29th May was an uninspiring grey day. The sea was grey, the sky was grey, even the wind couldn't be bothered to blow. I set off from a small beach just north of Oban with the plan to paddle round Lismore Island.
Approaching the north end of the island and still hardly a breath of wind. Perfect paddling conditions.
The small passenger ferry crosses from here to Port Appin on the mainland.
This little bay looks a lot more peacefull in the picture than reality. It's full of fish farm activity but perhaps the old of limekilns are a relic of a more industrial past. I stopped here for a well earned lunch break before pressing on down the east side of the island into an increasing headwind.
Castle Coeffin, just a ruin now but I can't help wondering why the area has so many castles. Dunollie castle is close to where I set out, Tirefour castle is on the east side of Lismore and Achadun castle is further south on the west coast.
Finally rounding Rubha Fiart at the southern most point of Lismore there was a welcome tide race.
All that remained was to cover the last 8km back to Camus Ban where I started.
This wasn't the most inspiring coastline I have paddled along but it is aways satisfying to paddle around something and complete the circle. Total of 43 km padddled.