Well after a couple more weather bound days in Brora the wind had died down just leaving the thick fog so we decided to chance the 27 mile crossing to Burghhead (via Tarbet). We popped the co-ordinates into the GPS and set off on a bearing of 170 degrees.
Visibility was down to 100 yards or so. Quite peaceful paddling at sea surrounded by a blanket of fog. Although it is a little unnerving when the GPS says you only have 0.4 mile to go and you still can’t see land. You start wondering whether you entered the co-ordinates correctly!
But we had and after a brief stop over at Tarbet we pushed on to Burghead. We pulled into the harbour and asked Jake Hay, a fisherman from Orkney, if there was a cafe nearby. There wasn’t, but he kindly invited us on board his trawler, “The Illustrious” and made us a tea. How cool Is that!
We pushed on another 7 miles to Lossiemouth where we planned to camp but we were feeling so good we decided to get a takeaway and do another 7 miles to Spey Bay. That’s a total of 44 miles today – not bade. Mind you paddling till 1am is not what we plan to do everyday but hey makes up for some of the lost time.
We pitched our tents by a little cafe at the mouth of the Spey. Hope they open early!