Dunure to Maidens

Blinded by the light 
Saturday January 12th

After our lunch in the bar of the Dunure Inn 
it was time to paddle back to Maidens.
You can see from the picture that Dunure harbour has a 
distinctive old beacon at it's entrance. 
(that isn't a reference to Andy)(or Elizabeth)
Mr & Mrs Lomo at Dunure Harbour 
It was now around two hours after high water and many reefs and submerged rocks were negotiated as we passed under the ruins of the old Kennedy stronghold of Dunure Castle.

Bill can confirm that the rocks were just awash as he left gelcoat on quite a few of them!

Sadly skies were no longer blue - high cloud had filled in and it was noticeably cooler
Dunure Castle remains - 15th or 16th century
Once clear of Dunure Point things cheered up, as a 'hole' sat on the horizon, directly in the path of the setting sun.
crossing Culzean Bay
The further south we travelled and the lower the sun, 
the more dramatic the lighting.
It felt like kayaking to Tir na Og
(although we were heading south, not west.)
Turnberry Lighthouse in the distance
Ailsa Craig was bathed in dusky colours, 
this was turning out to be a very special evening.
distinctive profile of Ailsa Craig
As the sun slipped toward the horizon and moved under the cloud 
the lighting changed in an instant. 
It was both blinding and irresistible-and we loved every minute of it.
passing wooded Barwhin Point
Although difficult to see detail in front of you, we knew if we aimed for Turnberry Lighthouse it was roughly the right direction!
'blinded by the light'
Entering Maidens bay with the sun sinking lower
 the ever changing colours were quite beautiful.
It is not often that you experience such a sunset whilst paddling.
crossing Maidenhead Bay
Reluctantly we headed for Maidens shore - the beach dries out quite a distance at low tide, so there was a bit of a carry back to our vehicles.
perfect west coast sunset
What a tonic this short day proved to be.

The forecast for the following day was good-
so lets go hillwalking tomorrow!

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