Saturday, 16 March 2013
Almost deserted beaches on the east coast of Rum
We left Loch Scresort and turned north to head up the east coast of the Isle of Rum. Our boats were heavy with kit and food for the anticipated five day journey and we'd also packed some nice "extras". Each of us had a boat trolley strapped in a bag on the back deck to assist in moving the boats. The backdrop as we paddled along was the mountains of Skye - which isn't too bad a view!
It was a little after the aftenoon low water and a day or so prior to spring tides; a small bonus was that the flood had started and we'd have a gentle push at our backs for the first couple of hours. The first part of this coast is rocky outcrops and scattered woods.
The first beach we passed was this one at Camas Pliasgaig, consisting mostly of pebbles. The action of the winter storms had created a series of terraces which must constantly shift through the year. At the edge of the beach some Red Deer were feeding on the exposed seaweed.
Some way further along we simply couldn't resist landing at a glorious sandy beach. It looked deserted....
But closer inspection revealed we weren't the first visitors of the afternoon.