Colin Murray the skipper of the RIB Osprey popped in for the usual cup of tea when he was on a two hour stopover waiting for the builders. We got looking at the map above the fire place and started talking about the Swiney.
The Swiney is a small rock located off the South Ness about 20 metres offshore. It is a rock that is only just visible on the lowest of tides. Colin said ‘You may not see the rock but you’ll see the Kelp that sits on top of it.’
It was reasonable sized tides so I thought there would be a chance that I would be able to detect it. A bit of planning was involved. I had to head out at the low water if I was to have any chance I was to see it.
On Saturday morning I headed out with volunteer Alan. There is nothing nesting on the South Ness yet, so I knew we would not disturb anything. Alan decided against crossing the gully over to the South Ness and left me to it.
The Kelp being washed about in the swell was easy to see. I’d found the Swiney. I watched it for a minute or so. I decided I might have the makings of a blog post so I thought I’d get a photo. Just as I was set up with the camera my luck was in. The swell was so great a good 12 inches of the rock was exposed.
Kirkhaven can be a tricky harbour to enter if you don’t know it. The two white markers above are the line you should take if you are coming in from the east and once you can see up Fluke Street you turn into the harbour. The rocks form Kirkhaven stick out along way and hitting them could cause problems. These markers are on navigation charts and were painted again recently.