Wales: Sheltering from gales in Fishguard

Wales is a country of myth and magic. It is the Narnia of nations, outwardly tiny but viewed from inside it is huge, expansive, a wilderness where you could lose yourself for many years.  If dragons exist, they do so in Wales, the last stronghold of the Druids, still peppered with medieval castles and forts…

Meeting the puffins on Skomer

We sailed out of Milford Haven with hints of sunshine and a gentle breeze from the south west which was just enough to ease us along the coast to Skomer. A name that evokes the Viking marauders who plundered these shores throughout the first millennium. This rocky island sitting less than a mile off the Pembrokeshire…

Crossing the Bristol Channel to Milford Haven

We left Cornwall under engine. The air was still, heavy and brooding as we motored along that final austere stretch of coast, passing Porthcurno and the Minac amphitheatre carved into the dark cliffs. All was calm but ominous blackening clouds, sitting heavy over the dark contours of Land’s End and the Longships rocks, carried a…