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Old 04 May 2014, 10:22   #1
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Launching Lochinver and around, Highlands, Scotland

Hello folks

After two weeks of stunningly good weather over Easter ribbing down in the Ullapool / Lochinver / Kylesku area of Sutherland, Highlands, Scotland (intentionally using keywords to help with searches!) I'll post here some images of slips etc to help others who may be planning a trip this way.

While there's some useful info on here already in terms of text descriptions, these images will I trust help things become even clearer for you... And part of my payback for the brilliant help I've had from others :o)

Will upload to Boatlaunch too but wanted to add the additional info here.

The Clyde Cruising Club area guide "Ardnamurchan to Cape Wrath" is highly recommended for some interesting pilotage and local info

Sample pages: http://www.clyde.org/site/assets/fil..._cw_sample.pdf

To order: Clyde Cruising Club Sailing Directions - Clyde Cruising Club

This brilliant book is also very useful if you are into exploring and landing on the many islands in the area:
The Scottish Islands: The Bestselling Guide to Every Scottish Island: Amazon.co.uk: Hamish Haswell-Smith: Books

A great start to the season - here's a video taster from last week featuring Jess shooting the breeze:
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v...type=2&theater

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Old 04 May 2014, 10:27   #2
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Kylesku slipway

Kylesku slipway - here: Streetmap.co.uk - Search results

Note the much restricted width from when it was the car ferry slipway. Need around 2.3 metres of water (as quoted at Lochinver) to be sure of water above the abrupt end of the slip.

Can be very tight for getting down to the pier if people using the adjacent pub have parked both sides of the narrow approach lane.

Also not one for the faint heated if you don't like the very attentive observations of people drinking outside the adjacent pub, nor if you don't like big drops off a slipway!

But the stunning scenery makes up for it, and an interesting tide race in the adjacent narrows to play in.
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Lochinver

The new-ish slip at Lochinver next to the breakwater and pontoons - here: Streetmap.co.uk - Search results

Usable at all states of the tide and power washed by the harbour staff when I was there.

The 26 for 15 days I paid for use of the pontoon and slip here (plus showers etc) and all other such Highland Council facilities was great value, and opened up very useful dialogue with the Harbour Master.
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Old Dornie, Achiltibuie

Slipway at Old Dornie, near Achiltibuie: here Streetmap.co.uk - Search results

Great for access to the Summer Isles - quite spot and people you do meet are keen interested boaters. Good amount of space for parking if you carry on towards the pier.

Concrete slip runs out at around half tide, but firm stones below it were no problem for launching and recovery by the Shogun. Need around 1 metre of tide to get in and our due to adjacent shallows.
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Scourie

Recently repaired slip at Scourie - here: Streetmap.co.uk - Search results

I didn't use this but it's much improved by community. Steep angle and signs of some trailers catching the lip at the start of the ramp.
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Lower Badcall

Piers and slips at Lower Badcall here - Streetmap.co.uk - Search results

As commented elsewhere on Ribnet, the road down to this appears private due to the fish farm sign, but there is a public car park down there and reportedly this is a public slip. I didn't use this so can't confirm this.

The various sloping piers and slipways look to give options for all states of the tide, though the best slip looked to have a loadall parked across it both times I went past.
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Old Dornie, Achiltibuie

More useful image at a 1 metre tide
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Ullapool

Slip and adjacent ramp at Ullapool at low tide - here: Streetmap.co.uk - Search results

Very handy for adjacent petrol station
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And just a few other shots to tempt you, taken from the days out starting from these slips - I hope you have as good a time - Enjoy!

Others feel free to comment to add to this info

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Summer Isles

And a couple from the Summer Isles

And that's it :o)
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