The River Kirkaig & Enard Bay

On our return from the Summer Isles the previous evening, the skies had cleared giving way to a dramatic sunset, but by morning the clag had descended once again, rain sheeting down across the rugged moorland above Enard Bay, south of Lochinver.
My enthusiasm only slightly dampened, we headed for Loch Kirkaig, intent on exploring the islands and intimate bays that litter this wild coastline. Approaching the loch, the winding single-track road passes over the River Kirkaig...
...well why not? 18ft sea kayaks or not, it seemed the logical way down to the sea loch.
There were plenty of rocks to dodge but the main channels gave a clean run to the sea...
...this slightly trickier section providing some entertainment in boats that were wider by a metre or two, than the channel.
It was all over rather too quickly - Tim floating down the last of the tidal channel, to reach open water and the island studded sea loch beyond.
Again, the northerly swell made for some entertaining conditions and having passed the headland, Rubha na Briege...
...we played awhile around the skerries immediately to its south. Here the swell was rolling over the low reefs and we surfed through the channels before moving on towards the small island of Fraochlan and from there in towards the largest of the islands, Eilean Mor.
The swell was still battering the north and western shores but coming around to the eastern extremity we found a small sheltered bay which gave a welcome break before the return trip into an increasingly strong westerly producing heavy clapotis off all the west facing cliffs. It was a theme that seemed set to continue...

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