It’s amazing to see everyone out enjoying physical activities during these 16+ hours of sunlight. The people are determined to have a great time and willing to go to some extreme lengths to make it happen. I belong.
What activities are you excited to do this summer?
I’m not long home from my sailing trip round the Outer Hebrides. Seven nights on board the beautiful Stormdancer. I’ve not really sailed before so I hadn’t appreciated the skill involved - for me it just seems like magic being able to read the wind and waves and tides and charts. I learnt a fair few things (I now know what a windlass is and a painter and I can put an engine into neutral and if I’m asked to ease the mainsheet I know what that entails). But if I want to go any further with this sailing lark I will need more instruction. Oban Sailing Club here I come!! Another thing which I know sounds obvious but which I didn’t really think about is how much much easier it is to go in one direction rather than another on a yacht, so our trip was planned day to day according to the wind and tides and I lost count of how many times we listened to Stornoway coastguard giving the shipping forecast! We had a very small window to get to St Kilda so we set off from Gairloch on the mainland and crossed the Minch and the Sound of Harris and got 10Nm out into the Atlantic before we had to turn back. We ended up anchoring off the island of Taransay where we spent two nights and had lots of walks and of course a swim! I have so many photos from this trip I am feeling a bit overwhelmed but here are three from Taransay with more to come! #taransay#visitouterhebrides#outerhebrides#scotland#scotlandisnow#xt2#sailingscotland