Gavin Maxwell, the shark hunter, wartime agent, adventurer, and famous author of several books, including his autobiography, Ring of Bright Water, lived here for a time after the Second World War, as some visitors to the area may already be aware. Sandaig Bay and the surrounding area, where Maxwell’s Camusfeàrna house once stood, must have captured Maxwell’s imagination because he went on to immortalise the area several times in his “Otter books.”
This relaxing cruise with Minch Adventures aims to capture some of the magic described in Maxwell’s accounts of the area and allow visitors to experience some of it for themselves. The tour includes a day of landscapes and seascapes, as well as great wildlife and fishing opportunities, as well as gaelic whisky and gin tasting at Isleornsey on the Isle of Skye.
The day out includes a boat ride to Sandaig itself, where you can swim in the clear waters of the bay, comb the beach at your leisure, or stretch out on the pebbles and listen to the crashing waves. Taking advantage of the slower pace of the day, we frequently have a small picnic or barbeque at Sandaig, cooking either something we’ve brought or, more excitingly, anything we’ve managed to catch in the bay, off the side of the boat.
Otters are a common sight in the area’s estuaries, beaches, and rivers. Some can be seen when visiting the Edal the otter memorial or on a walk that follows the river inland, through wooded banks, to the waterfall that Maxwell described as “perhaps the most enduring symbol of Camusfeàrna.” As with many of Minch Adventures’ trips and cruises, we provide our visitors with a variety of options, including the opportunity to enjoy some sea fishing at various locations for large spur dogs, which are a small type of shark, and, more intriguingly, to pull up creels for themselves, looking for crabs, lobsters, and other crustaceans.
Private charter price £950.00