Cooling off in Skye -what a heat.

Cooling off in Skye what a heat.

All things must come to an end in Skye and I forgot to say that the boys Raz and Scouse managed to finish there last Munro. They had a huge day and ran out of water on Sgurr Nan Eag, they were both really tired as they struggled off Garbh Beinn and back to Coruisk.   The last bit was torturous as they tried to find water on the parched ridge, after a quick drink we headed for the river and sat enjoying the sun until late when the midges came out. A few kids had come off the boats in the bay and were enjoying the river, using the wee waterfalls as a flume. They had driven parents daft wanting one more shot before bed. All day the river had been full with kids and adults enjoying the water as the ferries dropped of the tourists for the day.  I cannot deny I was with them it was fantastic. What a way for kids to enjoy the wild, in wet suits having fun outside and fearless as they laughed and enjoyed the river. Poor Raz had one go on the river but his feet were so painful once was enough. What memories we all will have and we sat in the peace and quite savoring the day. 

Raz - the new Munroists on Sgurr Nan Eag.

Raz – the new Munroists on Sgurr Nan Eag.

It was the end of a great trip and we had a few drinks to re hydrate, every one was tired and Donna had cleaned the hut and it was immaculate. It was still so warm at night it was incredible and I went of to my tent which was a bit cooler, watching the moonbeams on Loch Scavaig, it was surreal with the light hitting the loch like huge spotlights. Then a few midges arrived and I was soon asleep and slept well. Next day was a tidy up and get ready for our boat the Bella Jane to collect us at midday. The weather was still incredible and we were back to the river for breakfast. All the gear was taken the to the jetty along with all the rubbish that we had found in the hut. The views were outstanding as the boats in the bay all went off to another adventure in this wonderful West Coast.

Boats in the bay at Coruisk

Boats in the bay at Coruisk, the summit of Sgurr Dubh Mor in the background,

It was the usual welcome as we loaded the Bella Jane with all our kit and rubbish collected and we loaded the ferry up much to the amusement of the skipper and passengers. We were soon away passing all the wild life and great views of this incredible place. I had a chat with the skipper and enjoyed the views. We were soon back at the jetty which was mobbed with visitors all going out on trips, many would never have seen anything like it or ever will. This was truly the magic of Skye and all that was left was along tiring drive home. A scorched Scotland, what a trip worth all the effort and a reminder that these wild places must be treated with respect, love and care.

The Bella Jane

The Bella Jane. Full of visitors ready to have the trip of a lifetime.





About heavywhalley.MBE

Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 37 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 3 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer when body slows, loves the wild places.
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2 Responses to Skye

  1. Raz says:

    Heavy, you should send this link to the Bella Jane website


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