Rubha Reidh: Slaggan Bay to Poolewe

Landing and setting camp had been a tortuous affair - chilled, wet and a little tired after nearly eight hours on the water, the midges gave no quarter. And so it was with no small sense of relief that I woke to the rustling of the tent and a light offshore breeze. In fact stronger winds were forecast that day, that being in part the reason for paddling the route we had, making best use of the calm seas the day before and leaving less than 20km to paddle into the shelter of Loch Ewe from the camp.
Eventually and reluctantly we carried the boats back to the water, keen to at least minimise the distance we would have to push into the fresh headwinds forecast.
Turning into Loch Ewe, the Torridon mountains providing a dramatic back drop and high level cloud indicating the change in weather to follow.
Less than an hour later the wind shifted and very suddenly picked up. Taking a few images in the first moments as the breeze went from F2 to F5/6 in seconds, I soon put the camera away. With a constant F5/6 on the beam and some much stronger gusts, it was a reminder just how quickly things change on the water and an exhilarating run into Poolewe.
Sunset, from a more sheltered and blissfully midge free beach that night.

Comments

Douglas Wilcox said…
A stunning series of images from a great trip Will :o)
Will Herman said…
Thanks Douglas - it wasn't the trip we envisaged and after the weather of the previous weeks, a little frustrating, but that's just another reason to return and I think I've probably had my share of luck with the weather this year...
Cheers
Will
Ian Johnston said…
Great series Will, and strange how things repeat.... on two occasions paddling in Loch Ewe I've experienced the same sudden increase in wind strength, once from a clear blue sky

Cheers

Ian
Will Herman said…
Thanks Ian and yes - much like the Torridon lochs - I treat any easterly weather with some suspicion these days! Lovely shots from Iona by the way - if only the weather had lasted another week...
Cheers
Will