Photo Blog: Discovering the Hebrides by Sea Kayak
Posted on Aug 12, 2016 by David Russell
I recently joined our Island Hopping in the Outer Hebrides Sea Kayaking trip. I was expecting a lot, but found more than I could have hoped for. Experience it for yourself with this photoblog of sea kayaking in the Outer Hebrides.
Night after night, we watched the sun roll away beyond the Atlantic horizon. St Kilda was visible, and with clouds filling the sky at all heights each evening was a stunning vista of golden light poured across the sandy bays and blooming meadows of Machair.
It became the evening ritual to wander to the headland after dinner, with no technology to distract us from the show that nature puts on for us.
Especially rich in bird life, the Hebridean Isles are a place to remember you are not alone in the world.
Before we had even reached our lunch on the first day we had been treated to a parade of rare and unusual sights. We saw pair of White Tailed Sea Eagle, two pairs of Black Throated Divers, Otter, Red Deer, Gannets, Shags, Oyster Catcher, Kittiwake, Heron, Herring Gull, Great Black Backed Gull…….wildlife-tastic!
Two stags ford the tidal narrows right in front of us as we approach. Not the marine life we expected!
A Lion’s Mane jellyfish drifting in the shallow sandy bays of Harris.
Local residents who don’t mind living the quiet life.
The traditional industry of lobster fishing is important to the local economy, and depends upon maintaining the richness of these waters.
Riding the gentle swell as we make our way ashore for elevenses.
Our guide Howard Jeffs positions himself between us and the rocks, just to keep an eye on us!
Line astern, journeying around the island of North Uist on the open sea. Rolling swell but smooth water makes for great paddling!
Landing on the very remote and unpopulated Isle of Scarp was a highlight for everyone. This is one of the wildest coastlines anywhere in Scotland. If you don’t travel by sea kayak it’s unlikely you would ever have the chance to visit this stunning beach, surrounded by rugged headlands and steep cliffs.
Venturing into Sea Caves is a favoured activity! Guide Myles Farnbank
It couldn’t be anywhere but the Hebrides!
The group of adventurers that made it all possible.
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