We’ve had a pretty busy start to the 2019 season but it hasn’t been all work and no play. A couple of weeks ago we were lucky to join a trip out to Eileach an Naoimh one of the Garvellachs an archipelago in the firth of Lorne to the south west of Seil.
The weather has been kind to us this month and we had a glorious day for our trip, just as well as we had to make what is known as a “hard landing” from our Seafari RIB ! Everyone made it onto the island even though there was a bit of scrambling over the rocks before we could walk to the first of the ancient sites on the island.
Eileach an Naoimh is the site of the oldest monastery buildings in Scotland, built in about 542. There are also very well preserved beehive cells, thought to have been occupied by the monks.
The island is linked to St Brendon, St Columba and a grave high above the monastery is said to be that of Eithne, mother of Columba.
We climbed to the trig point and up to the light beacon, I had a paddle in the inlet which the monks used as a harbour, and we enjoyed a picnic looking out over the sea. We tried to walk around the coast to view the natural arches but even the most intrepid of our group (not me) failed to quite reach them.
Luckily for us all our skipper took us past them on our return journey
A beautiful day out, if you get the chance to visit you should.
Sorry, can’t guarantee the sunshine. X