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Surprise boat trip

June 18, 2014

It’s very rare that we ever win a raffle or get the opportunity to take advantage of a special offer. Well, we took two nights off at the weekend to re-charge our batteries and on the first night, Saturday, we received an email from a new boating outfit offering free boat trips to B and B businesses as a promotional endeavour. And it was our day off the next day! The weather was good so off we went on the bike to Elgol, further south on Skye, where Skye Boat Trips is based.
There we met Oliver with his boat ‘Islander’

Islander

We also met Fin, Oliver’s sailing companion.

Fin

Our destination was Loch Coruisk, a loch surrounded by the Cuillin mountains and only accessible by boat or a very arduous hike over the mountains. I’ve had never been there although Kevin and his trusty running shoes have shared the mountainous route previously.

Oliver slowed the boat so that we could get a good look at the seals, due to pup any day soon. Of course for us to have seen that would have been expecting just TOO much!

common seals

Loch Coruisk was stunning, although we didn’t have the time to walk around it, but it was lovely just to sit and enjoy our picnic in such wild and unspoiled surroundings.

Loch Coruisk

The jagged Black Cuillin Ridge is in the background

The jagged Black Cuillin Ridge is in the background

We followed the river leaving the loch…

Loch Coruisk

…and out towards the sea.

out to sea

It really was a lovely way to spend our day off. Oliver is one of three residents on the near-by Isle of Soay as well as having fished the waters for thirty years. Consequently, he knows the area well and has a passion for it. It was an informal, informative and friendly trip – we were even offered tea, coffee or a soft drink on our return to ‘Islander’!

Anyone reading this post who has plans to visit Skye, or even Garybuie, then consider Skye Boat trips as a potential day out. Islander also makes wildlife trips and trips out to the Small Isles.

islander


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