The Rùm Cullin often disturb the air flow as the weather heads towards the Point of Sleat from the West. Both on tranquil and stormy days it can lead to some wonderful patterns of light. During the day these are normally highlighted on the waters of the Sound of Sleat but in the morning and evening it is often the pattern of the clouds themselves that catch the eye in the ever changing colours of the sky. The air rising and cooling over the mountains of Rùm create their own cap of cloud. It is this lower cloud devoid of colour that provides the contrast to the higher level stratus cloud reflecting the last of the evening sun.
Having posted the sunrise this morning, the free evening show did it’s best to match.
It’s not the worst way in the world to start the day. Cup of coffee made with beans roasted just down the road at Breakish by Skye’s own coffee roastery and a gentle dawn after a couple of days of strong winds. The Sound is tranquil, Autumn is taking hold and may be a walk later on the foreshore to see what’s what. Haven’t seen the otters for a couple of days so perhaps they will come down for a swim and a feed.
September had been quite a dry and clear month. However some rain overnight lifted the water levels in the burns. The rivers on Skye are short and most of the water just runs off rock, so they are quick to rise and quick to fall. Therefore the first day of October was spent taking a gentle amble up the lower slops to grab some images of the crystal clear waters coming off the Cullin being brought to life by the autumnal sun.
Behind the leaders after the swim, a strong ride saw Johan Hansselmark move in to second place behind Scottish favourite Stuart Macloud.
However the Edinburgh man could not hold off the strong running of Johan and he powered home in a record time of 11:41:30.
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Ten to three in the morning and competitors are beginning to set their bikes up at T1 ready for the third running of Celtman.
It is a ‘simple’ test of extreme physical and mental endurance that consists of :
Swim (Loch Shieldaig)Cycle (Shieldaig to Strath Carron via Gairloch) Run (Coulin Pass and Beinn Eighe) Conditions seem a little better than 2014 but a very long and tough day for all the competitors who hopefully will enjoy some of Scotland’s finest scenery. Everyone who completes Celtman is a winner it is just that someone finishes first.
Good luck today to all Celtman 2014 competitors and support crew. I hope to see you on the route throughout the day. Images should be available on line from Monday.