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Sunday, 27 September 2015

Isle of May

The Isle of May lies in the Firth of Forth roughly 8 km off the Fife coast and roughly a 25 km round trip. It is 1.8 km long and less than half a km wide and a classic sea kayak trip on the East coast. We met at 9 am in Anstruther harbour at low tide...
 ... and over the day paddled this route. Not too much deviation as the tidal streams are not too strong. 
 Here we are about to launch our boats...
 ... and here we leave the Fife coast with Anstruther in the distance.
 Short break on the water...
 ... with very easy navigation. 
 The trip is potentially serious as it is an open water crossing but we had perfect conditions. Sun, hardly any wind and a well matched team. 
 The birds were already gone so we could paddle close to the cliffs... 
 ... which looked great when seen with climbers goggles.
 We went around the Southern tip of the island to land at Kirk Haven on the Eastern side. 
 Big open, summery skies...
 We left towards Fife and numerous seals were following us checking us out from the surface...
 ... and from below. 
 Here Katie and Robbie and a Mackerel fisherman in a wee boat. 
 Robbie close to Anstruther...
 ... and here is Katie returning to the harbour at high tide = less kayak carrying. 
 Summer on the beach...
 ... at the end of one of the best days of the year!
HW

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