Friday, 19 April 2013

Saasaig to Armadale Pier...and back: April 2013

This is usually a quick, easy paddle, giving views across the water to the slightly increasing number of buildings on Knoydart (reputed to be the most remote part of the UK mainland), and the bright lights of Mallaig. On clear days when the tide is out, it is easy to see the sandy beaches of Morar, Back of Keppoch and the outer skerries of Arisaig. On the Skye side, it takes you past Sabhal mor Ostaig. This is a white post-modernist development, only able to fit into the landscape because of the contrast with its surroundings and its raison d'etre. I quite like it because to me, it's "halfway from home" on this trip.
Anyway, to start with, the sea was calm and the sky was dull. Hence no photos. Nonetheless, Armadale pier is always interesting...



On the way back, things got a bit choppy as a breeze pushed across from Mallaig...


...which, with the last of the days sunlight hitting Knoydart, made for an interesting paddle.

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