After the excitement of seeing the eagle we went to one of the sea stacks on Canna’s coast. Apparently the rock at the top rests on only three points and, as you can see on the photo below there is daylight showing underneath. It has been in that position for the last 60 years! With 120 miles per hour winds during winter storms it must be superglued in place.
A little further on there was another geological feature to admire.
We then went ashore in one of the best natural harbours of Scotland, for a cup of excellent coffee and a sandwich. The sun made it a very pleasant break from the pounding of the RIB on the waves.
After having a look at some seals we then started the crossing to Rum. This rock just outside Canna harbour is one of the few places where Common and Grey Seals can be found at the same time. The one below is a Grey Seal.
After making sure there were no French customers aboard our guide introduced the next destination as a monument to French seamanship. Apparently most of the crew of the Jack Abry II, from Lorient, were asleep during a bad storm last year and the guy on watch had dozed off as well. They were all woken up when the trawler hit some rocks on the north coast of Rum. It took a very brave Canadian female helicopter pilot from the Stornoway coastguard to get all the men off safely in a howling gale. The rotor blades were only inches from the waves at one point during the rescue. Apparently the captain had previously been involved in another shipwreck, during which eight people lost their lives. This time he got off with a £3,000 fine and as is not economically viable to salvage the wreck it is left to disintegrate below the cliffs of Rum.
While we were being told this story we had a visitor flying over our heads:
During the trip back home we found out that Michael Nyman’s soundtrack to the film The Piano is an excellent accompaniment to the magnificent Skye landscapes.