We set off from a little beach called The Blade at Heylor on Ronas Voe, it was sunny and breezy and looking like a great day for our little venture. We hoped to get to Lang Ayre but often the sea has other ideas and so it was today and we made our pitstop at a beach on Ketligill Head.
Here we are just leaving The Blade
The voe stretches inland another few miles behind us
We travelled down the west wall of the voe passing a myriad of stacks arches and caves. Unfortunately the north-easterly swell was still pretty strong after a week of rough weather so we couldn't risk getting to close to the rocks with the sea surging against the cliff in places. It was a wonderful row down the west side though.
By the time we got to The Stack of Sumra the wind driven swell was getting steeper and breaking in parts. Rowing with it coming on broadside was getting tricky so we decided to cut from the west and head directly into the swell across the voe to The Roodrans and Lang Ayre beyond them.
Heading across the voe
Galti Stack on the end of the west side of the voe
The trip across can best be described as a roller coaster ride, great fun, but not a good omen for being able to get round to Lang Ayre, a big storm beach. We approached the The Roodrans that were to be our entry to it, very impressive.
We went around the seaward side of The Roodrans to see if we could get a better view and check out a safe passage, but before we'd even got north of them it was obvious it was the end of our trip to Lang Ayre this time. All of us agreed that we would have to get back and get round there on a better day, it was so impressive.
So, we headed in, to a beach just south of the stacks on Ketligill Head. That was fun too, a steep angled shingly beach with waves a couple of foot high dumping on it. We had one in the bow checking for submerged rocks as we edged in towards where the short surf was and then it was full speed a head to ground up the beach. The boat was fine, but we had fun trying to drag her up the beach as the surf pounded in and needless to say we all got wet, some more than others.
Here's The Orrick at rest on the beach
There were more great views out to The Roodrans too
Sorry Auld Een, we didn't get to check out any dwellings on Lang Ayre, but we will be back next summer when the conditions are right as we're all keen to visit the forbiden kingdom of Lang Ayre.
Last rowing practise is this wednesday. After that the boat will be off the water, but I'll still be trying to get out and about in the kayak or dinghy...