Kayaking on the Black Isle

We are lucky enough to have some great coastline near where we stay on the Black Isle of Scotland. There is a mix of coastal cliffs, beaches with some nice towns such as Cromarty and Fortrose. We have some oil rigs parked here as well and cruise liners come into the Cromarty Firth at Invergordon.

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Returning to Cromarty
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Cave near north sutor
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Resting at a beach near Eathie bothy
surreal kayaking round the oil rigs in Cromarty firth
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Weather out from Fortrose!




Sea kayaking in Scotland

This summer we have had some kayak trips around the Scottish coast. Scotland provides great opportunities for scenery and adventures with kayaks. The photos give an example from the north eastern coastline near Buckie.


Bow Fiddle rock near Portknockie
Bow Fiddle rock from the seaward side
Paddling into Portsoy
The remains of Findlater castle
Natural arch near Cullen beach

Hayduke training….

We¬†were out yesterday on our local coast from Rosiemarkie to Cromarty on a 21 mile walk. This is a very sheltered area and tends to receive better weather than the mainland to the west.Lots to see including sea birds, geology of the great glen fault, fossils and footprints from the elusive otters around here. The terrain is varied too from sand, rock hopping, some cross-country, single track, single lane road and jeep track. We can’t train for the temperatures of the Hayduke though, we had a cool 3-6 C yesterday, we are expecting temps up to 35 C out in the Grand Canyon!

Here’s a quote from Edward Abbey, the Hayduke Trail is named after a character from his fictional book ‘the Monkey Wrench Gang’ – well worth a read!

“In the first place you can’t see anything from a car; you’ve got to get out of the
goddamned contraption and walk, better yet crawl, on hands and knees, over the sandstone and through the thornbush and cactus. When traces of blood begin to mark your trail you’ll see something, maybe.”

Edward Abbey