The forecast was looking good, great, fantastic, so whilst we are in the Lakes shall we hop, skip and jump to Arran, you bet!
We met Mike at Ravenglass, rude not to paddle so up the Estuary we went, we did have a look out to the bar first where we encountered a very pleasant guy who warned us that he was shortly going to detonate some explosives and it might be a good idea not to turn left, tip taken and off up the Esk estuary for a very sunny paddle.
back to the hostel and then up to Waste water for a snack and then a very fine hostel, The Woolpack for some Cumbrian Ales and bed, we had the room to ourselves, what a great day.
|Mr Bell and his newly refurbished master piece a very clever guy|
|Driven over this bridge many times a joy to paddle under it|
|YHA Eskdale a great place|
|......and a short walk from the hostel a very excellent pub great ales and locally sourced great food|
|A great view and an opportunity for a snack|
|Mike and Ga|
Back to the hostel 2230 evidence of life but beds not made "I predicted a riot", some guys came in quietly and on their bed lights went to bed, great....not Shrek bound in lights on and off, sorry I did have to use the fuck word bloody inconsiderate mong!
|A tad busy on the Pike|
Our farewells to Mr Bell and off to Arran we go and another fab day, 1515 ferry booked into the terrific SYHA at Lochranza and off for an evening paddle, seals, Porpoise and thousands of jelly fish in all shapes and sizes.
|Newton Castle as we paddle out and turn right from the Loch|
|What a great Hostel|
|Now that's something I have never seen before|
|What a great sunset that's special|
What shall we do today.....turn left out of the Loch
|He shortly came back and I managed to run for it Ga,s punishment for having lunch on a PRIVATE beach on Arran not a pretty sight on my return!!|
We have turned both Right and Left what shall we do today...Holy Island. Straight across the Brodick Bay and towards the Island with a slight headwind.
It appeared to take ages to paddle along the East side of the Island some choppy seas on the South side and lunch near to the Buddhist Centre for World Peace and Health.
It had been 13 miles since we launched too long still you learn.
A magical place, and slight winds and tide to take us back another long day but with a reward this time Mackerel caught for tea.
|Mike Webb branching out?|
|First catch of the day|
|Man on a rock|
|A very tame wood carved seal|
|Grubs up hey I have a bottle of white chilling does it get better|
|Views from Holy Island.|
|Assume its a large sand eel Ga caught a few and used one for bait, more mackerel for tea then,mmm|
|Pladda Island and Ailsa Craig|
|Lighthouse on Pladda Island|
|If its not a head then its some part of the boat he cuts off|
|Caves and waterfall to the right|
What a fantastic week, weather, accommodation, scenery, fresh fish, Porpoise, Otters, seals and of course great company we where so lucky, and the midges scale was about a scale 3/4 10 being unbearable thank you Arran