As some visitors to the area may already know, Gavin Maxwell, 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, must have arrested his imagination because he went on to immortalise the area several times over in his “Otter books.”
This relaxing day out 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, wildlife, fishing, gaelic whisky tasting at Isleornsey. Pràban na Linne, friends of Minch Adventures are the producers of The Gaelic Whiskies; they are a small niche whisky company on the Isle of Skye, focussing on quality. It remains one of the few independent businesses in the Scotch Whisky industry,.
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 and 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 the Maxwell memorial and 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.” The sun reaches the waterfall for only a short time in the afternoon but it forms a rainbow over the leaping spray and at the top of the fall between the boulders, it gives to the smooth-flowing unbroken water, the look of spun green glass.
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 and, intriguingly, to pull up creels for themselves, looking for crabs, lobsters and other crustaceans.