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Old 27 October 2009, 08:32   #11
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try loch lomond its a great loch u can camp on any of the irlands for free
Thanks for the suggestion - I do like Loch Lomond, but its somewhere I have been a lot and for various reasons for the trip I have in mind would prefer to actually get "away from it" all.
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I did a weekend trip just like the one you are looking for. We set off from Fairlie about 2 mile south of Largs launched off the beach on friday afternoon and headed for Glencallum Bay on the south tip of Bute ( head for the lighthouse and its just to the left) OS ref. 111777 52703. It is a sheltered bay with a sloping beach and flat ground for the tents, no driftwood so take your own for the fire On the Saturday we sailed anticlockwise around Bute and landed on SW side of Inchmarnock OS ref 02535 58690 great flat beach plenty of room for tents. If you get there early enough pitch your tents and take the boat across to Catacol Bay on the north of the Isle of Arran about 9 mile great little pub there then back for the campfire and beach party Sunday head back to Fairlie or wrangle another night and stop off at Little Cumbrae have a great "adventure"
Thanks that sounds like it has some potential, and I guess if the weather kicks up then we could just play around Cumbrae etc and find a nice warm B&B in Millport!

OK we have some good ideas so far... anyone want to suggest a route if there is really nice settled weather for say the Isla/Jura/Mull direction?
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... anyone want to suggest a route if there is really nice settled weather for say the Isla/Jura/Mull direction?
Oban- Bunnahabhain - Caoul Isla - Ardbeg - Lagavullan - Laphroig - Bowmore - Bruichladdich - Oban?
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I see a problem... i'll be driving...
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You missed isle of jura at craighouse!!
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Hi you could always launch at Tayvallich, Carsaig, Crinan or Ardfern and cross the sound either anti or clockwise around jura do 'corry' and the grey dogs up to easdale and back down. If good weather window you will not beat it for scenery and boating. Alystra can give you some tips re select wee bays for camping if that is what you want to do. Good B&B at Craighouse at hotel. Hope this helps.
Have a good one where ever you go and be safe and take plenty of photos.

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Hi you could always launch at Tayvallich, Carsaig, Crinan or Ardfern and cross the sound either anti or clockwise around jura do 'corry' and the grey dogs up to easdale and back down. If good weather window you will not beat it for scenery and boating. Alystra can give you some tips re select wee bays for camping if that is what you want to do. Good B&B at Craighouse at hotel. Hope this helps.
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thanks Jambo - i've launched at Tayvallich before but only directly into Loch Sween - as we had a toddler with us and the Sound of Jura was not looking very welcoming on those days! I completely agree that its a fantastic location. And the sheltered option of Loch Sween obviously gives an alternative plan if its blowing a hoolie. If Alystra can suggest suitable shores for camping on that would be great - unfortunately we don't have a plumbing-pipe-and-tarp tent to go the full hog with!
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Yeah, good call. Thinking about it, I missed Ledaig as well......

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Indeed. I have been toying with this problem for a while now. I am hatching a plan involving Port Ellen Marina, a B&B, a pair of hiking boots and / or a bike....
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Why not bring the latest copy of the MAIB reports with you, & some back issues if you are an enthusiastic reader? You can use a searchlight to read with while in the tent (be careful if camping near the coast in case the searchlight is accidentally directed at the bridge of a ship, apparently it destroys the watchkeepers night vision if he is actually awake), dont stay up too late in case of fatigue, its rife & everyone on watch on ships is asleep :-)
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Why not bring the latest copy of the MAIB reports with you, & some back issues if you are an enthusiastic reader? You can use a searchlight to read with while in the tent (be careful if camping near the coast in case the searchlight is accidentally directed at the bridge of a ship, apparently it destroys the watchkeepers night vision if he is actually awake), dont stay up too late in case of fatigue, its rife & everyone on watch on ships is asleep :-)
Oi! The position of "Cranky, Sarcastic and Irritating Irish lad with a Long Memory" on this forum is already taken and I've 11 months left on me contract!

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