Coigach & Assynt / October 2008

Later in the year than I would typically have wanted to head north paddling, but still, we enjoyed five days on the seas of Coigach and Assynt.
High winds eventually dropped and having watched massive surf breaking at Reiff...
...and rather intimidating waves breaking over the cliffs along the coast, fresh but manageable winds allowed two excellent day trips...
...the first out of Annat Bay exploring the rugged coastline towards Horse Island...
...before heading in as the fresh breeze became increasingly squally.
And the second in the shelter of the Summer isles, exploring Tannara Mor, Tannara Beag, Isle Ristol and numerous smaller islands in the vicinity.
Swell rolling in from the north west made for some bouncy water west of Tannara Beag but with the exception of approximately 2 km of clapotis, it was mostly enjoyable, long rolling swells.
A dramatic sunset finished this superbly varied day trip.
A three day trip followed, leaving Clasnessie bay through interesting surf, and heading east past Oldany Island... reach the first camp at Loch Na Mola.
Heading directly north, we explored Calbha Mor and Calbha Beag.
Here, one particularly deep cave provided some entertainment and a few scrapes as the swell rolled in, before we turned south, striking up the loch towards Kylesku.
After a wild night in the bothy at the head of Loch Glencoul, the return trip was completed in one long day. Predictably the wind had swung through 180 degrees and it was head winds all the way.
Once out of the shelter of Loch a Chairn Bhain, not only were the northerly swells still rolling in but a good force 4/5 from the west was creating interesting conditions around each of the headlands.
The skerries around Oldany provided welcome shelter before a final 3km stretch of confused water saw us back on the beach at Clashnessie, thankfully having landed through much smaller surf than on the way out.