamore Farm. The weather just wasn't improving!
This was John and Barry's first stint at wild camping and the weather certainly wasn't dampening their enthusiasm.
By the time we had reached the south of the island, the weather was eventually drying up, the wind was still there though. We picked our way over to Cara Island to camp the second night.
We were just getting the tents up when "Ping!" yes it had happened yet again - except it wasn't our pole this time, but Trevor's.
|Could be a tropical island!|
The evening was lovely and dry.
It was then time to head the 4km back to Tayinloan, a long car journey home - then my own bed again - bliss!