Island Exploring

Trip Start May 22, 2009
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Trip End Feb 16, 2010


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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

What is this glowing orb up in the sky which giveth heat to the skin?  What a strange abnormality waking to blue sky and sunshine!

Day 2 staying in the same place, we had to furiously fight against the urge to just lay around and snooze all day after coffee number one and coffee number two.  Debated over the idea of cycling out to the oldest iron foundry, but then thought that the 20km each way might be a bit excessive for a 'rest day'.  Besides, Brian will be seeing another foundry in action this weekend at the Forge-In.  So instead we went to the little island of Kerrera.  I've nicknamed this 'poor man's island' since we were too cheap to go out to any of the busy tourist islands.  This one was right on budget.  A close ride - only 4 or 5 minutes on a little barge that carried maybe a dozen people at a time.  There are 'scheduled' times, but you're to turn the signal board when you want to cross and he'll come over and get you ;)  Even the fare doesn't get paid until your return trip.  Perfect for us!

This is a great little island with only a few inhabitants, and the pathss connecting the homes are basically 4x4 tracks weaving in and around the hills througout the island.  A mild form of mountain biking, I quite enjoyed the change - bikes with no load! 

Working our way around to the South end of the island you can basically go wherever you want, just as long as you close the gates behind you so the sheep don't get in the wrong places!  Coming to the end we cam over a little rise, and into view came Gylen Castle.  Set up on magnificant rocks staring out to sea.  It was hard not to think about being a Lord or Lady of the house waking and walking out on a beautiful morning like this one.  Staring out at the land around them from the top of the castle they'd built.  A carefully kept tower house is in fairly good form, although most of the castle complex around is gone.  Fine carvings in the rock can still be seen around the windows which make for enchanting details.  But it's the setting which is the most remarkable.  You really feel isolated and remote on this rugged shorline.  With few tourists it's even better.  We had a lovely picnic and soaked up the sun!
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Where I stayed
Rose View Camping and Caravaning Park

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