He began in Shetland, negotiating the scenic Ramna Stacks and the beautiful, but narrow passage of Northmavine, pictured in the book, before travelling through the Orkney Isles, where he began on Westray before passing south, exposing the depopulation of certain isles at the hands of callous landlords. Thence he rounded Cape Wrath, the most northwesterly point in Scotland to head to the Summer Isles. From there it was not a long hop to the Isle of Lewis, where he beached to explore the Lewis cultural revival.
As kayaking off Scotland in January is suicidal he stored the kayak and walked a succession of peaks in the wilds of Assynt before resuming his trip and visiting Skye, where he did some walking and researched the Gaelic revival before going on to Islay, the stepping stone to Ireland. He was now entering some rough water. He boated along the north shore of Erin and turned south at Donegal, Then began a tricky passage south, but the strategy was the same, camp ashore at night and stop at places where he could meet figures of cultural significance.He stowed the kayak at one point and made the trip to Tory Island. There is a gap in his account of the island community's survival, for he mentions the various individuals who were instrumental in saving the community, but overlooks Father O' Peicin, who did much for the isle. This I find a serious lacuna in that part of the book.
But this one flaw does not vitiate the book, for the rest of the Irish journey is charming and filled with interesting characters, and also is replete with wild life, whales, dolphins and seabirds travel on the same path as he does, and he visits various islands with the poignant ruins of communities slowly being re-absorbed into the earth.
The next journey is through the Irish Sea from Inis Enlli [Bardsey] to the Bristol Channel. While concentrating much time and effort on Bardsey, the island of saints, he seems to emphasise culture more than the political and economic struggle which permeates Gaelic history. The islands on the Welsh leg of the journey are fewer and less welcoming, with wardens eager to charge landing fees or prohibit access.
The final leg of the voyage is down to Sennen Cove in Cornwall, and the emphasis is placed squarely on culture, with significant accounts of painters and poets.
The last leg nearly went wrong.He made a fourteen mile trip to the Seven Stones Reef,hoping to spend a last night camping there, but the whole of this ship's graveyard was foaming white and as night was falling Gange was forced to spend a whole night on water, having to stay awake.He survived the ordeal and, exhausted, paddled back to Sennen Cove. But there is significance in his ordeal. While he had enjoyed some rather good luck with weather conditions, luck can change and the sea will always win in the end.Maybe his luck had begun to run out.