Torridon Sea Tours

Lunch in Rona harbour

Gemma on board with Torridon Mountains behind

New to Shieldaig for 2010 is the Seaflower – a luxurious, purpose built catamaran, run by a father & daughter partnership – Gemma & Kenny Livingstone. Torridon Sea Tours take visitors out on 1 hour evening trips around Loch’s Shieldaig & Torridon,  3 hour trips often involving the underwater camera and  weekly full day trips, which this year, have been out to the Island of Rona.
They are members of WISE – an accredited Wildlife safe operator, operating in Loch Torridon, the only Marine Stewardship Council managed Loch on the West Coast.
My trip out to Rona today was fabulous. A sunny calm day, good company & a well stocked boat. This time of year whales can be seen around the Inner Sound & the Minch; we spotted Minke whale, porpoise & common dolphins along with seals, shags, guillemots & numerous other sea birds including a skua. Once over to Rona we had about 2 hours to explore – some folk went to Church Cave where rocks formed the seats for the congregation & another rock a font which constantly fills naturally. I chose to climb to the highest point where I was rewarded with a 360 degree panoramic view – basalt cliffs of Skye, the Shiants, Raasay, Torridon mountains & Applecross peninsular, just spectacular.

Back on board & a delicious lunch had been laid out for our return, Shieldaig langoustine, hot & cold locally smoked salmon, a salad grown on Rona , washed down with water & wine. Timely cups of tea & coffee regularly appeared along with home baked rock cakes & tablet.

Kenny’s knowledge, through many years of fishing these waters, is used to great effect & this is a fantastic way to see Shieldaig from a watery perspective, the wide ranging geological phenomenon and if you are lucky a variety of marine birds & mammals. With the plethora of bird & marine life here, there is usually something to spot whatever time of the year – but these are not specifically wildlife watching cruises – it’s more about the very comfortable boat journey, the views from the boat, Kenny & Gemma’s intimate knowledge of the area & the serendipity of what you may come upon!

Time just slipped by, but the memories of a great day will remain. Thank you Gemma & Kenny for such a wonderful experience.

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~ by Aurora Bed and Breakfast on September 3, 2010.

 
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