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Old 05 April 2013, 18:44   #11
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Not tried it since refurb but I have been told recently the Cregan inn by Connel bridge is worth a visit.
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Old 06 April 2013, 02:56   #12
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Not tried it since refurb but I have been told recently the Cregan inn by Connel bridge is worth a visit.
The eateries by Connel Bridge are the Oyster Inn (south side) or the Lochnell (north). The Creagan Inn is at the bridge over Loch Creran, a few miles north. Any of them are worth a visit
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Old 06 April 2013, 06:39   #13
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the eateries by connel bridge are the oyster inn (south side) or the lochnell (north). The creagan inn is at the bridge over loch creran, a few miles north. Any of them are worth a visit
creagan inn is it open? have they any moorings the old slip was a bit dodgy last time and they were shut for lunch
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Yes, Creagan is open. I haven't been there for a while but I ate at the Lochnell last night and that was OK (looking across the water to my house). The Oyster is under new management and doing well. They'd get my vote at the moment,and of course being able to walk there and back is a bit of an advantage for me!
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Were staying at oyster for Scotrib cruise drop in and we will get you a beer from 2nd may Thurs night till Wed
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Hi there sib

Just back from a 2 night stay at Primrose Cottage at Ardfern (when doing my advanced PB course - thanks to Chris from SeaSkills for a great two days)

Primrose Cottage - Bed and Breakfast accommodation in Ardfern, Craignish, Argyll

Boater friendly, good breakfast, happy to give local info. Very pretty area.

Short walk from Ardfern Marina (Home | Ardfern Yacht Centre, by Lochgilphead, Scotland), and all told struck me as a good place to stay if doing a DIY trip. Also decent shop for bits at the marina, nearby daytime café and post office. Can walk to The Galley Of Lorne Inn ::Official Website:: Hotels in Scotland, Ardfern by Oban and Lochgilphead, Argyll bed and breakfast Scotland too that does food in the evening, but reportedly a tad pricey and not the sort of hearty grub you'd want after a day on the boat! I drove around to Kilmartin for pub food, but if no car then it would do.

You may already have it but a local pilotage guide sounds just the thing for you in all sorts of ways. Eg Clyde Cruising Club

Hope this helps

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Thanks for all your help. One more question, Tobermory has petrol at the petrol station, but not not from what I can see at the pontoon, is that correct and if so I assume it's a jerry can job from the petrol station ? Thanks
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Thanks for all your help. One more question, Tobermory has petrol at the petrol station, but not not from what I can see at the pontoon, is that correct and if so I assume it's a jerry can job from the petrol station ? Thanks
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Thanks for all your help. One more question, Tobermory has petrol at the petrol station, but not not from what I can see at the pontoon, is that correct and if so I assume it's a jerry can job from the petrol station ? Thanks
Yep but the petrol station is only 50yds from end of pontoon just make sure you go as far in to the link gangway as possible to fill. Nice pubs/eaters on the new carpark at top of pontoon!
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Aye, the petrol is just beside the pub - you'll be going there anyway I brought a few big lads frae Scotland tae carry me cans - magic!

The fuel in Tobermory is cheaper than in Oban, so don't be shy. Craighouse/Jura is a bit of a faff for fuel - the keys are at the hotel and it's some way from the pump. Port Askaig, Islay, is a kernycan job too, but the pumps are as close to the water as Tobermory. There is supposed to be fuel on Colonsey, but I'd suggest calling ahead to check. The big Marinas up the west side of the Sound of Jura are diesel only, IIRC. Puffin Divers in Oban have petrol on the pontoon, but expect to pay a 20p per liter premium. Negotiation is not appreciated
There is a pump in Port Ellen, Islay, a shortish walk from the pontoons (250m?)

Petrol is manageable in the Isles, you just need to plan your trips and you WILL need cans, if only for peace of mind and a reserve. A small folding trolley would make life a lot easier if you need to carry fuel. Depart with the cans full, decant when you arrive, take the empties along with you for lunch and return with them filled. It's no biggie...

AVOID the Antler restaurant in Craighouse, Jura. The venison burgers are nicer at the hotel. The staff there are much much nicer too...

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