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Old 08 February 2004, 04:03   #1
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The full monty?

Having circumnavigated the UK, thanks to Brian and Cyanide, in company with Mike and Di on Magellan Alpha, I became interested in 'islands'. Particularly in those small and remote islands that are a part of the UK, but that remain largely unknown to those outside the boating community.

I'm talking about such islands at St. Kilda off the Western Isles, or the even lesser known Flannan Isles perched about 20 miles off the top of the Hebrides, from where the 3 lighthouse crew dissapeared without any trace in 1900. About 40 miles north east of Cape Wrath is Sule Skerry and nearby Rona with it's lighthouse.

These islands, though no longer inhabited, are all a part of the UK. And of course the UK also includes Orkney, Fair Isle and Shetland.

My imagination was whetted by the descriptions of these loneley outcrops of our country and I have decided that when I move permanently to Scotland and get my next boat I will endeavour to visit these isolated islands. After all having done 300+ miles in a day with Brian I think that a trip out of 50 miles or so should be manageable.

Any way, I digress so back to the main subject - circumnavigation of the UK.

I began to wonder what about if someone were to do a REAL circumnavigation of the UK? Not just the mainland but of the whole UK, with all those islands included. Just imagine starting from some point on the south coast and travelling 'clockwise'. You'd have to go out around Bishop Rock in the Scilly Islands then in order to go around Northern Ireland you would have to actually go around the whole of the island of Ireland. Then continue up and outside St Kilda, turning north east past the Flannan Isles and the aforementioned Sule Skerry and Rona. North past Orkney, Fair Isle and Shetland. Now you could at last turn south back past the north isles to the mainland again.

Having reached the English Channel you would then have to take in the Channel Islands (or would you as they are not a part of the UK?) before returning home and completing the circumnavigation.

What a journey that would make!

So, at (very) long last, my question is...has anyone ever done this in a RIB?

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Old 08 February 2004, 05:07   #2
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Keith,

I think Alan Priddy has done something very similar, but I can't remember if he included the Channel Islands.

You have overlooked one UK island which may prove a bit tricky in a sib - Rockall

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Old 08 February 2004, 06:36   #3
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Further info on the going's on on Rockall can be found in their own on-line newspaper

http://www.therockalltimes.co.uk/

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KH, St Kilda and another off Cape Wrath are RAF bombing ranges. You might get a nasty suprise especially when the new Eurofighter need practise time. Afterall there aren't that many places in Central Europe were you can let rip with some of the deadliess killing machines man can think off. However NW Scotland with its outstanding beauty, unspoilt scenery and wildlife well thats just the place then.

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They don't actually bomb St. Kilda, Pete!

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Well Mr.Hart, just to whet your appetite.

Arriving St. Kilda in a sib.
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The old Main Street. The renovated houses can be recognised by the new, black roofs.
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The St.Kilda Airport Departure Lounge is the hut in front of the wind sock, bottom left.
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There's even evening entertainment.
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Leaving in a rib.

Left to right; Hirta, Soay, Stac an Armin and Boreray.

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