Fearnmore to Redpoint – Section 5 | Day 11

Today we have to cross about five miles of open sea at the mouth of Loch Torridon, and land at Redpoint. We had planned to land at the west facing beach there but the wind is NW and strong enough to raise surf at that beach.

We may have to land at the beach to the south even though it means a walk to get to the road.

It will be a tough row focussed entirely on the goal, which is to claw our way north to the next headland across an exposed loch entrance. The wind is blowing waves in from the open Minch, and the next land upwind is Harris 30 miles away. Our bale-out options are Fearnmore, where we were last night, or the more sheltered bay at Kenmore about four miles up Loch Torridon on the Applecross side.

It takes us two hours of hard rowing by which time the waves have built to the point where the west facing beach is definitely not an option. We get into the lee of Red Point and approach the south facing beach. In the sudden calm the sun comes out and everything is relaxed. We land on the white sand and admire the beach and dunes. There is a little island off the beach called Eilean Tioram, exactly the same name as the wee island at Fearnmore. It means Dry Island, an island only at high tide.

Although it is only lunchtime we do not feel up to rowing further in this wind especially as the next shelter is seven or eight miles away at Badachro, so we picnic on the beach and await our transport. It is Shieldaig’s last day so we give them a hug (socially distanced, of course) and bid farewell.

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