Eilean Shona

The intention had been a circumnavigation of Lismore over 2 days. As we launched into the Sound of Shuna it quickly became apparent that the Northerly wind over tide conditions would be too testing; we paddled safely back to shore, tail between our legs and a few lessons learnt. Time for another plan.

After a night resting at Resipole campsite we headed for Eilean Shona.  What a superb paddle this is. It has a bit of everything…


Launching from near Castle Tioram and paddled on the ebb tide down Loch Moidart’s South channel.


The locals kept a watchful eye on us.


We came across fresh otter tracks, but sadly saw no otter.


As we turned North heading for the open ocean the view opened out across to The Small Isles and as always, Rum holds my attention, spell bound.


Soon we were upon the North Channel, it’s entrance discreetly hidden and blending into the landscape. We paddled on and with the tide still on the ebb and aware that the upper reaches of Loch Moidart would be drying, we decided on a portage. Riska Island looked stunning, Spring having only just arrived.


Having paddled against the tide we were tired, but soon we were upon Castle Tioram again, having come full circle.



About Andy Harpur

Interests : The Scottish Highlands, The Pennine Alps, The Milky Way, Abbot Ale, Mountaineering, Climbing, Mountain Biking, Canoeing, Sea Kayaking, Astronomy, Guitar, Penny Whistle. I live and breath for the outdoor lifestyle. New places, new faces, new adventures....
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2 Responses to Eilean Shona

  1. sambadog says:

    how long did this trip take you?

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