South Coast of Mull - Loch Spelve to Iona: Day 2

Our second day on the south coast of Mull dawned brighter than the first, but with the clear skies had come freshening winds from the north east. Looking down on the loch from the hills above as I tried unsuccessfully to get either a mobile signal or VHF, F6 gusts rattled accross the bay, the wind a constant F4/5.
Chris heading out from the south shore of Loch Buie: the winds eased a little as we crossed and then, following the lee shore, we found shelter amongst idyllic bays backed by steep gravel beaches. It was here we saw the first sea eagle, an awesome sight, the impossibly broad wings and distinctive white tail leaving us in no doubt that we were watching the flight of the largest bird to fly above British waters.
Out of the wind, one of several attractive bays in which we paused, yet it could only last for so long. Passing Glenbyre we spotted another sea eagle and several more otters, whilst the wind continued to build.
Pushed rapidly on, we were hit by increasingly severe gusts which were soon ripping great sheets of spray from the waves. Fast approaching Rubha Dubh, a decision was needed. With the gusts becoming increasingly severe, we landed in a tiny wave washed inlet, the last chance before the point. It proved a good decision.
That afternoon, we watched as the sea became frantic, waves driving out towards the open atlantic, spray lifting and showering the white water below. Along the shore I found a mobile signal and a call to the coastguard confirmed my suspicions. We were looking at F8  winds hurling themselves out of the mountains...
We would camp here for the night, before pushing on for a long day on the water tomorrow when the winds were due to ease.

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