Day 2 Coll & Tiree
DAY 02, 25th July - Tiree & Coll
On day 2 of the Wild About Argyll Adventure, Mark went to the stunning Hebridean islands of Tiree and Coll. He ran the Tiree half marathon route and kayaked with surfers on Tiree. On Coll he cycled end-to-end and corner-to-corner on the island and then cliff jumped and swam with basing sharks. From Coll, he caught a RIB to Mull via the Treshnish Isles.
'Day 2 of Wild About Argyll was a wonderful whirlwind journey through the Inner Hebridean islands of Tiree and Coll. Taking off from Oban Airport we landed on Coll to unload the bike and then carried on for the 7-minute flight to Tiree, the barren but beautiful island famed for its surf.
But first I had other plans: to run the Tiree half marathon route, with Becky from Tiree Fitness who runs the event with her husband Tiree, taking in some of the island's white beaches. She also makes fabulous cakes and chocolates from her cafe/shop Chocolates and Charms. With an hour before the flight back to Coll I then jumped on a sit-on kayak and paddled out to play in the surf!
On Coll I was meeting up with a friend, Mr Rob Wainwright - who many of you will know from his Scottish and British Lions rugby days - but he is now a farmer on Coll and a keen cyclist. But before we could head out to explore I needed to wait for him to return from manning the fire truck that was the other end of the runway! Grabbing our bikes, Rob pointed out that the stretch of road past the airport was a Strava segment and so began a rapid race up and down the island. Afterwards his children joined us for a spot of cliff jumping into the sea, which was crashing in making climbing back out of this 'washing machine' tricky but great fun.
Lastly my filming crew and I got aboard the Turus Mara and made the crossing to Mull by sunset. A cracking day of island- hopping adventures!'