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Old 28 November 2015, 17:16   #1
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3 days away with the wife....

im' toying with the idea of taking the wife, my lad (whose very capable aged 26 ) and his wife on our rib 5.5m yam 4 stroke up to largs for three days. We have some plans of where to go from there and where to stay. Somewhere along the planning we need to do some planning re routes. On the basis wife and I aged 55, son and his wife 26. medium weather what sort of reasonable mileage could we happily do a day. Something like 20knots average, start at 10 in the morning, two hours touring.arrive pub grub and one hour in the afternoon. Thats sixty miles a day. Sound reasonable? Ta Nik
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Old 28 November 2015, 18:58   #2
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im' toying with the idea of taking the wife, my lad (whose very capable aged 26 ) and his wife on our rib 5.5m yam 4 stroke up to largs for three days. We have some plans of where to go from there and where to stay. Somewhere along the planning we need to do some planning re routes. On the basis wife and I aged 55, son and his wife 26. medium weather what sort of reasonable mileage could we happily do a day. Something like 20knots average, start at 10 in the morning, two hours touring.arrive pub grub and one hour in the afternoon. Thats sixty miles a day. Sound reasonable? Ta Nik

We're of a certain age, & regularly do 100nm/day when we're "out west" no biggie. Just make sure you have good, foul weather gear (being cold is the killer in more ways than one) & an exit strategy if it turns snotty. Take hot drinks, we take a flask of hot water & pre-pack catering hot drinks, tea, coffee, bovril etc. Make sure you plan your lunch stop & make provision for mooring, getting ashore before you leave. The promise of a good lunch/coffee/cake stop is good for crew morale.
Above all, enjoy😄
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Old 28 November 2015, 19:35   #3
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I would suggest largs-portavadie for a meal etc, nice place and quite an easy sail, may see some basking sharks on the way off north arran. you can explore the loch once in there and goto tarbet etc.

largs-lamlash is also good if the weather is okay as it can be quite open to get there. again a meal at the top of the pier is possible with a nice little cafe/restaurant. you stand a decent chance of seeing basking sharks towards lamlash so worth a visit.

if you want to go further afield then i would recommend a circumnavigation of the kyles of bute and stopping off at tighnabruaich or rothesay perhaps worth a shot. this is pretty sheltered run so if weather isn't perfect then head up there.

if you want to go even further than largs-cambeltown is doable but if weather isn't perfect it would be quite a trip in a 5.5m boat.

none of the above requires a dinghy as there is a pier to tie up to.

hope that helps!
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Old 28 November 2015, 19:56   #4
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just to note - largs to cambletown is all about the journey not the destination if the "crew" are more likely to appreciate the destination I'd think about Otter Ferry or Tighnabruigh (and the Kyles) than Cambeltown.
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all of the places have pros/cons for sure depending on what you want.

i would also suggest you take in loch lomond for one of the days you are here if you have never been before.

if you want to see wildlife then sharks towards bottom of Arran is best bet, seals there is a colony at Dunoon and Milport. Dolphins you are probably best off Arran and have a bit of luck.

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Every ones got their favourites and you've got to include Tarbert and Caladh .
An easy day trip. Largs (or Kip) Rothesay, through the Kyles, Caladh, Tighnabruaich (don't know about getting ashore there), Tarbert, Portavadie and back round the south of Bute on the way back. Less than 60Kn miles all in.

FYI. Logistically not much difference between Largs and Kip. Largs has a better slip....into the marina, Kip's overnight charges aren't as brutal as Largs. (three days/two nights ain't going to make much difference)

PS round trip to Campbeltown is 80Kn mls from Largs and can get a bit bumpy especially around south east tip of Arran.
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just to note - largs to cambletown is all about the journey not the destination.
Someone once intimated to me that it wasn't the most salubrious overnight destination...
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Think I'd rather be in Cambletown than Largs !
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Here is another one of mostly Kyles of Bute and Loch Fyne with some of the local wildlife. Filmed in December.

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Old 29 November 2015, 09:04   #10
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Someone once intimated to me that it wasn't the most salubrious overnight destination...
There about a month ago, didn't stay overnight but the sun was shining and, to be fair, the place wasn't as grim as I'd remembered it.
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