On Saturday 15 August, Cockenzie & Port Seton’s Scottish Coastal Rowing club, Boatie Blest, took part in an epic Highland journey commemorating a voyage made by Bonnie Prince Charlie. The crew, in their skiff Boatie Lodge, joined crews from North Queensferry, Anstruther, Ullapool, Portobello and Newhaven, with members of Boatie Blest and North Berwick also rowing in “Troika”, a new skiff built by young people from Muirhouse Youth Development Group in Edinburgh.
The eight skiffs, accompanied by a Drascombe Lugger crewed by North Berwick rowers and a Mallaig-based RIB, rowed around 10 miles up Loch Shiel from Acharacle on the Friday, and then – well-armed with insect repellent and midge nets – set up a wild camp in the woods by a small beach at Glenalladale.
On the Saturday, with many rowers clad in Jacobite costume, the boats continued up the loch for a further 7 miles, commemorating the trip made by Bonnie Prince Charlie, who was rowed up Loch Shiel to raise his standard at Glenfinnan in 1745.
On arrival at Glenfinnan, 7 boats lined up and saluted with raised oars as the newly-launched skiff, Troika, rowed through to land on the beach, where Glenfinnan Highland Gathering was in full swing.