Last two weeks in June...Scotland ?

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Sonnyrider
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We have the last couple of weeks in June booked off.

We were thinking the Uists, Harris, Lewis etc. Have van will travel :)

Is the wind there?

Or maybe Ireland?

Normally we go somewhere warm, but this year thought we would stay 'local'

I'm beginning to think maybe not such a good idea :roll: :lol:
Stevez
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I definitely find that july/august can have a lack of wind, apart from a sneaky easterly seabreeze sometimes.

If kiting is a must then maybe somewhere thermal would be more suitable. However there is a great community for wildcamping moho 's on FB and if your open to surf/sup too then it would be pretty aesthetically pleasing to say the least. :)

P.s. it was around 25C on Tiree 2 weeks ago, but everything is changeable up here lol.
John.B
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You never know up here - that time of year more likely 12m, but I've been lit on a 6m before and it really just depend on what is rolling in from the Atlantic. If you have a van and are flexible you'll pretty much wind wind somewhere so play it forecast and come visit some stunning spots :-)
Sonnyrider
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Cheers guys.

We've been a couple times, but never managed to score wind. Some stunning beaches \ scenery for sure. We both love it up there, the long sunsets are a sight. Remember being sat outside the pub at 10:30pm in Applecross eating some lobster and drinking beer in a surreal light :)

Met a 'few' midges at a camping spot next to a Loch 'down the road' from Fort William ;)

We were originally thinking drive up to Skye, catch the ferry across to Harris and drive back down through the Uists. Have been given a couple of good spots to camp. But ideally would like to kite.

But seeing as we are dependent on the fronts pushing through. Who knows what will happen.
ronnie
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Sonnyrider wrote:We have the last couple of weeks in June booked off.

We were thinking the Uists, Harris, Lewis etc. Have van will travel :)

Is the wind there?

Or maybe Ireland?

Normally we go somewhere warm, but this year thought we would stay 'local'

I'm beginning to think maybe not such a good idea :roll: :lol:
In Ireland, the Belmullet peninsula is one of the best spots because it offers all angles and probably clean wind - if the wind blows. The wind blowing will be unpredictable from more than a week ahead. It can also get good waves. The area is fairly flat with many spots to choose from. There is not much nightlife, and the Broadhaven Bay Hotel in Belmullet is good and is close to the kite spots.

http://se.kiteforum.com/kitesurf/spot/elly_beach
Sonnyrider
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Thanks Ronnie

I just zoomed out of the map and there's loads of spots listed :)
Sonnyrider
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Bringing this one back up.

We went to North Uist. Was a late call, waiting for the forecast. It showed wind on the Monday, for three days. So we thought FI, lets do it and play it by ear. We booked the Monday morning ferry on Sat morning. We set off mid afternoon on the Sat and drove to Just outside Glasgow, arriving early evening at a campsite.
This was the view we had driving away from the campsite on the sunday morning
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We had to be on the Isle of Skye sunday night to catch the 'early ferry from Uig to LochMaddy.
Driving through Scotland, you get these views. It was horrible :)
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We stopped off for a quick rest (Tea & cake) outside Fort William
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After picking up supplies from Fort William, we set off again for Skye.

Leaving the mainland over the bridge into Skye
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Monday morning and we're on the ferry leaving Uig
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1hr 30 later and we can see the Uists. South Uist to the left & North to the right
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We've arrived so go to the local cafe for some Wi-Fi and more Tea & cake
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Suitably fueled up, we set off along the really busy roads to the campsite we chose while we ate our cake.
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Sonnyrider
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Here is the campsite location
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And here is the sea Loch just across the road and over a little dune
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After setting up the awning, we looked at the map. (there was free Wi-Fi at the campsite, not the fastest, but we had interweb) Looking to see where we could kite for the afternoon, speaking with the lady who owned the campsite, we found a spot 1/2 a mile away along the track from the campsite.
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Wind wasn't bad to start. Started dropping off as the afternoon progressed.
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Here's the log of my route
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After we had changed out of our wetsuits, we had something to drink and ate some food, on the dune overlooking the bay. There were a couple of seals swimming around.
Life felt good :cool:
Sonnyrider
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We stayed from Monday 20th June to thursday 30th.

