Trip to the Outer Hebrides
Having recently gained my IMC rating I decided it was time to embark on a longer trip now that I’m not so restricted by by weather conditions. The destination was Stornaway routing via the Isle of Man and Machrihanish; this route covered extensive amounts of open water but the advantage was we could cruise at a higher altitude because we were clear of the restricted airspace over the large airports on the mainland, plus we got a fantastic view of the Outer Hebrides on the way home. The aircraft I flew was a Piper PA32 Cherokee Six which cruised at around 140kts and the trip to around 3 hours to complete each way.
G-KNCG on the ramp at Stornaway
Once there we took a trip across Haris to visit some friends on their island. The island features some ancient huts which have been dug out and had roofs put back on them and are used for accommodation in the summer.
The main residents of the island are chickens and sheep.
While there we took a trip out in the rib to go collect the pickings from the crab pots and look for the local wildlife. We were lucky enough to come across a family of sealions.
The Hebrides really has some stunning scenery, the beaches have some of the whitest, finest sand I have ever seen and the sea is some of the bluest. It’s just a shame the water is a chilly 14 degrees in the summer!