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Old 28 July 2008, 16:42   #1
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Advice on cursing the Scottish West Coast

We are thinking of cursing the Scottish West Coast in 2009 and if we like it in 2010 as well.

Our initial idea is to move the RIB to somewhere like the Dunstaffnage Marina Nr Oban where it can be stored ashore. When we come up we could take a berth in Tobermory Harbour and rent a cottage nearby for a couple of weeks.

Looking at it if we were based on the northern end of Mull we would be in striking distance of lots of nice places. Storing the boat in Dunstaffnage means it is just that bit easier for us to get to (and us get it there).

Could any of you Scottish contributors recommend anything? Good places for storage of the RIB, Good harbours, Good Pubs, Good B&Bs and Good Self catering accommodation.

We are thinking of coming up for a few days in August to do a bit of resonance. I reckon itís an 8hr drive for us to reach Dunstaffnage from where we live.

The RIB is currently in Spain where it is stored undercover when we are not there. We donít have a trailer at all, just a cradle with dolly wheels on it which is used when she is stored undercover or when in transit. I would arrange for it to be trucked direct to Scotland.

Thanks in advance for your contributions.

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Old 28 July 2008, 16:43   #2
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Why not - they deserve it for dumping Gordon Brown on us!!!
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Old 28 July 2008, 17:13   #3
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Yeah, why curse us? What have we ever done to you?
You will probably need a launching trolley of some sort, facilities are a bit more basic up here although the larger marinas have good facilities.
You'll probably pay through the nose to get a RIB lifted in and out on a regular basis though, be warned!
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[QUOTE=Jon.esp;257946] We are thinking of cursing the Scottish West Coast in 2009 and if we like it in 2010 as well.



B*****d Scottish West Coast.
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Is the dolly its on suitable for launching with say a tractor? if so may be worth giving paul at Linnhe Marine (07721 503981) a call. Sensible prices, & friendly service. - But he has no "lifting" facilities. No vested interest - was keeping my boat there till recently (now moved closer to home, as wasn't using it enough). But if we were to put a boat back in the oban area - it would probably be there.
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If you are looking for self catering then Lochaline dive centre in the sound of mull
http://www.lochalinedivecentre.co.uk/index.html has bunk house accommodation which is self catering, bunks are two to a room they also have their own mooring for guests.

Although it is a dive centre walkers, fishermen and anybody looking for accommodation use it Mark who owns the place is very accommodating.

You would need to book ahead as it is busy at the weekend.
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Our initial idea is to move the RIB to somewhere like the Dunstaffnage Marina Nr Oban where it can be stored ashore. When we come up we could take a berth in Tobermory Harbour and rent a cottage nearby for a couple of weeks.


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Sounds like a good plan to me. Dunstaffnage is a very nice marina (and getting better all the time), and launching there is pretty good although you will need a trailer. Plenty of good self catering accommodation on Mull. I have used this site a couple of times to find places when I'm working over there http://isle-of-mull-accommodation.co...-catering.html. Be aware that Tobermory harbour gets fairly busy in the summer and you may find it hard to get a berth (visitors moorings generally more available than alongside the pontoon if you can get ashore from your boat)

Make sure you visit the Mish Nish at Tobermory, and I hope you have a great time
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another one you could try is http://www.drbmarine.co.uk/

it is located in Rosneath on the gareloch across the water from RHU marina ....donny can also store and launch for you ........he is also only about 20mins from Glasgow airport if you decide to fly up rather than drive


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he is also only about 20mins from Glasgow airport
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Old 29 July 2008, 04:52   #10
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Thanks for all the responses

1. Polwart. Thanks for the suggestion of Linnhe Marine. The cradle with dolly wheels is very basic and is not designed for launching. The dolly wheels are like furniture casters and the cradle only supports the centre of the hull. I suppose I could get it modified by a fabricator but at the end of the day it may be cheaper to pick up a launching trolley or elderly trailer locally. Do you know of any around up there?

2. Grasshopper. Thanks for the Lochaline Dive Centre suggestion. We will check it out as it may be an idea for a few days.

3. Ian thanks for the DRB suggestion. I will check it out but I think we were hoping to be a bit further north. Flying sounds good but one of the attractions of moving the boat to the UK / Ireland is so we can take the dog. The stewardesses have a sense of humour failure when the find a Lab in the overhead cabin locker!!!

4. Ian W Thanks for the link for the accommodation. Re the launching at Dunstaffnage and a trailer see 1. above. I have however already emailed them to see what they can offer. I had though I would pre book a mooring preferably a pontoon at Tobermory but havenít contacted them to see if this could be done. It looks a busy place on their site. What is the Mish Nish?

5. Anybody. What about making 1,2or 3 day trips up further north? Rum, Egg, Skye etc. I found a site for The Old Forge near Mallaig so is it worth a visit?

Thanks again

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