Emily and I, along with our friend Catriona, took a long drive up north yesterday- a 3 and a quarter hour trip to Arisaig.
For those who do not know this place, it is no exaggeration to describe this piece of coastline as one of the most beautiful places in the whole world. And no, I have not seen much of the wide world, but- well you will just have to go there yourself.
And if you do, then perhaps you might take a trip with the guys from Rockhopper out into the bay, where you will enter a world of blue green seas, silver white sands, islands and skerries emerging out of the tide and kelp beds full of seals and otters.
I have been wanting to try out a proper sea kayak for years. This year, Michaela bought me a voucher to use with Rockhopper for my birthday- ironically the same day as I had my serious canoe accident! We spent all day Saturday working hard in the garden, and I was tired, and to be honest, we have been so busy recently that I wondered whether I could cope with a 5AM start, and a long day in a kayak- but I am so glad we still went.
The weather was kind, the wildlife and scenery stunning, the company very agreeable and the experience was one that I would very much like to repeat.
As ever- here are a few photographs- including one of my second set of otters (within a few weeks!) Did not have my zoom lens on again though.