RowAround Scotland skiffies complete Argyll Section

Selkie and her crew arriving in Tobermory harbour as part of the RowAround Scotland bid

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Seil skiffie Sue Fenton has rowed more than 120 miles of this year’s RowAround Scotland bid.

Sue was part of a composite crew, including rowers from Seil Coastal Rowing Club and Trustees from the Scottish Coastal Rowing Association (SCRA) who launched themselves on a three-day expedition at the weekend  to complete the last part of the RowAround’s Argyll section.

They rowed from Port Appin to Kilchoan on Ardnamurchan, covering over 40 miles, with overnight stops in Lochaline and Tobermory.

The Isle of Seil’s Selkie skiff was joined in Lochaline by its St Ayles skiff Witches of Morvern.

The RowAround has been celebrating the 10th anniversary of the SCRA.

The pandemic meant changes had to be made to the event’s passage plans, but the circumnavigation is now due to finish by the end of September, having linked together 70 coastal rowing clubs with a baton.

Isle of Seil Coastal Rowing Club’s convenor Sue Fenton, who is also a trustee of the SCRA and the overall coordinator of RowAround Scotland, has rowed the entire Argyll section from Ardrishaig to Kilchoan over the summer.

Sue said: ‘I am really chuffed to have rowed the whole 120 miles of Section 4 of RowAround, from Ardrishaig through the Crinan Canal, to Ardnamurchan.

‘It was great craic to row to Ardnamurchan with Steve, Robbie, Adam and Ewan. On the first day it was mirror calm, with ethereal wafts of cloud and drizzle. Fantastic wildlife spotting, include a golden eagle and two sea eagles.

‘The second day, up the Sound of Mull from Lochaline, it was very rough, with the wind on our bow and it turned out to be another stiff six hour row to Tobermory. Luckily, the row across to Kilchoan on Sunday was much calmer.

We were able to renew friendships with the Morvern and Mull skiffies, and also took some folk from Kilchoan out rowing, who are contemplating building their own skiff.’