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Old 02 August 2014, 02:49   #1
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Heading up to jura / mull next weekend for a fortnight . Anyone got any advice on where to moor up if we head over to staffa ? And is it okay for the inexperienced .


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Heading up to jura / mull next weekend for a fortnight . Anyone got any advice on where to moor up if we head over to staffa ? And is it okay for the inexperienced .


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Staffa is pretty straight forward to get to...depending on wind which way round Mull you go(Usual safety rules apply)..Fuel available with a short walk at Tobermory..mooring at Staffa is Not really an option in our experience...any sort of Sea makes it unworkable.
The Sight seeing tours do have jetty,but I don't think they'll accommodate you...which is understandable.
If it's really quiet you may be able to drop off some Bods,but certainly don't COUNt on Mooring.
Still well worth the Trip!...and you can take in Iona too.
You have a great area to explore!Have a Good one!
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Staffa is pretty straight forward to get to...depending on wind which way round Mull you go(Usual safety rules apply)..Fuel available with a short walk at Tobermory..mooring at Staffa is Not really an option in our experience...any sort of Sea makes it unworkable.
The Sight seeing tours do have jetty,but I don't think they'll accommodate you...which is understandable.
If it's really quiet you may be able to drop off some Bods,but certainly don't COUNt on Mooring.
Still well worth the Trip!...and you can take in Iona too.
You have a great area to explore!Have a Good one!

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We are staying in Tobermory and have been there before . We have family and friends joining us when on mull so may not have as much time . Just the four of us the week before when on jura so I did think we might try staffa from jura stopping off at colonsay on the way .
If we got to staffa and conditions were good I guess we might be able to drop off , have a look and then swap . Might check ferry times for staffa and try and go outside of them
Did you get decent views of staffa without landing


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We are staying in Tobermory and have been there before . We have family and friends joining us when on mull so may not have as much time . Just the four of us the week before when on jura so I did think we might try staffa from jura stopping off at colonsay on the way .
If we got to staffa and conditions were good I guess we might be able to drop off , have a look and then swap . Might check ferry times for staffa and try and go outside of them
Did you get decent views of staffa without landing


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Yes, you'll get great views of Staffa without landing. With care you can take your boat right into the entrance of Fingals Cave (I took an 11m RIB in there a couple of weeks ago) and get some good pictures. You'll not get much time when there isn't one tour boat or another there, though.

It's a pretty easy trip around from Tobermory, weather permittting. Iona is only a short trip on from Staffa, and well worth extending your trip a little. Hope you have a great time
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Yes, you'll get great views of Staffa without landing. With care you can take your boat right into the entrance of Fingals Cave (I took an 11m RIB in there a couple of weeks ago) and get some good pictures. You'll not get much time when there isn't one tour boat or another there, though.

It's a pretty easy trip around from Tobermory, weather permittting. Iona is only a short trip on from Staffa, and well worth extending your trip a little. Hope you have a great time

Just been to get fuel for boat . Getting really excited now . We went over to Iona last time we stayed on mull (pre rib days ) .
We have had great holidays in the past on most of the islands but previously with a cheap inflatable that was just big enough to house a 2.5 hp two stroke .

On duck pond days I went out and caught mackerel . I think my horizons have broadened this year . Mind you if I get as much fun to the with my rib as I have with inflatable I will be a happy man

If you got your 11m in the cave then I think even I might be able to get my 4.8 in .

Does cave access need high tide ?



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Pretty Rocky close in to Back end of the Cave (Non tourist side) so keep a keen lookout the Tour Boats as said are pretty regular at the other entrance..and High Tide defiantly Best.
Not wishing to push beyond what your comfortable with....but that Rib of yours will handle most conditions very well and is a big step up from a SIB!
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Pretty Rocky close in to Back end of the Cave (Non tourist side) so keep a keen lookout the Tour Boats as said are pretty regular at the other entrance..and High Tide defiantly Best.
Not wishing to push beyond what your comfortable with....but that Rib of yours will handle most conditions very well and is a big step up from a SIB!

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Don't think my other one could be classed as a sib !!
Did PB2 last September in the rib we bought . First time on any rib !! We have used it quite a lot considering where we live . I am gradually pushing the boundaries bit by bit . The biggest learning curve I think is allowing for not being able to go very fast when it's a bit choppy and adjusting journey and or time accordingly .

Jura and mull gives us endless possibilities


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You'll hopefully find as your Helming improves... the 'Chop' will slow you up less than it did ...if needs be
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Heading up to jura / mull next weekend for a fortnight . Anyone got any advice on where to moor up if we head over to staffa ? And is it okay for the inexperienced .

If you're reasonably sensible and get some good weather you should be fine. Don't take anything for granted though as it can be a pretty challenging place to be if things start to unravel!
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If you're reasonably sensible and get some good weather you should be fine. Don't take anything for granted though as it can be a pretty challenging place to be if things start to unravel!

I am not to proud to ask harbour staff and locals before venturing out and if in any doubt . A beer in the hotel in craighouse or Tobermory looking out at it .

I think I will always be cautious but thanks for the heads up


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