A slender weather window in the building autumnal pattern of Atlantic low pressure areas offered the chance to do some sea kayaking in one of my favourite areas - Assynt.
Starting at 6am from home and a steady drive with a stop for breakfast saw me on the water at Inverkirkaig before 11am. The last 20 miles of this journey take over an hour on the twisting and very narrow road which leads north from Coigach. Inverkirkag is a good launch spot but there's very limited parking on the shore. Often it's necessary to drop boats and kit and then park at the car park a kilometer to the east up the River Kirkaig. The other factor to be aware of is that the tide here goes out quite some distance!
It pays to look behind you as you paddle out of Loch Kirkaig. The presence of Suilven (Old Norse - Pillar Mountain) dominates the bay but is hidden from the shore by a ridge behind the houses.
Rounding Rubha na Breige and heading south, I paddled out into Enard Bay with the silhouettes of some more of Assynt's distinctive hills ahead. From left to right are Cul Mor, Stac Pollaidh and Beinn an Eoin.
Following the indented and intricate coastline of Enard Bay gives some great kayaking among lovely scenery and a couple of surprising sights too. Tucked at the head of a small bay in Loch an Eisg-Brahcaidh, this bridge spans a rocky shelf behind which is a tidal pool. At this stage of the tide a small waterfall is formed, which on approaching........
......reveals a gorgeous Infinity Pool!