The day dawned bright with fairly light winds, so the prospects were for a good day. The plan for the morning was to explore Dun, the island off the southern tip of Hirta, with the two islands only separated by a small channel.
|Dun seen from Hirta|
|This guy wasn't expecting visitors - fast asleep!|
We practiced the protocol for how to navigate through the caves - one person goes through to check it out, if they survive and come back in one piece, we then determine if it is safe to go through one at a time! We navigated a few caves like this. One cave involved negotiating an awkward sloping roof that didn't leave much room to paddle that then opened out into a big pool. At right angles to the route in, another exit from the pool's cavern was out to the open sea on the west side. This looked far too intimidating to take on, so we reversed our route back to the calm of the east side of the island, but not before Matthew got trashed in the pool by a couple of big waves and had to roll a couple of times.
|Entrance to the slanting through cave|
|Me negotiating the slanting cave - photo credit Gordon Brown|
|I'm inspecting the large arch - photo credit Bob Grose|
|Approaching the Dun gap - photo credit Gordon Brown|
Me negotiating Dun gap - photo credit Gordon Brown
|Playing in the Dun gap - photo credit Gordon Brown|
|Tiff going through the gap - photo credit Gordon Brown|
A pleasant few hours were spent exploring Hirta - looking at the old village and a hike up to the highest point that is a fantastic viewpoint. We experienced the plight of the Gannets when we were subject to attacks by the Great Skuas (Bonxies).
|One of the unique St Kilda storage Cleats|
|Boreray from Hirta - the route paddled the previous day|
|Soay in the distance|
|Dun in the distance|
|Restored village houses|