Thursday, 14 October 2010

Indian Summer in North Argyle

Even though the weather forecast was fantastic for kayaking I left my boat (Cliodhna) at home. Sometimes life is about compromising, and so it was on this occasion. Still I had my wife (Jayne) and my fishing rods with me as we traveled through the night to Ledaig near Oban.
We arrived late on Friday night for a well earned rest. Five days holidays and the possibility of an Indian Summer, a bit of fishing and plenty of reading to wind down and relax. Saturday morning revealed that the Indian Summer had arrived. The views across the bay at Ledaig Caravan Park were stunning: a cloudless blue sky, flat calm sea and the southern tip of the Island of Lismore and Island of Mull shimmered in the morning heat haze. North Argyle had shown us her full glory in the soft Autumn sun.
A picture taken earlier in the season from Ben Lora. View looking over the Caravan Park towards the Island of Mull.
Saturday saw us heading into Oban for supplies and the moorings at Dunstaffnage demanded a few pictures.
Connel Bridge and the Falls of Lora on an ebb tide.
Kayakers: sea and river/surf are always attracted to the Fall of Lora at spring tides.
The view up Loch Etive from the Connel Bridge.

The view below the Connel bridge towards the Firth of Lorn.
Sea Kayakers enjoying the ebb flow from Loch Etive.

River/surf kayakers demonstrating their skills on the big wave at the north end of the Connel Bridge.

Most of the time was was taken up by reading, eating and sitting in the sun, enjoying the natural environment. The changing colours on the trees and surrounding vegetation was a pleasure to the eye and soul. The most energetic day was a short trip up to the village of Port Appin, where we walked and were again rewarded by the beautiful surroundings and veiws.
The Island of Shuna from Port Appin.

Bye for now.
David A.