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Crossing the Minch

Crossing the Minch | Click photo to enlarge

Originally uploaded by arctica

Now there’s a good name for a tune! We crossed from Canna to Barra in
fine weather, losing sunshine only for a spell, which reminded us how
chilly it can be on the water in a northerly breeze so early in the
season. Incidents during the trip – being buzzed by three jet fighters
engaged in dogfighting practice, and sighting a couple of dolphins.
Landfall was made at Muldoanich, and the channel markers followed in to
Castlebay (photo) with its handy visitors’ moorings. Today we took the
bus west-about up to the airfield and watched the arrival and departure
of the Glasgow/Barra/Benbecula flight, which lands on the beach at low
tide, before walking to Eoligarry and along Traigh Scurrival, a mile and
a half long beach of white sand with wonderful views out to offlying
islands, Eriskay and South Uist. We completed the round-island trip by
bussing east-about back to Castlebay.

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