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Old 11 October 2007, 18:41   #11
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went there as a kid also - is one of my must have to go back to places!

only difference now is that iam fat and drunk!

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Old 11 October 2007, 21:20   #12
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which slip to use

Been thinking about this been a place to go for a while, but not taken rib on holiday in Scotland are there plenty of slips to use to get to Staffa,would you go to mull or launch from the mainland, would like to be a trip of max 20 miles

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Old 12 October 2007, 03:39   #13
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I visited Staffa and Fingals cave a few years ago. In my case it was by yacht though. We motored over from an small anchorage on Mull almost due north of Staffa on a glassy calm morning.

The anchorage is pretty much unprotected at Staffa and I recall (because poor weather was meant to be imminent) we decided not to drop a hook. (Not sure but it might be quite deep - check). Landing to the rocky 'quay' will be ok in a rib.

We jumped into an inflatable tender and rowed into the cave. IT was ok for water but even flat calm (it had been F6 the day before) there was a gentle 2' swell in the entrance. As we left around 10-10:30am all the tourist boats started arriving. So my advice is to get there early, it's quite magical when deserted. Not quite the same when 30 odd people walk round the corner.

(Afterwards we sailed through the Sound of Iona, across the south side of Mull and back to nr Oban in a rising northwesterly gale and sheeting rain. Strange as it may seem, it rated as one of the most memorable days sailing I've had. Quicker by RIB though! I have to say, the west coast and islands is one of the best areas anywhere.)
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Old 12 October 2007, 04:02   #14
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Any trip from the mainland to Staffa still involves a fairly lengthy trip in exposed sea. Going from Kilchoan on Ardnamurchan is probably the shortest but involves a long drive to get there. Shortest trip by far is to take the ferry to Mull and launch from Fionnphort.

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Old 12 October 2007, 12:46   #15
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how far


How far is the open water run?

Take it easy ....but, take it all the way.
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Old 12 October 2007, 18:40   #16
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Originally Posted by The Jackeens View Post
Cool link also

When jw gets back from his jaunt to the Outer Hebrides he will enjoy this thread.

Nice one Bigmuz7

K & P
Just home....Not been to Staffa in a rib but paddled there from Mull. As Bigmuz says, a bit swelly at the landing place and quite a surge into the cave. We landed at a rocky, bouldery beach but I don't remember it being suitable for a rib unless someone stays afloat and the others jump for it.

As Richard said, the anchorage looked a bit deep but folk use it so it must be okay.
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Old 12 October 2007, 19:41   #17
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So whilst we are talking about Fingals Cave. Anyone know the why its called that ?
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Old 12 October 2007, 22:19   #18
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Basically it's due to Mendelsson - he got the name from a poem translated by James Macpherson from ancient irish or Scottish texts.

I think it was Mendlesson though who first used the name applied to the actual cave.
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Old 13 October 2007, 02:49   #19
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Originally Posted by jwalker View Post
Just home....Not been to Staffa in a rib but paddled there from Mull.
Welcome back! (There has been a postal strike in these here parts btw )

Look forward to seeing some more shots of these beautiful parts of the Isles

K & P
Happy New Resolutions!!! : RIBbing for the craic!!!
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Old 14 October 2007, 04:10   #20
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Been twice both times by yacht, first time anchord off and went ashore by dinghy. It was quite a tricky landing and retrieving over a 100ft of chain to leave was far tooo much exertion for one day. The second time we left some one onboard and just drifted, the rest went straight into the cave by dinghy so should be able to take a RIB straight in as if I remember correctly (it was 17 years ago) there is plenty of room.
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