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Old 06 June 2008, 15:51   #11
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Stunning.
Couldn't have put it better
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Old 06 June 2008, 16:46   #12
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I have downed a few beers on that beach at Isle Ristol Zodiacman .. the only downer is when you look at the mainland.. the locals have used a crevice in the rock to dump old cars down it etc .. fooking idiots and if you didnt see it .. look closer next time,.. maybe then again ....dont.

Getting a weather window to do the trip you did is THE BIGGEST challange you had, and you scored

Its impossible when you dont have this, unless you have a decent RIB but then, even if you can make the trip you did,.. beaches of stone are impossible landing places, except with SIB's the few landing places get pounded at a moments notice as the wind and tide change due to the weather and currents that affect this area and are notoriously unpredictable, even with settled weather systems !!

40 ft + swells just off Priest are fairly regular I love em its what I grew up on

The rewards are great with the summer Isles and sometimes people who travel here wait a good few years to do them properly like you did.. Lucky you

Haste ye back
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Old 06 June 2008, 17:30   #13
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Its been a couple of years since my last visit but I am looking forward to going up again this year.
If you get the weather its a fantastic place to explore, nice clear water, the odd wreck, seals, and lots of little islands to have barbies on. What more could you ask?
(apart from a very slight breeze for the midgies)
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Old 06 June 2008, 17:42   #14
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The rewards are great with the summer Isles and sometimes people who travel here wait a good few years to do them properly like you did.. Lucky you

Haste ye back
Lucky is an understatment, the week we were there the rest of the country had gales and torrential rain, its a trip I will find hard to forget, before we set off Id done a bit of homework about the area looking up photos on google but nothing could prepare me for the sight from the top of the hill on Ristol photos cant do it justice. we sat up there for hours watching all the colours of the islands change as the sun was setting. Magic who needs the Grand Canyon when Scotland is on our doorstep

120 miles of sunshine
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Magic who needs the Grand Canyon when Scotland is on our doorstep

120 miles of sunshine
Sshh! trying to keep that a secret otherwise you'll all want to move up here
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Love the Zodiacs - the full Jacques Cousteau expedition complete with 'chump' barrels. You were lucky with the weather.
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Now that's my kind of holiday,getting away from it all.Peace and tranquility,really enjoyed the vid and pictures.Glad you were lucky with the weather......
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With the pictures and that video why would anybody want to go abroad, only a poet could find the words to say what you have showed us thank you Ian.
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before we set off Id done a bit of homework about the area looking up photos on google but nothing could prepare me for the sight from the top of the hill on Ristol photos cant do it justice.
Well I'm doing the Summer Isles again now, and you reminded me of a thought, with the above statement, and its that I have about 30 pictures all of the same view looking out to them, from the southern mainland, and 1 year or so ago I suddenly realised why I have so many, and its exactly as you say.. you keep trying to capture the momement, so you take a photo, but in reality you never can quite get it !! and the whole sensation ... you have to be there and 'feel' it to appreciate it/them at their best
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amazing place and so beautiful, great fun on the sibs as well

great vid, i know parksey and me are very jealous for sure


Yes stunning indeed , would love to do some more up there only problem is its such a long way from this end of the country and huge risk with the weather .

Out of interest Ian how much fuel did you have to carry for that trip ?
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