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Old 12 June 2014, 05:55   #1
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Scottish small isles

Just back from 3 days hillwalking and Bothying on Isle of Rhum.
Stunning place!
I am intending a return to the area with the Sib in the coming months with my mate and a fishing rod and camping gear.
Possibly launch from Arisaig or Mallaig and tour around the small isles of Eigg, Muck, Rhum and Canna gor 3 or 4 days.
Has anyone done this on their SIB's and if so any tips/suggestions?
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Old 12 June 2014, 06:02   #2
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Just back from 3 days hillwalking and Bothying on Isle of Rhum.
Stunning place!
I am intending a return to the area with the Sib in the coming months with my mate and a fishing rod and camping gear.
Possibly launch from Arisaig or Mallaig and tour around the small isles of Eigg, Muck, Rhum and Canna gor 3 or 4 days.
Has anyone done this on their SIB's and if so any tips/suggestions?
Check out Gurnards recent posts from around the islands. They are legendary

A Sibbing Sunset with the Gurnard
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We all Camped out at Arisiag during our recent trip to Scotland,and it's a very friendly place with a most helpful Harbour Master/ Sailing Club,cheap mooring rates,and a decent Pub!
A great jump off point for the lslands
Should be some Video coming down the Pyke soon too
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We all Camped out at Arisiag during our recent trip to Scotland,and it's a very friendly place with a most helpful Harbour Master/ Sailing Club,cheap mooring rates,and a decent Pub!
A great jump off point for the lslands
Should be some Video coming down the Pyke soon too



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Hi Kaman.. good advice from one of my brothers articles .. he did it by kayak in February. I have not done it all .. and would be very cautious in a SIB.. ensure the winds look very calm for the duration.. and don't under estimate the swell in that area

"It was the end of February and a rare high pressure system settled over northwest Scotland. It was time for a trip to the Small Isles. I had originally planned this trip last summer but the promised high pressure evaporated as our embarkation day approached and we went shopping instead. At least the work with tidal planning and printing/laminating maps was not wasted. This trip is unusual in that you need to take account of weather, tides, surf heights but also ferry times! I have paddled to the Small Isles from Arisaig and from Glen Brittle but each of those options takes two days (there and back) out of a small weather window.

A much more preferable option is to use the ferries and spend the time paddling between the islands. The Calmac Ferry Time Tablefor the Small Isles is pretty impenetrable as the ferry travels to different combinations of islands each day, a further complication is that the days change in summer! With some planning of wind direction tide times and ferry times it is possible to ensure favourable paddling conditions and yet ensure if weather closes in it will not be too long before the next ferry arrives to return to Mallaig"


I appreciate a SIB is a lot faster than the kayaks so times will be very much less. I guess the advice is route plan ..taking the ferry times into consideration...and your luggage can be carried on and off the ferry..if required.

Do post about some of your journeys.. I for one, would like to hear about this kind of trip.
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On second thoughts....

Just checked.. my photos of scrambling up the Sgurr of Eigg are rather cloudy looking.
Weather.. mood and time dependant.. I could easily be persuaded into such a journey ?


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Thanks to all for their inputs.
My plan was to travel from Arisaig or Mallaig to the Isle of Eigg firstly. Circumnavigate the island and spend a night in the tent. Then onto Rhum. Which is much larger. Spend a night at Dibidil bothy or in the tent.
Head onto Kinloch village.
Restock on provisions.
You can arrange with the post office in advance to buy in whatever you need from the main land.
From Kinloch circumnavigate anti clockwise to Guirdil bay and stay a night at the bothy.
Then continue the short distance over to Canna for a nights camping.
Thereafter head down to Muck for another night in the tent then back to mainland.
A bit ambitious and would definitely need an extended period of very calm settled weather to facilitate such a venture.
I know that you can hire kayaks from Mallaig and get them transported free of charge to the Isle of your choice via the Cal Mac ferry.
Just wondering if I could get the sib on to the ferry to transport it across any of the large open sea sections should the weather blow up????
I will make that enquiry.
Won't be able to go until probably beginning of August.
Watch this space and let's hope the weather is kind!
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