The Small Isles - A taste of Rum

Leaving the cliffs and caves of Canna and Sanday behind, we pulled out into the Sound of Canna to start the second of the three crossings on this trip. Despite being in the middle hours of the ebb, there was no appreciable tidal movement in the sound. This was a pleasant surprise given the Sp rate of 5 knots - even on neaps as we were, paddling against the flow would have been tiresome at this point. And so with the evening sun warming our backs and the northern cliffs of Rum glowing in the soft light, we moved quickly across the sound, splitting a widespread raft of puffins within moments of turning our backs on Sanday.
Looking across to the Cuillin, the eastern-most skerries of Sanday in the foreground, Rum some 3km directly across the sound though our easterly heading lengthened the crossing to 5km which we covered quickly in the calm conditions.
The shadows lengthen in Glen Guirdil beneath Bloodstone Hill, named I believe for the semi-precious stone found on the beach beneath.
Arriving on the coast of Rum, by the wreck of Jack Abry II - Tim dwarfed beneath the steeply shelving deck which remains with surprisingly little damage from the sea so far.
From the wreck it is a short paddle to Kilmory and by now hungry and tired we wasted little time in setting up camp after which I spent a short while on the beach watching the sun sinking slowly toward a shimmering sea.
Tim experimenting with a new camera... I did much the same, trying to capture something of the beauty across the bay as the moon rose into a clear sky.
Last light beyond Canna and the Outer Hebrides - a peaceful close to a stunning day among the Small Isles. I wondered if the morning would be quite so peaceful - the last forecast we had seen had called for a gradually freshening easterly wind, F5 by midday and F6 a little later. All being well we would be within reach of Glenbrittle before then however and I drifted off to the call of the snipe, the distant piping of oyster catchers smothered by the soft rise and fall of the sea beyond.


Anonymous said…
The wreck looks very recent… this past winter?
Will Herman said…
Hi Mike - 2011 in fact - I think if it were on the south-west facing coast it might not have fared so well...