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Old 30 January 2009, 17:56   #1
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Ullapool Trip for the Summer Isles

Since the TT IOM trip and Orkney are now booked up and deposits paid I am looking at the next trip to book for the summer.
A little long weekend trip to the Summer Isles is now getting sorted. Anybody fancy it?
I have been quite a few times staying in Ullapool but this time camping on one of the islands looks like the thing to do, especially as I know one that has a good sheltered bay in it near the middle of L Broom.
Anybody else fancy it later in the year for two or three nights? cruising around, barbies and maybe a few dives on the wrecks nearby?
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Yeah I'm up for it.. what time/date did you have in mind ?,.. as its my home turf Round these parts you'd better have a back up plan though Bruce regardless of summer My avatar is actually a view over them from the south

I could offer accomodation from the wee hoos on the left if any one is interested if the timing is right over looking Mellon Udrigle Bay .. just Google Mellon Udrigle peeps and see what you are missing
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A discussion on dates is taking place at the moment here. One of the other guys wants to go mid April but I reckon this is too early.
I am keen on end May onwards with experience telling me later is better for water temps and life.
We have always managed to get on OK despite the weather but always based further in from you. Been up every year for donkeys apart from last year.
One of the aims, certainly of the two boats so far, is to base camp on one of the islands rather than stay indoors.
I thought you may be interested but frankly not sure many more would be due to the distances involved, its a fair 5 hour + tow for us!
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A discussion on dates is taking place at the moment here. One of the other guys wants to go mid April but I reckon this is too early.
Well the sea is usually fairly quiet then, but it still gets to zero degrees/snow quite easily, depending on the weather system in place at the time.

The trouble is the weather is so variable as you probably know, that you could spend ages planning something only to end up with a crap spell of weather just when you dont need it, and they can become pretty inaccessible especially for landing as they are pretty beachless save for the odd spot. Where do you go/stay , and what ones have you landed on ?

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I am keen on end May onwards
Seen some cracking spells in May right enough

Saying all that, last summer was a good un up there & around Lewis.
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I have always been later in the year organising for up to 12 diving using one or two boats. I usually book parts of the Scotpackers hostel in Ullapool.
This time I was thinking of camping on the small island near the Fairweather V that has the bay on both side with the spit joining them as no matter which way the wind is coming its sheltered.
Lot os inquisitive seals on that island as well
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What are the midges like that time of year?
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I have always been later in the year organising for up to 12 diving using one or two boats. I usually book parts of the Scotpackers hostel in Ullapool.
This time I was thinking of camping on the small island near the Fairweather V that has the bay on both side with the spit joining them as no matter which way the wind is coming its sheltered.
Lot os inquisitive seals on that island as well
Well she's off Tanera Mor as I remember, I think you are referring to the Island I call Cairn Skerries for which I've attached a photo below, of an older RIB of mine which was anchored on the Easterly side .. a nice rock wall to tie up to but if springs are running.. you'll be checking your ropes very often

If you go to the other side, it dries to 0.45m or less at dead low so anchorage isnt really a proposition there overnight, particularly if you get a prevailing south westerly, or worse westerly, from the minch, and its rocky too. The other side is small stone and sand, (pictured) so if you pick your spot you might be ok, further up the beach is round pebble

The seals are good fun though doesnt matter how easy you sneak in there .. they are very wary ,.. but always come back to see whose annoyed their daily slumber

Kick me if youve done all this research .. hehe
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What are the midges like that time of year?
Depends .. some years they dont exist .. others .. woe betide you,.. ive seen them as thick I thought it was raining
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I think we compared pics before, looks like the same island. The chart is of the island itself.
If we decide to use the place the north side of the bay is quite sheltered from the tide run and I would drop in a temp mooring with an anchor/chain and two 56lb angels rather than anchor each day. (plus run a rope to the shore just in case
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I think we compared pics before, looks like the same island. The chart is of the island itself.
If we decide to use the place the north side of the bay is quite sheltered from the tide run and I would drop in a temp mooring with an anchor/chain and two 56lb angels rather than anchor each day. (plus run a rope to the shore just in case
Aye, right enough Bruce.. Youll know your criteria well enough then just dont trust anything weather wise The best forecasters get it wrong here often ....
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