Lismore 20-22nd April 2018

Lismore 20-22nd April 2018

Eight of us turned up to Camp on Eilean na Caorach on the Friday night. Tents up food consumed followed by the usual banter an ascent to the islands highest point rewarded us with clear views all around. On Saturday morning we meet up with the final two of our group at Port Appin from there heading off to Lismore to make our way down to the lighthouse stopping on the way for nibbles. After making our way around the lighthouse we had lunch followed by a walk through the grounds.David Grieve kindly recited the legend of the Lady rock were by the Lairds wife was bound to the rock to drown, her punishment for not bearing children. Our guest paddler was so excited about this legend she insisted on a reenactment of this tale. One of our members obliged her by tying her to a convenient pole whilst she gave instructions on how tight the knots were to be. Cultural event over photographs taken we headed back to the boats for our last leg of the journey to the bothy at Grogan Dubh. On arrival, we were surprised to find two wood-burning stoves and a nice warm bothy. The farmer and his wife came down to greet us. As the farm has a shop we ordered up sausages, burgers, and eggs for breakfast. Simon gave us a demonstration of his coffee making skills by firstly demonstrating his adjustable grinder followed by his thirty-second plunger. Simon its good to share. The following day Sunday the weather was to build up to F/6 from the south so we beat a retreat straight to the Port Appin Hotel for coffee and cake. A great weekend.

David Towsey