Puffin Romance



Treshnish Isles, West Coast of Scotland, July 2018

After leaving the Caledonian Canal, we spend a couple of days at the west coast of Scotland, before continuing our voyage south-west towards the Irish coast.

In this blogpost I´ll share some pictures from the Scottish west coast and Treshnish Isles, an archipelago of small deserted islands and skerries, lying west of Isle of Mull.








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It was 8 years ago, when filming basking sharks in this area, when we got to visit these islands for the first time. Ever since then, I´ve strongly been longing to get back to this, for me, magical place.






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As it is a very weather exposed spot, it was all in Mother Nature´s hand if we would make a stop here or not during this current sail expedition. Thanks to the perfect conditions, I felt very lucky to finally be back to the isles I´ve been longing for so much!




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One might be wondering what is so magical about this place... The feeling of remoteness and the abundance of wildlife is obviously the answer! Approx 47 different species of birds can be spotted here, including large population of puffins breeding here from mid April.





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During my first visit to Isle of Lunga, which is one of the Treshnish islands, I got so charmed by the many puffins That´s the case again!

Here, "the clowns of the sea" allow me to get close without any sign of stress. Some of the individuals even get curious and decide to get even closer...  -I´m in paradise!





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Like last time, I give the island an evening- and a morning visit.

It shows up again, that it is in the early morning when the real magic happens. This is when the many hundreds of puffins all are gathered next to their burrows where their chicks hides.






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These photos are from the same morning, starting before sunrise around 4AM, which is when I get to experience an amazingly relaxed puffin colony.











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When the rising sun starts to peak above the horizon, with sun beams touching the birds with a warming colour, the puffins all start to get both talkative and more energetic.











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I feel so grateful that Mother Nature provided us with such good weather conditions, allowing us to re-visit this little seabird paradise.

With fair winds in right direction, we so leave the puffins in peace, continuing our voyage to the Irish west coast. ⛵️💦




















Caledonian Canal

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Caledonian Canal, Scottland, 1st week of July 2018

After a warm welcome to Scotland, we enter the Caledonian Canal, which connects the Scottish east coast at Inverness, with the Scottish west coast at Corpach, near Fort William.





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Before continuing the travel through the canal, we spend a couple of nights in Inverness to film the big groups of bottlenose dolphins in Moray Firth 🎥 🐬 💦







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The Caledonian Canal is 97 km long, from northeast to southwest of Scotland, and contains 29 locks, four aqueducts and 10 bridges.








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We have been to the canal 6 times now, but have never experienced such a warm travel through as this time. Even the bridges got closed during the afternoons due to the heat, resulting in us getting stuck in both Inverness and Loch Ness for a night each...











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The canal travels through the beautiful, flourishing Scottish landscape of which I never get bored of!








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One third of the entire length is man-made, the rest being formed by four natural lochs, which are:






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... Loch Dochfour...





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... the famous Loch Ness... 🐉









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... Loch Oich...







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... and Loch Lochy...






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When finally arrive Corpach/Fort William, at the west coast, it is so time to take the very last loch to leave the colourful Scottish mainland and the canal life.






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Even though I truly enjoy this beautiful canal and its picturesque natural lochs, it feels oh so good to get back to saltwater again! 😃



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Back to the salty Ocean where aquatic creatures are more likely to be seen, except for Nessie of course 🐉 😉

So I keep having a good lookout in hope for some sweet encounters soon... 🙃👌