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Douglas Wilcox
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Tourists fled from Castle Tioram our approach.
We were quite hot by the time we had finished the portage and manoeuvred the boats over a salt marsh to the edge of Loch Moidart where we...  ...joined these mallard ducks on salt water (for the first time in this trip.)  I always love that feeling of weigh...

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Where the river ends and plunges to the sea.
 It is difficult to say where Loch Shiel ends and the River Shiel begins but... by the time you arrive at the triple arches of Shiel Bridge (1935) the current leaves you in now doubt that this is now the river. Slightly downstream is the older single arch b...

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A pier with the site of a Viking slaying at one end and a pie shop at the other.
Leaving St. Finan's Isle we entered the outer, lowland section of Loch Shiel. At  Dalelia  we spotted  a tall stone cross , almost hidden by the trees. It is a war memorial erected by Dalelia's then owner, Lord Howard of Glossop, to his son. Lt. Philip Howa...

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For whom the bell tolls on `St Finan's Isle.
We arose well before dawn. It was cold in the still morning air by the shore of Loch Shiel. That cold of course is what kept the midges away. A few months earlier and a windless morning like this would have been Shiel hell with midges. We left the tents up ...

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Stags on the high tops joined us in roars of approval.
Just as we arrived at Glenaladale, the estate boat Fionn Aladail (Fair Aladale) left the rickety wooden jetty with a shooting party aboard. Her helmsman courteously kept the engine revs down until they were well past us. We were right in the middle of the G...

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Progress down Loch Shiel was impeded by frequent photo opportunities.
 As we made our way SW down Loch Shiel the sun broke though and despite it being mid October the temperature soared.  Due to glaciation the west coast of Scotland is riven by many U shaped valleys which were cut by glaciers moving to the SW where the melted...

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A low point on the horizon but not in our spirits on Loch Shiel.
I have not updated the blog for some time due to ill health but I do make more regular posts on my Facebook page. Ian has started to post on his blog about a great trip we made back in October 2016 and this has prompted me to help create another of our ster...

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Pyranha Octane PE surfski
This is the new Pyranha polyethylene surfski called the Octane. It is based on a Think composite surfski design. I had a good look at these in the GoKayaking store in Perth back in January. They look like fantastic boats and I had a good chat with Cam Allan...

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Sunset at Fidden: episode two.
 Although Fidden on the Ross of Mull is a commercial campsite, in many ways it really is like a a wild camp site with showers. After a nice warm shower we returned to the tents to discover that the wind had dropped and the midges had come out. Ian and I set...

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Hard rock, hard saints, rotting corpses, banished cows (and women) at the Ross of Mull.
On our return from Market Bay on the north coast of the Ross of Mull the wind got up and in truth it was a bit of hard work to get back into the shelter of...  ... the islands at the north end of the Sound of Ion a. From here we entered...  ... the Bull's H...
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