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Old 21 December 2014, 03:37   #11
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If only I could take photographs half as good as you......
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Old 21 December 2014, 04:11   #12
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looks great a little sad for me tho as we were going to go to arisaig next summer but have booked to go to a site on the island of luing now hopefully it will be just as nice.looking forward to the next instalment
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Old 21 December 2014, 04:15   #13
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Enjoyable read, as always.
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Old 21 December 2014, 04:38   #14
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Old 21 December 2014, 06:46   #15
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Thanks again for the encouragement guys. I have more adventures than Para Handy had to tell... I just need the dutch courage to post about them.

Beerbelly.. Im certain you will love Luing.. the Cuan Sound in full flood on springs is a great place to play in a SIB ..but only on calm days. If you feel really adventurous .. a trip to the Garvellachs is a must. Im hoping for a wild camp there next year .. among the beehives the monks of old made for meditation. They went there in coracles ..so a SIB will easily do it in good conditions.

I get nose bleeds if I go too far South Black Pig..Im a Teuchter by heart.

Back to Sandaig Bay.. it is a lovely remote area ..and the only footprints on the shore..were actually hoof prints.. of the wild stags that roam the area. It is unfortunate the sun wasn’t shining for my photos.





I did catch one glimpse of the sun as I left the bay. In a split second of brilliant light ..it cast a spell and turned the sea a lovely emerald green. Then it was gone ... and I was back to a grey and white seascape.





I was now heading east into Loch Nevis itself...





You know you are in Loch Nevis when you pass “Plastic Mary” standing on a rocky knoll.. giving her blessing to all who pass.






Actually “Plastic Mary” is a very unfair term for the Madonna. She was placed there in good faith by the Catholic Community and she is actually made of GRP..not plastic.





Moments later I was passing the inner cross ..on my way to Inverie





This is what Inverie looks like with slightly less Scotch mist on the hills.. I took the photo on my last visit there..but went by commercial ferry and not SIB




I was now looking forward to a night in the most remote pub in the UK ....

To be continued ...
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Old 21 December 2014, 06:58   #16
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I started reading this at 7am yesterday morning, never posted as I didn't want to interrupt your thread.
Since joining this forum I've followed a lot of what you do. I find your posts are always entertaining, educational and inspiring. I take my hat and coat of to you pal.
Every one of your adventures shows the capability of a so called "flappy floor boat", it's great to see the potential of a sib. I for one would be delighted to follow/join you on an exploration.
Roll on the SIB gathering.
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Old 21 December 2014, 14:34   #17
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Great stuff, as always, Gurnard. Look forward to the next instalment
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Old 22 December 2014, 02:54   #18
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If Inverie looks a little depressing under the heavy sky in this photo.. it was anything but. It was warm with hardly a breath of wind. It was also still a little early in the year for the dark clouds of midges that can descend from the heights on nights like this ...in a few weeks time.



I passed the village and landed on Long Beach. There is a lovely community campsite there and it is where I intended staying for the night. I wasn’t too happy leaving the SIB on the exposed shore.. and tide times were a bit out of sync to re launch it early in the morning if I beached it.



So searched around and found a more suitable place ... a river mouth at the end of the campsite. The perfect parking spot for my boat..and it was deep enough so I could get an early start in the morning.



I chatted happily with the Aussie accented guy living in this boat. He mentioned he first arrived ten years ago..and has never left since. I confess... at the time I envied him a little.. but now.. listening to the wind howl outside my house ..and how cold it is in December..I no longer long for his lifestyle.



I set up home for the nigh near the boats in the river. Home was of course my trusty Tesco Value tent. Since then... I have retired it. When my old mom passed away and left me a little inheritance.. I splashed out and bought a brand new Vango banshee 300 tent. Im looking forward to trying it out in the spring.



Once camp was up ..I took a walk along the campsite. It is quiet and mostly hillwalkers that use its facilities for the princely price of four squid per night.



Which is worth every penny as there are toilets and a wooden shelter plus BBQ area. Loads of free firewood too..



Then I walked the short distance into Inverie village itself. I was looking for the “Old Forge”..the most remote pub in the UK.



Its not difficult to find either... there are only a dozen or so houses on the main street



I settled down to scoff the house special. Fresh Loch Nevis Langoustines.. almost the size of lobsters.
Oh..and a glass of their delicious “Black Magic Juice”.



In fact ..I had several glasses ..which had a very strange effect on me.. as you will find out in the next instalment ....
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Old 22 December 2014, 04:15   #19
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good read

really enjoying this cheers keep it coming
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Happy days

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