Common dolphin by Mark Henrys

Wed 19 Sep | Dolphins, dolphins, dolphins  After departing Ardmore Bay Hjalmar Bjorge had another encounter with a different group of common dolphins who bow-rode for a time. Approaching Neist Point two more appeared and also bow-rode for a while. Upon reaching Neist Point a few travellers landed at the lighthouse jetty and took a quick walk before lunch. The boat left the anchorage at 1400 and headed south for Canna. West of Loch Bracadale there was a 30 minute encounter with another group of seven common dolphins. Hjalmar Bjorge anchored at Canna where guests went ashore for a few hours, returning for a fresh scallop starter, the content of which had been gathered by Mark in the last hour or so.

Tue 18 Sep | Dolphins and rainbows  After Hjalmar Bjorge departed Loch Torridon this morning, passage was made across the Inner Sound passing to the north of Rona and across the top of Skye. At Waternish the boat was joined by seven common dolphins who rode on the bows for 45 minutes. They were almost tempted right in to Mark’s intended anchorage at Isay in Loch Dunvegan but sped off shortly before arrival. There was a brief landing on Isay before the boat continued to the evening anchorage in Ardmore Bay. Aside from the wonderful dolphin encounter today was memorable for several splendid rainbows which of course meant the occasional shower. Above: Murray and Gog watching dolphins by Anna White

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