Loch Dunvegan to Stein

We headed across to Dunvegan to stay at Kinloch campsite at the head of the Loch. The campsite is great with a fantastic view. This was the second time we had stayed at this campsite. The first time we attempted this trip we could not get the kayaks off the roof for the wind so we were back to avenge our disappointment.
 We decided to launch just up from Dunvegan Castle, leaving one of the vehicles at Stein for the end. There are many seal boats that operate in this area and it was easy to see why with many seals being spotted along the way. The wildlife haven of Gairbh Eilein was the first place to explore.

The next place we headed for was Eilean Dubh before heading north up the Loch. The wind was picking up and making the Loch quite choppy.

We arrived at Lampay with the coral beach in sight. The colour of the water was stunning and the coral was spectacular. It was an ideal place to stop but we certainly were not on our own with many walkers around.

 It was time to get the kettle on and take in the view that was stunning even on a grey windy day. We were unsure about heading to Islay and Mingay. The wind was certainly increasing and in a double the effect of the wind can certainly be felt.
Neil Brewing up
H enjoying the Coral
We decided to head to Islay and Mingay hoping that the North side of the Island will offer some shelter. The remains of the Old house on Islay was the scene of a gruesome massacre in the 16th Century over an inheritance dispute.
A little visitor off Lampay

The paddle around the East side of Clett and back to Islay was tough and quite choppy at times. We paddled hard and sheltered in the lea of the mainland before heading across to Stein. We were a little worried about the cross wind but aimed high and reached the pier with little issue. It was the last paddle of what had been a fantastic trip. Scotland truly is a magical place in a sea kayak and we were lucky to experience it for 6 full days!
Landing at Stein

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