Date: Friday 6th June 2014
Distance: 13.3 km
Colonsay – another of our list of islands to visit (just a list and not a tick list for all of you who have a Pavlovian reaction to the word 😉 ).
Arrived on Thursday, a rather dreich day. The Calmac ferry from Oban on a Thursday diverts into the Gulf of Corryvreckan which is rather fun. Especially if you were camping 300m away 5days before.
Had a wander across the tidal link to Oronsay and stayed in the very nice bothy/bunkhouse accommodation of the Colonsay Estate.
Up early on the Friday – the corncrakes outside the accommodation had been calling all night, just a background noise through the thick walls.
We’d fancied the north end of the island for a wee wander. Parked above Kiloran Bay at NR 397 977. Traigh Ban was looking rather golden.
At 0600 we had the place to ourselves – carried on over the beach to the farm road skirting Carnan Eoin (the high point of the island at a lofty 143m).
Took the farm road N – the hill would wait for the return and clearer skies to our north.
Wandered along the farm track and then down to the beach at Rubh a Gheodha – a lovely spot. The goats moved off as we approached.
We sat around here for an hour or so – a lovely spot. Watched the ringed plovers and oystercatchers roving and calling.
Weaved over the nice terrain above the shore – a very slow pace, just enjoying the place.
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The Arrocher Alps stood out to the east.
After a very leisurely 10hours to cover 13km we headed back to Scalasaig to pick up the Oban Ferry. A tasty Calmac burger was followed by a rather nice cruise back to Oban.
The end of another island week – certainly our favourite waste of time. 🙂