Barra lifeboat’s warm welcome for kayaker

The Isle of Barra Lifeboat adopted the role of a welcoming party on Wednesday when it was launched to meet a solo kayaker.

Nick Ray aims to raise thousands of pounds for the RNLI by paddling 2015 miles round all the charity’s Scottish lifeboat stations.

Nick, 51, left the Solway Firth on 1st May and he estimates it will take him between three and four months to kayak to the RNLI’s 47 lifeboat stations.

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Nick Ray welcomed outside Castlebay by crew members of Barra lifeboat. From left, Thomas Douglas and Stephen Adamson. Pic RNLI/LPO Eoin Macneil

Barra lifeboat sailed just outside Castlebay and escorted the hardy kayaker in.

Nick said: “It was fantastic being met by the crew of the Barra lifeboat. The weather has been windier than expected for this time of year however I still hope to complete the task by August ”.

Nick was to spend a couple of days on Barra before departing and heading north, stopping at Leverburgh and Stornoway before rowing back across the Minch to Mallaig.

Nick, a kayaker since 1986, will be camping during his journey and he hopes to raise up to £5,000 for the RNLI.