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Old 27 January 2015, 04:20   #11
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Arr... Poly me Lad.. it sounds a sound plan to me .. to route plan as we plane on the day ..to suit the weather and the waves.




For those of you not in the know.. Belnahua is one of the least known of the “Slate Islands” to the south of Oban. In its hay day ... more than 100 people worked and lived on the Island. The last inhabitants left at the start of the First World War. The village now lies in ruins.

Weather dependant ..we hope to camp overnight among the nostalgic ruins. There will be a fire to BBQ burgers and other edibles that you bring .. a bucket with an old toilet seat and Elsan liquid to assist disposing the edibles in the morning. We will ensure the island is left as we found it ..if not cleaner.

The route we take to get there will be weather dependant. Tides can run at six knots in the area.. so ensure your SIB engine is up to scratch. Also make sure you read Poly’s PDF attachment which basically says “If you drown..dont come crying to us..it is your own fault” Unless of course you are keel hauled and made to walk the plank for mutiny.

X marks the spot for treasure Island me harties. The village pavements are paved with fools gold. T’will be a true adventure ..thats for sure... and don’t forget to bring the dark gravy to loosen yer tongues. We likes to hear a good yarn from a fellow sea rover.


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Old 27 January 2015, 04:29   #12
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Found this on U Tube The "Campsite " ..beware if you sleep walk ..the old slate mine holes are very deep

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Old 27 January 2015, 05:15   #13
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Hi Poly, sorry but I think I will bow out for now as that’s a 500 miles for me and an 8 hour drive.
Plus I have managed to get a green card to do a 2 week trip to Morocco driving through the Atlas Mountains and the Sahara in April without the wife and kids so I don’t think this is a good time to bring this one up!
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Old 27 January 2015, 06:04   #14
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Makes me want to buy a SIB so I could come along and listen to The Gurnard round a small fire with a glass of the black stuff!
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Old 27 January 2015, 12:33   #15
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I've put this in my diary, the plan is to go BUT, I've got quite a lot of weekends away booked for April/May/June so il need to gauge my handbrakes "form" before putting my name down as a definite.
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Looks fantastic. Will we have time to catch our dinner do you think? I guess that could be addressed once we have pitched camp.


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Looks fantastic. Will we have time to catch our dinner do you think? I guess that could be addressed once we have pitched camp.
Well I have it on good authority that the Gurnard is rather proficient at that art so I am sure will provide helpful input.

Based on my success rate to date I will be bringing food as I may starve if relying on catching it. There will certainly be plenty of time to try and catch your supper though!
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Im always up for a bit of fishing and will have a rod with me. I see you are hoping to arrive on the Friday and I intend to be there on Friday too..so perhaps we can try our luck on Friday evening ?

Its a bit early for the mackerel..but I have plenty in the freezer for bait.



Oban is famous for the big bad girls shown in this video... just off Oban :-D

Dont think we could bring her into the SIB though. Huge congers too but that is my worst nighmare.. fighting with a 10 foot conger in my wee boat



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Hi poly / Gurnard..
What you've put together looks superb,and definitely the sort of thing I was hoping for.
Unfortunately I'm away with the family in the caravan & boat beginning that same week. Maybe next time I'll be able to join in.

Have a fun & very safe journey guys!!!!
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