An early start on the morning after the solstice, from Sandwick in South Ronaldsay to Saint Margaret's Hope.
with my fabulous new paddle from Joe O Blenis!
Not only beautiful to look at but exactly the measurements to fit me and very satisfying to paddle with.
|looking sooth towards the Pentland Firth|
|incredible sandstone rock striations|
Reassuringly we passed plenty of nesting seabirds around Harrabrough Head,
|approaching the Altar|
and felt the tide gently but effectively draw us north as we left the Altar.
|from inside the Altar.|
Across Widewall Bay and past Hoxa Head.
we eventually arrived in Cromarty Square in The Hope.
The first 15 km of many with my new stick.