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Old 03 January 2014, 06:06   #1
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Happy New Year all!

The missus and I are thinking about trying to sort out a week/5days on the west coast of Scotland in May before the midges get going. We considered the couples retreat at Portavadie but all their accom seems to be booked solid from May onwards if their website is to be believed. Anyone got any experiences of boat friendly self catering accomodation around the firth of clyde or Oban-ish? I guess at a push we could camp but might still be a bit parky in May for a full week.
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Happy New Year all!

The missus and I are thinking about trying to sort out a week/5days on the west coast of Scotland in May before the midges get going. We considered the couples retreat at Portavadie but all their accom seems to be booked solid from May onwards if their website is to be believed. Anyone got any experiences of boat friendly self catering accomodation around the firth of clyde or Oban-ish? I guess at a push we could camp but might still be a bit parky in May for a full week.
Just across the Loch from Portavadie, East Loch Tarbert, has a load of B&B, self-catering cottages and a marina which I've used when Portavadie has been full.
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CC in May you have two Ribnet cruises around the Oban area which might interest you. ERR and BIBOA are well established and have threads on here. I myself base myself at the village of Tayvallich on the sound of Jura. There are plenty of good self catering opportunities for you just google and pick. If you can be more specific re your area there are plenty of people on here that can help you. Hope this helps.

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Just across the Loch from Portavadie, East Loch Tarbert, has a load of B&B, self-catering cottages and a marina which I've used when Portavadie has been full.
Any specific recommendations?

Good call re the ERR. Is there likely to be much accom left at this late stage tho?
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Yes if you get in now on the accommodation part of the site.

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Sorry, no specific recommendations CC. We had our own accommodation aboard our sticks and string powered craft but I couldn't help noticing a load of B&B as we sailed into the harbour...
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Happy New Year all!

The missus and I are thinking about trying to sort out a week/5days on the west coast of Scotland in May before the midges get going. We considered the couples retreat at Portavadie but all their accom seems to be booked solid from May onwards if their website is to be believed. Anyone got any experiences of boat friendly self catering accomodation around the firth of clyde or Oban-ish? I guess at a push we could camp but might still be a bit parky in May for a full week.
Is it just for two people?

If so, then the "Wee Barn" (google it) in Tayvallich would suit you very well. I've not stayed there (as we need more space - so have been next door, and various other places in the village) but I know people who have. Its not so far away that you couldn't tag on a night in a B&B or tent to include the ERR at the start / finish.

If the idea of staying at a proper marina was what appealed about Portavadie (its a good location but not much else there) then there are Cottages at Craobh Haven too. I crashed on JK's floor there one year, and it appeared to be a compact, clean and functional terraced house, which would serve you well if the primary focus was getting afloat. There were a whole collection of similar houses...

There should be plenty of accom on the West Coast and Clyde in May though as it is term time.
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[QUOTE="Poly;590685"] Is it just for two people? If so, then the "Wee Barn" (google it) in Tayvallich would suit you very well. I've not stayed there (as we need more space



Hi how much is my brother in law paying you to advertise for him!! If Tayvallich us a possibility you can buddy up with me to go up to ERR. There's plenty of self catering houses in the village. Great cruising area. If you like give me or Poly a ring. Cheers B Sent from my iPhone using Rib.net
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Tbh Portavadie was fraught with problems (for one thing it's a long tow to still be in the F of C) but we've been there with my folks as floating guests and the couples retreat looked nice.

Saw the Wee Barn but it's reserved from mid-April to mid-June. I will be doing ERR one year for sure but I think SWMBO was thinking more of a romantic retreat with a bit of boating thrown in to keep me happy. I'm sorely tempted though...
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Tbh Portavadie was fraught with problems (for one thing it's a long tow to still be in the F of C) but we've been there with my folks as floating guests and the couples retreat looked nice. Saw the Wee Barn but it's reserved from mid-April to mid-June. I will be doing ERR one year for sure but I think SWMBO was thinking more of a romantic retreat with a bit of boating thrown in to keep me happy. I'm sorely tempted though...


If not the beauty of Tayvallich then try Loch Lomond Grt place for a wee romantic break on the 'Bonnie' banks

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