3. PHOTO ESSAY: The Beachby Dan Goodwin Sep/2009
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In this third photo essay in this series, Dan Goodwin show us climbing on Erraid in the Scottish Western Isles.
I returned again this year to the tiny island of Erraid. What you find there is not what you would expect at a Scottish crag. Turquoise seas lapping on white sand beaches, ringed by small but perfectly formed pink and white granite crags. The routes are perfect trad climbs that often strip the knuckles and pump the arms.The campsite is a putting green standard grass area that sits behind the sandy beach and gives stunning views of the west coast sunsets.
The recent Gary Latter guide has the details of Erraid. Erraid is a tricky spot to get to involving one or two ferries. The easiest way is to head for Oban and catch the ferry to Craignure, from there a long drive down Argyll and Bute's worst road, the Ross of Mull (spine of Mull). Where the road ends just beyond Fionnphort you park and leave the car. A short walk down to the sound of Erraid and hopefully you should get across to the island with dry feet. Keep walking until you meet the sea on the far side.
Donald starting up Blood Orange, Severe 4b, on the upper tier
Gav coming up an awkward VDiff chimney on the upper tier
Donald starting up a VS 4b on the upper tier. Typical Erraid climbing up steep cracks with very sharp insides.
The stunning Tregheal Bay (white sand). Yachts often come in to have a look. On the far side are a few deep water solos put up by Julian Lines.
Looking out the tent in the morning, the sea looks very inviting but it would be fair to say it wasn't tropical temperatures when you get in!
A west coast sunset in full flow over the back of Iona.
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