Thursday, 24 October 2013

The Infinity Pool of Enard Bay

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! 

7 comments:

  1. Ian, the images are simply stunning, Suilven is more than breath-taking! An amazing place to paddle! One day...
    Warm wishes, Duncan and Joan.

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  2. Thanks D & J, we really must paddle there! :o)

    Kind Regards

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  3. Thanks Mia, I always think that Assynt is the most Norwegian-like part of Scotland - even the name is Old Norse...


    Kind Regards

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  4. You can of course paddle from that car park, down the river! If levels allow. It's entertaining in an 18ft boat! Lovely shots. And I always wanted to paddle under that bridge!
    Will

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  5. Now that possibility really hadn't occured to me Will, but you've definitely planted an idea there.... but; did you paddle back up to the car park too?!

    Kind Regards

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  6. No chance! We paddled the small rapid on the bend about halfway down, twice - great fun. It's on the blog from last April with some pics...does need a little water, as would be too bony otherwise
    Cheers

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