Hoping to make the most of the conditions we decided to go for a kayak around St Ninian's Isle; the coast held great promise.
Arriving at the beach at Ireland near Bigton
Looking south to Bigton and St Ninian's tombolo
We set off directly west to St. Ninian's before turning north into a light breeze and low gentle swell as we passed along the steep craggy coast towards the tip of the island at Loose Head and began heading south towards Hick Holm.
Hick Holm with Fitful Head in the distance
Heading south was great with a light wind and following sea. The coastline is impressive but it get's really interesing once you've passed Hick Holm. We continued on to Sweyn Holm at the south west tip of the island and entered a land of stack and caves.
Turning towards Sweyn Holm and going through the channel
We had a spot of lunch on the first bit of beach we came to and then set off again to explore the area. The kayak nearly setting off with out us as the tide pushed in.
High Herbi Clett
Beren seemed to think he could paddle across the sand bar
Luckily for him we dragged him and then just had the last 1km paddle back to the car. A quick change and load up then time to sit in the sun with our well earned treats outside Bigton general store and a few quick chats about our adventure.
On the way back we decided to visit Maywick, a small settlement and beach just north of Bigton. It was lovely there with a great view looking back north towards Burra and the Clift Hills.
Here's South Havra, an island with a disused windmill, visible. We hope to kayak there and camp at some point. Probably launching from Maywick.
Beren had fun on the beach and then slept most of the way home, lucky him!