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Isle of Coll
Expedition 2012




Welcome to my Isle of Coll Expedition page, although on this particular trip I did a lot more than that.

The trip encompassed the USSCR summer tour in Cheshire, a trek up Ben Nevis, a visit to the Isle of Coll, and participation in the Coll 10k race. This page covers the second part of the trip including the Isle of Coll.

You can find out about the first part of the trip on my Ben Nevis Expedition page.

After a 04:30 alarm on Wednesday 15 August, I struck camp at Gallanach and headed for the Ferry Terminal in Oban to check in for the 05:45 Caledonian MacBrayne sailing to Tiree and Coll.

Upon arrival on the Isle of Coll I went to Uig to pitch the tent at the Garden House Campsite where I would camp for the next four nights.

Over the following days I was able to explore some of the island, including the beautiful beaches at Feall Bay and Hogh Bay, before running in the Coll 10k Race on 18 August.

It was a shame, the day after the 10k race, to have to leave Coll. So after a brief visit to Breachacha and a last look around Arinagour, I boarded the ferry with hundreds of other runners for the journey to Oban.

This trip had begun with the USSCR summer tour in Cheshire and I was fortunate the following day to visit Sue, my former Deputy Master of the USSCR in 1984/5 who had been unable to join us on the tour.


Sailing to Tiree and Coll

At the Ferry Terminal for 05:45 CalMac sailing to Tiree and Coll
At the Ferry Terminal for 05:45 CalMac sailing to Tiree and Coll
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Approaching Scarinish, Isle of Tiree
Approaching Scarinish, Isle of Tiree
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The Ferry Terminal at Scarinish, Isle of Tiree
The Ferry Terminal at Scarinish, Isle of Tiree
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Departing from Tiree
Departing from Tiree
Next stop: Arinagour, Isle of Coll
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Isle of Coll

Arinagour, the main village on the Isle of Coll
Arinagour, the main village on the Isle of Coll
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The Kirk, overlooking the village of Arinagour
The Kirk, overlooking the village of Arinagour
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An Acarsaid, the gift shop and Post Office in Arinagour
An Acarsaid, the gift shop and Post Office in Arinagour
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Warm and breezy at the Garden House Campsite at Uig
Warm and breezy at the Garden House Campsite at Uig
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Hebridean sheep next to the Garden House Campsite
One of the flock of Hebridean sheep next to the Garden House Campsite
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A cottage with a view
A cottage with a view, near Bàgh Craimneach and Clabach
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Machair at the Coll Nature Reserve
Machair at the Coll Nature Reserve
(Machair is a habitat of grasses, wild flowers, other plants, birds on sandy soil of low-lying coastline.)
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Wild flowers of the Machair
Wild flowers of the Machair
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Wild flowers of the Machair
Wild flowers of the Machair
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Grassed sand dunes next to the Machair
Grassed sand dunes next to the Machair
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A sea of grassed dunes
A sea of grassed dunes
Looking towards Hogh Bay
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Feall Bay

Grassed sand dunes and Feall Bay
Grassed sand dunes and Feall Bay
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Feall Bay: this could be the Caribbean
Feall Bay: this could be the Caribbean
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Alone with my shadow on Tràigh Feall
Alone with my shadow on Tràigh Feall
(Feall Beach)
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Picnic on the beach
Picnic on the beach
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Sand and crushed shells of Tràigh Feall
Sand and crushed shells of Tràigh Feall
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Tràigh Feall and Ben Feall
Tràigh Feall and Ben Feall
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Breaker!
Breaker!
Slow and gentle
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Tràigh Feall and Feall Bay
Tràigh Feall and Feall Bay
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Tràigh Feall and rocks
Tràigh Feall and rocks
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The 10k race start near Totronald
The 10k race start near Totronald
(Two days to go)
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Lichens
Lichens
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Hogh Bay

Hogh Bay
Hogh Bay
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Hogh Bay and Tràigh Hogh
Hogh Bay and Tràigh Hogh
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We are not alone!
We are not alone!
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Tràigh Hogh
Tràigh Hogh
(Hogh Beach)
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Tràigh Hogh
Tràigh Hogh
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Another sea of grassed dunes
Another sea of grassed dunes
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Heather
Heather
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Loch Breachacha and Breachacha Castle
Loch Breachacha and Breachacha Castle
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Sky on fire!
Sky on fire!
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Coll Half Marathon and 10k Race

Finishing the Isle of Coll 10k
Finishing the Isle of Coll 10k
(Photo courtesy of a Coll Half Marathon volunteer photographer)


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Finishing line at the Community Centre in Arinagour
Finishing line at the Community Centre, An Cridhe, in Arinagour
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Competitor's medal
Competitor's medal


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Ceilidh ticket


The (Full On) Marathon Ceilidh
The (Full On) Marathon Ceilidh with Trail West


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Breachacha

Sunshine on Loch Breachacha
Sunshine on Loch Breachacha
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Breachacha Castles
The 'new' Breachacha Castle and the 15th century Breachacha Castle
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Farewell Coll

The Kirk and the Coll Hotel
The Kirk and the Coll Hotel
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Loch Eatharna
Loch Eatharna
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Whalebone arch at the ferry terminal
Whalebone arch at the ferry terminal
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Farewell
Farewell
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360° panorama of Tràigh Feall and Feall Bay.

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360° panorama of Tràigh Feall and Feall Bay



360° panorama of Arinagour from the pier.

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360° panorama of Arinagour from the pier



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360° panorama of Loch Eatharna, Arinagour and the Kirk.

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360° panorama of Loch Eatharna, Arinagour and the Kirk



360° panorama of Loch Breachacha and castles.

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360° panorama of Loch Breachacha and castles



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Catching up with Sue Kingman
Catching up with Sue
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This page was last updated on 7 March 2018.

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