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Old 19 January 2015, 15:01   #11
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Yeah I'm definitely going to take the rib down to that. I'm guessing the final plans will be posted on here nearer the time..?

Plans are on the website go to the ERR thread for links. See you there.


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Perfect. Thanks. Just look for the yellow rib that looks out of control and that will be me. Haha.
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Gurnard.

Thank you for the detailed reply and pics, very much appreciated and will help greatly in trip planning. The more I look into the more places there are to explore on Mull, doubt ill circumnavigate the Isle of mull but definitely like to explore the west of Mull like Staffa, Ulva and so on.

Looking forward to your next adventures.

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Old 20 January 2015, 09:09   #14
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Yup..the west of Mull has some interesting places to visit in a SIB Chris.. I will get there one day.. but this year I hope to target Skye and its satellite islands.. so perhaps next year. I do plan on a wild camp on the Garvellachs early this year before the midge season starts :-D

Back to this adventure...if I recall correctly.. I stopped for my first tea break ..by drifting at the mouth of Loch Feochan. I dropped some of my killer lures into the water but the local fish turned their nose up at them..or more probably.. the fish were not below my boat.



I eased my nose back out into the Firth of Lorn...just in time to see the Lady of Avenel pass..on her way to Oban. She has twelve berths for guests to charter..for folks that enjoy a Tall Ship sailing experience.



I then notice a whole regatta of yachts coming down the Sound of Kerrera from Oban. That’s when the penny dropped. I realise it was the “West Highland Regatta week”. Sailors from around the world combine racing and social meetings during this week. They were very much in the doldrums as there was hardly a puff of wind.



I knew I would be well out their way if I headed south.. so made my way towards Eilean Duin and one of the most scenic safe anchorages on the west of Scotland. I noted the island as a possible wild camp spot for the future. Three kayaks were hauled onto the shore and I could see their tents in a little hollow.




But before entering the anchorage .. I had a look at the only bridge over the Atlantic Ocean.. at Clachan. The bridge joins the mainland to the lovely Isle of Seal. Its possible to circumnavigate the Isle by going through the bridge at high tide. However..I knew the tide was falling and did not want left high and dry in the narrow atlantic channel.



So I ventured round the coast to the anchorage for a second tea break and a look at the boats still sleeping



I kept my engine on tick over until I was round the corner then happily cleared the build up of carbon out the exhaust with a flick of my wrist.



Then I had a nosey into the bays at Ardencaple. It was in the late 60’s when I attended a two week scout jamboree at this very place. I was introduced to the sea scouts from Lochgoilhead ..who then trained me for my oarsman badge.... which was my first seamanship qualification. I was around 12 years of age. This was my first time back since those days.. as Ardencaple is a private estate. It sure brought back a boatfull of happy memories.



Then I headed round the coast a little and decided it was now lunch time. I stopped on a drift under some impressive cliffs and was delighted to find the mackerel also though it was lunch time. I soon had a bucket full of fish for future dinners.



To be continued.......
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Old 20 January 2015, 13:22   #15
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ahh, Lochgoilhead Scout camp, I went there in the early '70s for a week, sailing, rowing, kayaking etc, brilliant place, been back for a look a couple of times since, great memories great photos as usual Gurnard
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Old 20 January 2015, 14:14   #16
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Hi Chris..here are some more photo memories..just for you.
I still go to Lochgoilhead on a regular basis.. it has not changed much either







Back in the late sixties ... early seventies there was a large trimaran called the Victress of Rahoy in Lochgoil..and the owner used to teach the sea scouts sailing on her. I was asked recently by someone writing an article and researching about this boat..and he wondered if I had any photos of her. I couldn’t help with photos.. do you or anyone else here recall this boat ?I would love to pass the guy any info I can find on the boat. This photo was one of his



Enjoy the memories
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great pics

I don't remember the boat but I'll see if I can find any photos from the trip

been a few years since we were last there, but be good to get there by water sometime
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hi gurnard

another good read thanks again.
i know the area well having been diving/cruising up there since 1984 never get tiered of it we come out of lock feochan most years from Andorran marine log cabins, good slip cheap enough for the week on their pontoon or just launch every day,its a bit tight getting out & in due to a narrow channel & tight turns but ardoran have a small map to guide you,[exciting at low water] we have done the route under the bridge loads of times in the rib it is a fantastic place especially when you take your time plodding through on the flood tide with the current.kelp can be a pain but never had any real dramas through.
anyway enough from me keep um coming they bring back memories for so many people who have sailed the areas and a mine of info for those who will want to follow in your wake.

best regards jeff
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Thanks for the comments guys.. they are appreciated.. and Im very happy my posts bring back memories to many of you. Hopefully they will encourage others to explore the areas I visit too. Feel free to add any info to supplement my adventures


After filling my stomach with lunch and the bucket with mackerel ..I headed south again and it wasn’t long before I was easing my way down the Sound of Easdale.



On one side of the sound ... on the Island of Seal.. is the picturesque village of Easdale with its little harbour and wooden pier.



On the other side of the sound ...on the Island of Easdale ... is more of the picturesque village..with its little harbour. . so to go from one end of the village ..to the other end.. you need a boat.



I had a boat but just enjoyed the views from the sea and didn’t land on either Easdale’s



These are part of what is locally known as “The Slate Islands”. Slate quarrying was once the main form of employment in the area and there are many very deep quarries now flooded with water. Often the slate has small cubes of iron pyrites embedded in it.. which is commonly know as “fools gold”.. so if you find some .. beware .. not all that glitters is gold.

It is quite tidal around Easdale..and I stopped engine and let the SIB drift in the currents...



while I waited for the West Highland Regatta boats to pass of their way round the Garvellach islands.



I cursed a little that I didn’t bring enough fuel to follow them round the islands. The wind had picked up a little and the yachts were now moving at a steady pace.



I confess ..I was a little envious of their free wind power and the joys of capturing it in sails. I recalled many happy days touring the west in my father’s sailing boats. Alas.. my father and his boats are nowa long distant memory... but I always remember him when I follow in his footsteps on the sea.



When the yachts were passed.. I headed north again through the Sound of Insh. The Island of Inch is uninhabited..but its owner sometimes lives in a cave to the north of the island. I guess he likes his solitude at times too.



It was time to leave Easdale and head back to Kerrera and have a nosey around Oban bay.



To be continued ....
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