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Old 13 February 2019, 08:28   #21
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I love Falmouth as well, have sailed into there many times, and taken the RIB in once. A superb trip all the way up the river to Truro that we really enjoy. If you are staying there and want a slightly longer trip just outside the harbour, the Helford River is wonderful, plenty to see and do (gardens, villages, seal sanctuary), and in a SIB you could explore all the way up to Gweek at anything other than very low tide.
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Old 13 February 2019, 08:36   #22
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Many thanks again CF. We usually take a holiday cottage for two weeks... particularly if in Scotland to make the most of the travel distance. Not anti caravans as such but we do like to spread out a bit in the holiday accom.

Dog friendly area is essential as the dog always comes with us on the holiday and on the SIB. Lost the old boy last year at near on 15yrs and on the list for a puppy at the moment.

Re Scotland you are newish on here and perhaps wouldn't have read through any of our SIB stuff to see we have been visiting Scotland on foot for near on 40yrs and with boats for over a decade. Over that decade we've enjoyed three weeks in Ellary Estate cottages on Loch Caolisport and four weeks in Tayvallich on Loch Sween as well as periods near Plockton and other locations in that broad area.

Superb location for sibbing and we've only diverted to Devon/Cornwall for the past two years as the last few years in Scotland have seen rather to many cool wet days so my crew has exerted influence to head South.

Midges.. ha ha … yes we've seen a few!
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Old 13 February 2019, 09:26   #23
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Yes, indeed a newbie, so wasn't aware you've already experienced the delights of that part of Scotland! Ormsary & Kilberry are old haunts for my family, and that view across to Ellary House brings back no end of good memories.

Heading round from Falmouth Bay to Helford River is indeed well worth it - more "intimate" and with some great gardens to explore too. Also worth mentioning that each of the main sailing clubs around there hosts various events alongside the sailing of "Falmouth Week" - it is high season, but there are always loads of extra events, parties and entertainment for the duration which adds to the fun.

As to midges - less of seeing "a few" rather than peering through the fog of them! For such tiny specks, they don't half pack a punch!!
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Old 13 February 2019, 14:17   #24
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I have to agree, Falmouth and in particular Mylor is a great place. I'm lucky enough to live only 10 mins from Mylor and overlook Falmouth Bay. I've owned several boats in the past and currently usually out sailing my RS700 but looking forward to this year and getting to use my Ribcraft 585 which I purchased at the end of last year (anyone want to buy a Trophy 2052??, my wife tells me I have too many boats!!) I'm also very familiar with Loch Sween and that area, spent many happy summers there on family holidays with our Zodiac Futura MkII, my dad still has it. I think he's going to sell it this year, he and my mum have decided they've had enough of being bounced around and have commandeered my Orkney 14 when they come to stay and want to potter round the Carrick Roads. Windsport along from Mylor Marina are very helpful and offer a good base, plenty of parking for boats and trailers.
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Old 13 February 2019, 17:37   #25
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Falmouth itself has plenty to see & do within easy walk from the harbour area. Some already mentioned.
Trago Mills worth a look simply for the bewildering range of stuff they stock!
Bosun's Locker chandlery in the town centre

A little further away Macsalvors chandlery at Penryn, although if you're at Mylor you've got Mylor Chandlery.
Robin Curnow at Penryn (opposite Macsalvors) for engine matters.

As you sail up the Fal you'll notice areas of concrete reaching down to the river which appear to serve no purpose.
These were the embarkation points for troops, vehicles & equipment for D-Day.
There's a plaque near Tolverne Cottage: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tolverne
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Another snippet of useless information - it's also the home port for the RFA Argus which was used & called USS Argus in the Brad Pitt film 'World War Z'.
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Windsport along from Mylor Marina are very helpful and offer a good base, plenty of parking for boats and trailers.
Yes, Brain & Cookie Phipps are great - really helpful & knowledgeable, good parking for cars & trailers and lots of other watercraft to hire & play with.

Mind you, I am biased, as they were guests at my wedding!
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Old 15 February 2019, 09:11   #28
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we stayed in the cottages in mylor harbour some years back with the rib launched and put it on the pontoon for a week superb food on site, chandlers great set up.

went up the river to truro too
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Old 15 February 2019, 15:52   #29
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Jeff did you stay in the cottages in your first image just behind the dinghy park... that's where we're thinking of.
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Jeff did you stay in the cottages in your first image just behind the dinghy park... that's where we're thinking of.
David we stayed in the cottages which is part of the marina just behind the restaurant behind the boat lift dog friendly. it was off the boat into the pub at lunch time for a quick shandy relax in the sun watch the world go by a wash and brush up for dinner a few schooners off to bed breakfast in the restaurant if required or on the patio off in the boat and do it all again for 7 days one of the best boating weeks we've had if you stay anywhere near the marina it will suit you down to the ground with your set up very easy slip with a pontoon walkway trailer parking a stones throw away perfect. Lot of river to visit sheltered just a great place. Someone mentioned Mcsalvors man cave wife took my wallet off me
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