For many years I’ve planned to return to Beareraig Bay and sail up from Holm to the Kilt Rock. I sailed over here about 8 to ten years ago it was a beautiful day but I had no camera. The rocks and landscape are very special, not many tourists see it from this angle and often they pass it but only look out for the Old Man of Storr.
I had Calum with me who is very acquaint with this area having sailed and fished there many times over the years, so it was a bit of a tourist day out with my own guide.
My Old friends Ronnie, Fraser MacDonald from Dingwall (HEB) used to visit this area often for work and tell many stories about it when I lived in Maryburgh, at last I could take time to take them in. A fascinating place.The rock formations and geology were quite breathtaking, to sail slowly along the coast, it would have been good to go ashore and spend more time here and there but the rain had other ideas. We went ashore at Rigg to see the rocks close up and to look for a landing stage where I could pick up friends. I was surprised to see how much erosion there was. We landed by an old Salmon station I guess and the sea was slowly claiming it back.
This cliff face had certainly changed since Calum’s last visit and with the rockfall we were able to see the signs of fossils in quite a few of the rocks. It is quite overwhelming to stand there and to take in just how old the geology here is.There were many Belemnites and a few Ammonites nice to see them and wonder. More time in the near future and the rain not soaking the camera and there could have been some interesting finds. Next calm day!!!!If my camera has survived to-day’s soaking.The landing at Rigg was as Calum predicted, a natural pier. I have some friends coming from this area and had a thought to zip over and pick them up there. A wee scramble over the rocks and we will be good to go. A good Recce. A surprise when concentrating on finding fossils to see a ‘Burnet Moth’, on the shore resting on a rock, we see them on Rona occasionally but not for a long time. The red spots stuck out on a grey morning, lovely to see but am thinking the weather was not so good for it. The beach stones were also fascinating, we do not have many round stone beaches on Rona and certainly not any as interesting and colourful as this. Again if we had more time it would have been nice to stay. As it happened before we could go any further the rain really came on and with a very wet camera it was time to pull out. We had a big pod of Dolphins on the way home always a pleasure to see not so sure about the newfishfarm (camera and phone now too wet for a picture) off Rigg. I wonder how it will get on during the Northerly storms, although there were many anchors and rope about!Which reminds me that on arriving at Beareraig the first thing we saw was a fresh salmon jumping out of the water, the second a Sea Eagle with what we thought an Oystercatchers chick but it may have been a fish, whatever, it was a kill. Ten minutes later the Male Sea Eagle flew out from the shore in front of us. All in all a great trip out on a wet Sunday morning.