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Old 18 September 2015, 08:34   #1
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Hello, After some convincing the wife has granted me a week away next year to sample some of the west coast of Scotland

A friend and myself plan to tow the rib (6mt) up and spend 7 days on the water. Since reading about "The Gurnards" adventures this is something I must see and do. We plan to come up in May next year, flexible on dates and waiting for the best weather window, Launch perhaps at Oban and spend 6 nights touring. The plan is to spend 2 nights in Hotel/B&B and 4 nights wild camping.

Ideally would like to stay 1 night at Port Askaig hotel (fond memories) and the other hotel stop perhaps at Tobermory with camping in between and either side of hotels. I believe I can get fuel at both Port Askaig and Tobermory.

I'm looking for advise on the following:

When camping we plan to anchor or beach the rib using the tides and would like advise/recommendations on good beaches/sheltered bays where this is possible.

With 7 days what do you think is achievable in distance area to cover/Islands to visit of course weather dependant.

Best area to launch from and store car/trailer for a week.

Lastly any advise on kit or anything else from anyone that's done this themselves.

Thanks
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Old 18 September 2015, 09:13   #2
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Worth considering the Easdale Rib Rendevous as a start to your trip? Or I think Doug runs a week long trip where lots of boats cruise together. That said I completely understand the adventure and fun can be even more doing these things on your own.
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Hello, After some convincing the wife has granted me a week away next year to sample some of the west coast of Scotland

A friend and myself plan to tow the rib (6mt) up and spend 7 days on the water. Since reading about "The Gurnards" adventures this is something I must see and do. We plan to come up in May next year, flexible on dates and waiting for the best weather window, Launch perhaps at Oban and spend 6 nights touring. The plan is to spend 2 nights in Hotel/B&B and 4 nights wild camping.

Ideally would like to stay 1 night at Port Askaig hotel (fond memories) and the other hotel stop perhaps at Tobermory with camping in between and either side of hotels. I believe I can get fuel at both Port Askaig and Tobermory.

I'm looking for advise on the following:

When camping we plan to anchor or beach the rib using the tides and would like advise/recommendations on good beaches/sheltered bays where this is possible.

With 7 days what do you think is achievable in distance area to cover/Islands to visit of course weather dependant.

Best area to launch from and store car/trailer for a week.

Lastly any advise on kit or anything else from anyone that's done this themselves.

Thanks
Round Mull is a good trip...Taking in Tobermory ( short walk got Petrol & good Fish & Chips in the Pub) Iona and Staffa All doable in a longish day if the weathers ok...or you can break it up..Puffin Dive centre is another Petrol stop (but you'll pay a premium)
You must do the Corrie and the Grey Dogs if you're up that way
Easdale is good for a refreshment stop...as is Crinnan..and Croabh Haven.
Try and take in the Sea food stall on Oban Pier...far end!
There are loads of beaches and sheltered spots,but all choices depend on the prevailing weather/time size of tides ect at the time..that's where the SIB boys win out..are you taking a Tender?..it will give you more options.
It's a great place and if you have any sort of decent weather you'll be Hooked!
Have a good one!
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Old 18 September 2015, 12:04   #4
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Yes i second what both Poly and maximus have said you can have a great time in 'The West ' if you get the wx window but sometimes if you wait for the ultimate wx you'll never venture out!
What ever you do please do plenty of planning and get yourself the cruising books for the area so that you are familar with the tides and surges that are about.
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Old 18 September 2015, 18:21   #5
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Thanks for the advice.
Poly yes the security of a group cruising is appealing but as you said the sense of adventure of doing it alone is attractive.
Jambo I hear you, planning is key! We're starting now hoping to make it as safe and enjoyable as possible.
Maximus, thanks for your input. I know it will be testing in a rib compared to the sib boys. Don't really want to take a Tender as firstly I don't have one and secondly space is an issue with all the other kit we'll have to carry on a 6mt rib. Planning on anchoring overnight or using tide and sandy beach letting boat dry out overnight?
I turn 40 next year and rather than a weekend in Amsterdam with the Lads I am determined to do something more memorable! It's the early stages of planning for the trip and I appreciate all the help and knowledge you lot have.
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easdale rib rendezvous, that is really all you need :-)

cruise in company for 2/3 days then do your own thing rest of week if you like.
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easdale rib rendezvous, that is really all you need :-)

cruise in company for 2/3 days then do your own thing rest of week if you like.
Agree with dubrus we go for two weeks and then do our own thing talk to tony at seafari loads of tips off him
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Where ever you end up you will love it ;-)

Always somewhere to "hide" if the weather blows and usually we can have 4 seasons in a day. Fuel will always be an issue in the west so a good plan for filling and a couple of spare cans on board are essential ;-)
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Thanks for all your replies.

I have taken your advice and will be coming up for the Easdale rib rendezvous then doing our own thing for the rest of the week.

Just booked b&b in Easdale for 3 nights, roll on April
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Thanks for all your replies.

I have taken your advice and will be coming up for the Easdale rib rendezvous then doing our own thing for the rest of the week.

Just booked b&b in Easdale for 3 nights, roll on April

Great, look forward to meeting you in April.
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