We'd been looking forward to landing on Inishail to see the ancient chapel remains and graveyard which has some really old gravestones and is the final resting place of some of the Dukes of Argyll.
Thursday, 28 November 2013
A few weeks ago when Sean and I joined Graeme to paddle on Loch Ba (http://jurassic-chris.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/loch-ba.html ) I watched Graeme tackle a few sections of moving water in his canoe and it sparked my curiosity to have a try myself. Fast forward a week and Graeme and I met up at the car park for Kilchurn castle on Loch Awe. We quickly transferred my canoe to Graeme's car then (leaving my car at the castle) drove up to Dalmally. We offloaded the boats, got geared up and ready to get on the water.
Sunday, 17 November 2013
For years I've looked at Loch Ba as I've driven across Rannoch Moor on the way north and wondered what it would be like to explore. Today Graeme, Sean and I found out. We met at the newly completed road bridge over the river Ba and carried (and dragged) the canoes down to the water's edge.
It's very easy to become disorientated as the loch meanders, narrows and widens but soon we noticed the water flowing indicating that we were approaching the start of the Abhainn Ba (the river that flows out of Loch Ba eastwards and into Loch Laidon). Graeme and I had walked to this point back in January when we explored Loch Laidon (http://jurassic-chris.blogspot.co.uk/2013_01_01_archive.html ). We beached the canoes and had a quick bite to eat while Graeme decided whether or not to attempt running the river.
Graeme decided to run the first part of the river on the basis that he'd have to drag his canoe back up across the moor which would be time consuming if he went too far. Sean and I followed him down the bank watching and taking photos.
Once he'd reached a wider pool at the bottom of the first section of the river Graeme turned round and paddled and hauled his boat back up.
Once back at the outflow we set off back against the current towards the main loch. Sean dragged my canoe up some of the bits that were too shallow to paddle tandem (as he had his drysuit on).
Once we'd negotiated the shallows it was back in the boat and head back towards the largest island, Eilean Molach.
We landed on Eilean Molach on a nice sandy beach and had a wander round the lovely wooded isle.
Once back on the water we followed the southern shore back towards our put in at the bridge.