On Sunday 10th October in a SW breeze, we launched Mingulay, our beautiful 22 ft wooden, clinker built St Ayle’s skiff, on the calm waters of Airds Bay on Loch Etive. Passing through the Bonawe Quarry narrows which are a melange of currents and output from the River Awe, and on the flood of the tide we rowed up in the direction of Glencoe. We rowed at a steady pace in fast moving water past Sgeir Lag Choan where the seals were basking and turned north by Rubha na Creige and rowed in calmer waters across to the east side and Inverliver bay where we had a brief stop. Heading north back into open water we passed the seal island but they were all out!
Again, rowing north with magnificent views of the Glen Etive Munros and dramatic scenery on both coastlines, we headed over to the west side and beached at Port Ban. After apple cake (made with local apples), by one of the Taynuilt rowers, and due to worsening weather conditions, we rowed off into a brisk westerly wind and headed south back down Loch Etive. After passing Cadderlie we hugged the west coastline with 20 mins of heavy squally rain and brisk winds. This cleared as fast as it came in, allowing us to cross over the narrows and back to the safety of Airds Bay.
Loch Awe Coastal rowing club is a community club based at Taychreggan on Loch Awe, from where we run regular rowing sessions. In good weather we enjoy longer expedition rows from Oban, Taynuilt, Loch Fyne or Port Appin – anywhere which is towable. Please get in touch to find out more and come for a row. It is such fun.