view from Stroma over the Swilkie

The sea and currents around the Orkney islands can be very traitorous even if you are a well trained seakayaker. In this post our adventures on the crossing between Stroma and Swona.

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listening to the VHF radio for the weatherforcast

While listening to the weather forecast on the hand-held VHF radio, I imagine what the reader looks like. By just listening to their voices I imagine what they must look like in real life. I want to share my imaginations with you.

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Charlotte in kayak with basking shark close to South Uist

‘Are you sane?’ she asks when we tell her we will round the Mull of Kintyre the next day. We are not surprised by the question, ‘Is that not dangerous?’ It is regularly asked when we arrive somewhere with our kayaks. People and especially my mother-in-law, think that we risk our lives when we go…

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Charlotte in the waves

Right in the middle of some of Europe’s most treacherous waters of the Pentland Firth lay the islands of Stroma and its smaller sister Swona. They are our stepping stones between the mainland Scotland and the islands of Orkney. We have already made the passage from mainland to Stroma. In order to get from Stroma…

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Two fishing boats at low tide in Portree, Skye

“Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe- When you step into the unknown, for example, like the journey in the first year, it is so pleasing to collect knowledge. Knowledge has the power to break the feelings of anxiety and unease. It seems…

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