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Day two.
Was a little wet. From the usual drizzle to full on pissing it down.
Started on the 9m Wave, plenty of power and some nice waves to mess around in at both ends of the beach. Dropped off, so I finished off on the 12m.
Carrie was on her 9, then my 9, then the 12m.
Was a good spot tho' the rain only hammered down for about 20 mins, then went to drizzle.

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The track to this beach was a farm track, were it's easy in a 4x4 or tractor. The grass was cleaning the underside of the van. I had to drive slowly as I didn't want to ground the van. The last bit was too sandy to consider driving up.
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Sonnyrider
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Day three . . .

Was at Baleshare. A spot I do not know the name of, but it was just along from Teanamachar.
Another little farm track to get as close to the beach as we could.
We walked the track first, making sure it was safe for the van. A little bit of careful driving and some more cleaning of the underside, we managed to drive it and park right on the edge of the beach\dune
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We met a couple of ladies walking back from the beach and we had a chat, they were regulars on the islands and gave us some spots to check out.

I started on the 12m with the TT, was a little underpowered, so jumped onto the surfboard. The big arc you see is that tack, the waves were pretty strong and I had no power, so had to came ashore and walk back a few 100m.
Was really odd. Carrie said she found the same, so she stayed away from that area.
I messed around on the SB.
the wind started to drop off, so Carrie took the 12 from me. She found a seal out back, came back to tell me, then shot off again, looking for more. She then found a Dolphin out back. A quick sighting and it was gone. But she kept going out further and further looking for it, without success.

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A very, very good spot.

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Sonnyrider
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Day 4 . . .

Today was a light wind day, a southerly wind, we looked at the maps and decided it was worth driving down to Benbecula and investigating a beach just along from Linaclate.


When we got to the beach, there wasn't much wind
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We had a walk along the lagoon and found a pod(?) of Seals, about 6, resting on a little island of rocks in the centre of the lagoon. So we thought we would get some pictures. They are not the best, because I don't have an expensive zoom lens for the DSLR and it was overcast.
but you get the idea...
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They obviously saw us and four or five got in the water to investigate us.
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Yes, I know it only shows three, but they kept popping up randomly. I do have a pict of five in a shot, but not as clear as this :p

One couldn't be arsed and stayed on his rock
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The wind started to clean up a little, it was obvious it was going to be a big kite day. So we took the 14 & 18m down to the shore line.

The afternoon was spent in the lagoon, zipping around with the seals following us popping up now & again trying to work out WTF we were up to.

It was a very nice experience, kiting in low teens wind, with seals around as your spectators. Little black heads popping up randomly around, in front of you as you head towards them, then disappearing, with another one having a look from behind you.
There was a mum seal with a baby pup, watching as well.

Eventually the wind dropped off again so we had to pack up and take our leave of this experience.
And what an experience it was :cool:

As we left I took this picture where we had parked the van.
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Sonnyrider
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Day 5 . ..

Was a SUP day in the sea Loch, next to the camp site.
Yes, this one :cool:
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We had a sedate paddle around the bay. I'm still learning, we only got the boards 10 days before we left. There was a little wind, so I struggled going into the wind, which was only 10-12mph. But makes a big difference. Esp, when you're tall and you're on a big board.

Had a nice little picnic on the beach as well :cool:
Sonnyrider
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The evening of day 5

There was some wind forecast for the evening. It was showing light wind, so Carrie jumped at the chance to kite the sea lagoon across the road from the camp site.
The 14m was pumped and she jumped on my board.
The wind was light and it looked like mostly down wind city, so a few times she had to walk back up the beach
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But after a while, the wind steadily picked up, so she had her board back and was getting upwind
This was 21:47
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She came in about 22:10. I could've got out then on the 14, but CBA ;)
Sonnyrider
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Day 6

Kite SUP was investigated

Unfortunately, it was a struggle to keep the kite in the air, then it dropped off some more. We CBA to pump the 18

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After our Kite SUP investigations, we gave up and chose to stick with a SUP around the lagoon. Another day for me to practice my stroke. This was my 4th time going for a paddle, my first couple of times were on a river
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Carrie on the other hand spent her teenage yrs in a canoe and didn't need any practice. She went off for a paddle around the bay, looking for wildlife. She found a sea otter, so sat and watched that for a while.


We used these non windy days to investigate some other beaches on the island as well.

So many spots to investigate. Many farm tracks driven ;)
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