Return from St Kilda.

In yesterdays blog we had to leave St Kilda early due to incoming bad weather. Murdo our skipper got it right but it was a very a v journey. I retreat to my bunk as the Cuma heaved and was battered by the storm. I think we got some shelter after several attempts at about 0300. Great seamanship again by Murdo and Gary.

We anchored here after a wild journey.

After two late nights sailing and a great breakfast 4 of us went on to the Island of Little Bernairaigh and enjoyed the stunning beaches and the walk. Little Bernera is a small island situated off the west coast of the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides. Little Bernera lies between the sea lochs of West and East Loch Roag, immediately to the north of Great Bernera. The island rises to a height of 42 metres and has an area of 138 hectare’s.

Grand beaches .

It was lovely being ashore and despite the odd shower we had sun and wind. Typical West coast weather. There are huge dunes and beaches we had a good wander.

We visited the old church what a situation overlooking the sea. The island is uninhabited but a special place to be. The rest went on and I dragged behind enjoying the solitude and beauty of such a place.

The Church

It was then head back to the inflatable and back to the Cuma. The weather has changed and on that short journey I got soaked and was glad to get back on board.

As usual last “Waiting for me”

It was a change and some lunch then feeling weary I had a nap. Two others went out later in the afternoon but the rest had an easy day. We moved anchorage again due to the weather and have only one day left now before we leave on Friday.

A bit of light at the end of the day.

It’s incredible watching the weather change and how little I know of the sea and it’s ways. I have always respected the sea from sea cliff climbing. Yet in a small boat you are at the mercy of the elements. It makes you feel very small but also very privileged to be here.

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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