Originally Posted by jambo
Willk on here as he does that cruise often
LOL Jambo - you make me sound like CalMac, a veritable blur of Channel crossings, when in truth my travels have been more limited. We're Back with Intent this year though - soon as she settles for three days!
Welcome to Ribnet, Ribliam! That's a nice trip you have planned there, mind the descent into Cushendall. My squad are all gasoline burners, so I'm not going to be much help re fuelling. Jambo should know if Port Ellen is still tanker supplied - I'd guess it is. The Marina there will be able to advise. My trip over was a no-refuel run from Greencastle. You'd be getting the cheap Irish stuff there. No so at Ballycastle, my suggested launch site if you go from Antrim. The chipper on the harbour (Mortons?) is world class. Don't miss Rathlin for a pint. Be aware that there is no shelter at Cushendall if the East wind blows, beautiful spot though and Harry's Bar is the food stop.
Beware wind over tide around Rathlin and enjoy the mid-channel overfalls!
I'd suggest Port Ellen as your base on the Farside
. The marina is well sheltered and well placed in the centre of the village. There's car hire if you want to tour. A good number of the Distilleries be visited by sea and are well buoyed. Note: I disarmed my crew before the visitor experience at Ardbeg.
Pic below of Port Ellen taken from the marina