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All in the timing at the Gulf of Corryvreckan
As we paddled out from Glengarrisdale towards the north tip of Jura and the Gulf of Corryvreckan , a narrow strip of clear sky broke the uniform grey of the cloud cover; and seemed to point the way to the Corryvreckan. The island of Scarba gradually emerged...

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The bones of the place
After three days of cloudless blue skies and warm conditions it was a slight surprise to wake to a grey, cool and breezy morning - even though it had been forecast.  Our plan for the day was to head up the west coast of Jura and position ourselves ready to ...

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The shining sands of Shian
After amusing ourselves playing boules with fishing floats we cooked and ate dinner then reconvened to light our campfire. Our fires are usually built on the shore below the spring high water mark but at Shian we found a long-established and properly constr...

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Boules - Hebridean style
The 16 kilometre crossing from Colonsay back to the west coast of Jura took a little over two hours of steady paddling, assisted by a light breeze from astern.  As ever on crossings like this the coast towards which we paddled didn't seem to get any nearer ...

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Stocking up at Scalasaig
It would have been easy to linger at Balnahard Bay but time was marching on and we had most of the length of Colonsay's east coast to travel, plus the crossing back to Jura before the end of the day. Colonsay's east coast is something of a contrast to the w...

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Under a perpetual summer sun
Our camp site at Kiloran Bay on Colonsay's west coast had been one of the best; and we woke to another calm and sunny day.  We packed our boats and carried them down to the water, then raked over the ashes of our fire which we'd made below the spring tide h...

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Out on the edge - Colonsay's wild west coast
Continuing our journey north, we took a last look back at the long sandy beaches of Oronsay.  We had a camp site in mind a good up the west coast of Colonsay and still had some distance to travel. Colonsay isn't a high island but it is quite rugged, especia...

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Oronsay Priory - a place of peace
 We rounded the south tip of Oronsay and entered the long, narrow bay of Port na Luinge which has a beautiful sandy beach at its head.  The name translates as " Port of the ships", and it is wonderfully sheltered with a gentle slope on which craft could be ...

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Snakes alive....
We woke at our camp on the Jura shore to a bright morning with a light ENE'ly breeze, just about  perfect weather for a crossing to Colonsay.  Our camp had been on the shore at the left of this image.  Glenbatrick Lodge is on the right, a property owned by ...

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A Jura salute for a Jura sunset
By the time we reached the Cumhann Beag ( Little narrows ) separating the hidden upper part of West Loch Tarbert from the middle part, the tide was running through like a river.  Our plans had been formulated to take advantage of each of the tidal streams w...
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