As some visitors to the area may already know, Gavin Maxwell the shark hunter, war time agent, adventurer and, famous author of several books including his autobiography, Ring of Bright Water, lived here for some time following the Second World War. Sandaig Bay and the surrounding area, where Maxwell’s house of Camusfeàrna used to stand, this must have arrested his imagination because he went on to immortalise the area several times over in his “Otter books.”
This relaxing cruise with Minch Adventures aims to recapture some of the magic conveyed in Maxwell’s accounts of the area and to allow visitors to experience some of it for themselves. The tour offers a day of landscapes and seascapes, great wildlife and fishing opportunities; along with gaelic whisky & gin tasting at Isleornsey, Isle of Skye.
The day out includes: a boat trip to Sandaig itself, where there is the opportunity to swim in the bright waters of the bay, to comb along the beach at your leisure or stretch out on the pebbles and listen to the plangent sound of the waves. Taking advantage of the relaxed pace of the day, we often take the chance at Sandaig to have a small picnic or barbeque, cooking either something we’ve brought or perhaps more excitingly, anything we’ve managed to catch in the bay, off the side of the boat.
Otters are a not uncommon sight in the estuaries, beaches and rivers of the area. There is a chance to spot some when visiting Edal the otter memorial or on a walk that follows the river inland, through banks of sun shot woods, to the waterfall which Maxwell called “perhaps the most enduring symbol of Camusfeàrna.” As with a great many of the trips and cruises offered by Minch Adventures, we offer our visitors a wide range of possibilities, including the opportunity to enjoy some sea fishing at various locations for large spur dogs which are a small type of shark and, intriguingly, to pull up creels for themselves, looking for crabs, lobsters and other crustaceans.