Trip to Coll & Tiree

We had a great Easter trip with the club, Bass Rock and then Adrnamurchan and across to Muck& Eigg however, due to differing holiday times and commitments,I then took off for a solo trip to Coll & Tiree. It was a 4.5 hour paddle from Eigg to Coll but the tides and weather were with me and it was well worth the effort. Even in calm conditions the Atlantic swells surge around the rocks and reefs on the West side of Coll and kick up some sporting water conditions. But if younegotiateyour way in past the rocks there are some great camping beaches. My digital camera has packed up and so the pictures here were taken with a disposable camera so rather poor qualityI am afraid.
Looking for a way into the Beach on the west coast of Coll

Looking for a way into the Beach on the west coast of Coll

Camp on the West coast of Coll

Camp on the West coast of Coll

Sunset from Coll

Sunset from Coll

I did not have time to paddle the whole way round Tiree but certainly the North of Tiree is rather low and exposed, no wonder some say it is the windiest place in the UK.

North Tiree, a narrow strip of land betwixt sky and sea.

North Tiree, a narrow strip of land betwixt sky and sea.

Then back up to the North of Coll.

Camp on the Northern tip of Coll

Camp on the Northern tip of Coll

There was talk of the wind getting up but it was a beautiful calm morning whenI set off back for the mainland.
Morning view looking North from Coll to the Small Isles

Morning view looking North from Coll to the Small Isles

Then it was afew of hours ferry gliding the tidal stream across to Ardnamurchan point.
Ardnamurchan Point Lighthouse

Ardnamurchan Point Lighthouse

The trip finished with something of a pilgrimage asI camped out on an island in Loch Ailort, which is how we finishedmy first ever sea kayak trip with the club backin 2004, a trip that got me hooked on this style of kayaking. I even had a sunset over Eigg likethe one we hadback on that first trip.
Than all too soon it was time to go, still only a few weeks and we are off for another weeks sea kayaking!
Regards Steve M

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