Exploring Rona & on to Sheildaig
Trip Start May 06, 2008
130Trip End Sep 30, 2008
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After a steep scramble, Paul elected to climb higher off the path and go up to a stone cairn, Mel decided to stay put and we opted to follow, what we thought was the sign's directions, to the Church Cave, thinking that Paul would follow on
The Church Cave dates to the time before the islanders on Rona had a church and they continued to have their children baptised in it long after they had a more suitable venue. Inside the cave there is a large rock that served as the pulpit and water dripped into a depression nearby, which served as a font whilst rows of stones were used as pews for the congregation. As I said, Paul found this cave but sadly his camera was set on video so I have no photo to show, apart from one of the entrance taken from the sea (see picture)
Once reunited, we returned to the boat, passing some lovely highland cattle en route and we were soon on our way to Loch Shieldaig, leaving the enchanting Rona at around mid-day
The journey north eastwards to the entrance of Loch Torridon was fairly uneventful apart from the brief sighting of a whale - we have no idea what the species was, it was too far away but it was sizeable, judging by the length of back that was expsed as it sounded. Possibly a minke again. By the time we'd arrived and anchored in Loch Shieldaig, in the shelter of the island of Shieldaig and off the village of Shieldaig itself (not very imaginative in their use of names around here!) at 16:45, the weather was closing in so we elected to stay and eat on the boat. Julie cooked and excellent spaghetti bolognaise and we had Scottish strawberries to follow. That with lashings of wine should have meant a good night's sleep, but the thrashing about of the boat on the anchor, coupled with the howling of the wind and the drumming of the rain, meant that at least one member of the crew felt somewhat jaded and not in the mood for blogging the next day.