It was all planned to coincide with Spring tides and the falls of Lora. But when we arrived, ready for some sport on the waves, it was blowing a houlie! So we decided to change plan. We went to the campsite at Gallanachmore just south of Oban, and pitched in the rain. Fortunately it eased, and we had a wonderful paddle up the Sound of Kerrera, and round Oban Bay. We considered jousting with the Calmac ferry, but hid and ran away at the right moments!
Oban Bay is very scenic. Once back at camp, we cooked up, and had an early night.
Next day, it dawned bright and dry. The times wouldn't allow us another crack at the Falls of Lora, but we had a look from the bridge, and decided we must come back! When we took a look, the water was running the wrong way for sea kayak surfing!
We continued to Shuna Sound, just north of Castle Stalker, parked up, and launched from a bank of seaweed.
We paddled anti-clockwise passing a pair of sea kayakers breaking camp on the west side of Shuna, before threading through a series of skerries and islands to reach Lismore. The views to Mull and Ardgour were fantastic. Gradually we worked our way up the East shore of Lismore, sensing the tide beginning to turn. We found a fine beach to picnic on, before breaking out into the Lynn, and rounding the South end of Eilean Dubh Mor. Seals, more seals, seals galore!
Having made the turn North, we ran before wind and tide and it seemed effortless. Appreciating that Loch Creran would have a strong inward flow, we ferry glided across its entrance to a wee skerry on its North side. Aahh! Not quite it's North side! We found a wide sweep of water pouring from the bay of Appin back southward into Loch Creran. More ferry gliding, and much vigour required to pull clear. We regrouped once clear, and paddled on to circumnavigate Castle Stalker. The castle looked very lived in, and the lights were on. A final pull through the the sound, passing beautiful yachts, and we were done. A grand day out.