Sunday, 7 August 2011
Kayaking the west coast of Pabaigh Mor
Our last day onboard Cuma started with sunny spells. After breakfast, Gary weighed anchor and Murdani took us out of Loch Reasort and turned north up the west coast of Lewis. There was a heavy swell running all the way up, especially rounding Gallan Head. We anchored again in sheltered water off the village of Bhaltos, our plan was to kayak around the north end of Pabaigh Mor (big island of the priests) and make our way back to meet Cuma at her berth in Miabhaig.
We were soon on the water, launching from Cuma for the last time on our trip. Heading across The Caolas Pabaigh we were drawn to some of the caves on the west side of Pabaigh Mor. The swell finding its way in from the open ocean meant that there were cave monsters lurking at the back of these!
Heading north we soon met the full force of the Atlantic swell roaring onto the rocky north coast of Pabaigh Mor. It was exciting paddling for a short distance, then we turned and made a slightly awkward, surfing approach to a narrow channel. The channel contained rocks over which the swell was surging so good timing was needed to pass safely.
The change was immediate and dramatic. Between Pabaigh Mor and Pabaigh Beag is a lagoon of calm, sheltered water fringed with sandy beaches. As we entered, the sun came out and we were treated to a wonderul sight