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Old 21 September 2015, 14:56   #11
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I did exactly what you are thinking about in early July this year. Drove from Cornwall to Port Appin (Linnhe Marina) then headed past Tobermory, round the top of Mull and from there it is a very short trip to the Isle of Coll & Tiree. Spent a glorious week in and around the islands. Wild camping every night except one when a storm was due to blow in and we checked into the excelent Coll Hotel, which wasnt that much more expensive than the Coll Bunkhouse 100 yds away. The Fisherman there let us moor upto the quay so had plenty of shelter too.

Camping was fantastic, we got really fussy about our sites, wanting a very sheltered bay to anchor in, with a lovely sandy beach, and just at the end of the beach a grassy knoll to pitch our tent on. Its quite a demanding criteria, but every campsite came upto scratch, the like of which is very hard to find down here in the southwest. I can give you some co-ordinates if you want, but look on google earth and you will see some wonderful beaches on the islands. We would often moor the rib 1 hr before HW the it would dry out overnight on the soft sand and be ready for us the next morning.

Of course we kept a wary eye on the weather forecast so we never got stuck on a lee shore but ended up moving round the islands finding these campsite beatifully sheltered till the wind moved, the we would shift campsite.

One of the best sites was on the very NE tip of Coll looking directly at the tiny island of Eilean Mor. From our grassy pitch we had a 270 degree sea view from Mull past Ardnamurchan Point to Rum & Skye in the distance. We ended up loving this area some much we didnt go any further. Also big bonus no midges.

They tell me Tiree is the sunniest place in the UK & the windyest.

Here is a link to a video my did the trip. Scotland by Rib 2015
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I am planning to do a 'round Mull' trip in August with my 'other' limiting factor being air fills and dive sites.
We will fill up at Puffin and then at Lochaline, however does anyone out there have details on other potential cylinder fillers as this will have a major impact on our route....clockwise or anti-clockwise!
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Unless it has closed, there used to be an air station next to MacGochans in the car park up from the marina pontoons. Was run by Anne at Seafare 01688 302277
Worth double checking
Great trip - Tapti & Labrador on your plan ?
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Unless it has closed, there used to be an air station next to MacGochans in the car park up from the marina pontoons. Was run by Anne at Seafare 01688 302277
Worth double checking
Great trip - Tapti & Labrador on your plan ?
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Jeff is Arthur at SDS water-sports sheffield still around he knows oban area well and will be in the know.
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I am planning to do a 'round Mull' trip in August with my 'other' limiting factor being air fills and dive sites.
We will fill up at Puffin and then at Lochaline, however does anyone out there have details on other potential cylinder fillers as this will have a major impact on our route....clockwise or anti-clockwise!

How about hiring a small petrol compressor?

CCR is the way forward
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I am planning to do a 'round Mull' trip in August with my 'other' limiting factor being air fills and dive sites.
We will fill up at Puffin and then at Lochaline, however does anyone out there have details on other potential cylinder fillers as this will have a major impact on our route....clockwise or anti-clockwise!
Aurania is worth a dive as well as the Tapti and Labrador mentioned by Jeff, assume you already know of all the Sound of Mull wrecks. Best thing to do is buy Argyll Shipwrecks by Moir and Crawford.
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Jeff is Arthur at SDS water-sports sheffield still around he knows oban area well and will be in the know.
He is ;-) ,,, but he tends to head to the Garvellachs, Jura, Islay as opposed to up the Sound nowadays
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I would love to try some wild camping round the islands.
I camped on the garvallachs once years ago... I returned last your and the flys really did spoil it. Think they were some type of horse fly and miges!!

So is it un-orthodox to put the dive kit in for ERR ?? 😁😁😁
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So is it un-orthodox to put the dive kit in for ERR ?? ������
Plenty of scallops to be had around inch isle
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Air in Tobermory is now a self serve compressor arrangement provided by Tobermory Harbour Association in the building at the top of the pontoon bridge :-)
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