Except we swam it on the last day of July.
Still, I'm counting it as an August challenge completed.
Access is easy down a reasonably steep slope from the houses above. The rock is signposted from the centre of Portknockie.
When we arrived a local was cutting his grass, so I asked permission to park on the street in front of his garden. I later saw that mini-busses from a local outdoor centre parked on the grass just a little further along the road.
We arrived 2 hours after low water, so a lot of the rocky beach was still uncovered. The sea was so shallow we walked at least half-way to the rock. As our GPS track shows, we initially went around the rock, and once you're out the 'back' you do feel quite a way from shore.
Further east, the coast is fractured with caves, and collapsed caves that have formed stacks and bays. All these are home to an assortment of seabirds.
|Close your mouth - seabirds overhead!|
However, we did find more than a few lions' mane jellyfish which have thrived in Scotland this summer. The exceptional water quality made them highly visible, pulsating masses of red and purple.
Bowfiddle Rock in an outstanding piece of rock, although it isn't an outstanding swim. Still, I'm delighted we did it, because it's always nice to try something away from our much-loved west coast.