We woke not sure what we would see, after a thick chilly fog formed late yesterday evening, but it was a lovely sunny morning with good visibility.  We left Rona’s beautiful harbour after a leisurely breakfast (and another swim for some), passing through Caol Rona, the stretch of water separating Rona and Raasay. 

Swimming at Acarseid Mhor

The wind was very light and we motored down the Inner Sound, heading south.  We dropped anchor for lunch just off the pretty village of Applecross on the mainland, holding childhood memories for Jonathan as a place in the far north, but today – and in the warm sunshine – it felt like the far south! After lunch we hoisted the gennaker and sailed very gently onwards. The Skye bridge came into sight – an elegant arch joining the island to the mainland – and the wind direction changed so we ended up motoring under the bridge, directly into the wind, rather than sailing through.

Skye bridge from Kyleakin

After two months of almost total isolation, today we saw noticeably more leisure boats on the water and when we reached Kyleakin, just under the bridge on the Skye side the visitor moorings were full and the pontoons we had hoped to moor at also looked packed.  However, we were hailed from the pontoon by a friendly local who told is it would be fine to raft up against the glass-bottomed trip boat, so we gratefully did so.  Ben and Sally were leaving us early the next morning so getting on shore easily was a priority.  After a quick shower on the boat (we haven’t used our boat shower before, and it was a welcome luxury) we wandered into the small village of Kyleakin in the sunshine to find a meal at the local pub. Over dinner we could see north beyond the bridge to where we had come from and the sun setting behind the mountains was spectacular.

  • Distance: 23 nm. Motored 3hrs sailed 3 hours
  • Wind: NE/SE var 3-4


On our passage ‘Around These Islands’ Anne is writing about each trip, and Jonathan is writing some more ‘technical’ blogs, from our perspective as ordinary cruising sailors. We are sharing what we’ve learned, and welcome your thoughts too. Please remember that this blog – and your comments – are public.

There’s also a special focus on 12 key ports on our planned route, with articles from These Islands and a series of podcasts from Chrome Media called ‘Around These Islands in 12 Ports’.


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