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Old 18 January 2013, 13:47   #61
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Cheers. I'll get the second!


Thought for those arriving sometime on Friday-

I am giving serious thought to launching at Dunstaffnage. Theory goes that it means one less trailer along a narrow road, one less trailer to find somewhere to park... etc... You get the drift!

Cost difference wrt fuel (based on my setup) is negligible in the bigger picture, but the launch fee would be an extra. Having said that, it struck me that as I'll be spending between 24 & 48 hrs either in my waterproofs or in a tent, the use of the shower facilities might be worth that! Also tides should allow a bonus trip under the Atlantic bridge.

One for the thought pot!
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Cheers. I'll get the second!

Thought for those arriving sometime on Friday-

I am giving serious thought to launching at Dunstaffnage. Theory goes that it means one less trailer along a narrow road, one less trailer to find somewhere to park... etc... You get the drift!

Cost difference wrt fuel (based on my setup) is negligible in the bigger picture, but the launch fee would be an extra. Having said that, it struck me that as I'll be spending between 24 & 48 hrs either in my waterproofs or in a tent, the use of the shower facilities might be worth that! Also tides should allow a bonus trip under the Atlantic bridge.

One for the thought pot!
Good thinking have you thought of Ardoran just round the corner in Feochan.

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Yep. I just reckoned the Marina was easier driving, esp. for those with larger rigs who might have just traveled 300+ miles.

Nothing cast in stone, I even toyed with a Linnhe Marine launch, as the extra boat fuel is nicely offset by a much lower slip fee and what I reckon is an easier drive through Glencoe than the winding A84 behind the inevitable tourist bus....

Final decision may depend on the weather on the day!
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Afraid we can't join you as we will be coming up on the water hopefully on Fri early pm if wx good we come up and meet you of Oban. We will keep the plans til we know the wx but keep in touch.

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Hi folks, new member, and intending to be at the ERR. My rib is 8.5m Tornado, so from reading so far looks like best to launch elsewhere - near Oban etc instead of trailing down towards Easdale. Appreciate any advice on this, and of course looking forward to putting names to faces at the event.

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Hi and welcome. The Easdale road is ok for 10m ribs. But you could launch at Ardoran, C Haven or dunstaffnage. But if your ok trailing then go Easdale and launch at Cuan with the other big boys. See you there you enjoy. Look at the site for instructions for launching.

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Hi folks, new member, and intending to be at the ERR. My rib is 8.5m Tornado, so from reading so far looks like best to launch elsewhere - near Oban etc instead of trailing down towards Easdale. Appreciate any advice on this, and of course looking forward to putting names to faces at the event.

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Hi and welcome.
Look forward to meeting you at Easdale.
Perhaps indulge in a few "nippy sweeties"
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Hi and welcome. The Easdale road is ok for 10m ribs. But you could launch at Ardoran, C Haven or dunstaffnage. But if your ok trailing then go Easdale and launch at Cuan with the other big boys. See you there you enjoy. Look at the site for instructions for launching.
OK, OK.... I admit.... it's more a case of "tow boat or drive boat? - I know which I'd rather do".....

The rest you can work out!
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OK, OK.... I admit.... it's more a case of "tow boat or drive boat? - I know which I'd rather do".....

The rest you can work out!
Ok take your point and I agree but I was just trying to give alternatives.

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Cool, - as was I... just more in a "drink fuel in the rib rather than the car" style!

Granted my thought is going to be as much use as a chocolate fireguard if you are in a B&B.
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Cool, - as was I... just more in a "drink fuel in the rib rather than the car" style!

Granted my thought is going to be as much use as a chocolate fireguard if you are in a B&B.
No I do agree as I will I hope be coming up from Tayvallich by rib so I will be putting a lot of the money in the tank so to speak also staying on the island in a cottage.

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Reckon i will tow to Cuan then. not 100% sure of the range i have in the new boat (new to me that is). Got to tow from South Queensferry anyway, so not too far to get to Cuan. Allegedly 300l tank, and twin 130 honda 4-strokes (2002). Will be out a fair few times before May so fingers crossed will have solid fuel approach by then. If not, paranoia will ensue and will have a pile of Jerry can's on deck.

Was reading the threads about best tow-cars earlier - wow, lots of landrover hostility. I'm a Defender 110 owner, but past Landcruiser Amazon and Prado owner. Sadly neither works, and solution for me is a Discovery 4 i reckon. hope the reliability issues are now sorted. My 2012 defender has been with landrover for 5 weeks for a new gearbox and clutch - crazy!

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...on the subject of which, a quandary has been plaguing me since this was announced:

Lap of 1 island,
1 interesting wee loch to investigate
3 distilleries needing virtually negligible diversion from the planned route........ so far so good.

Jura:
Winter tours "One daily tour from 11am. This tour is on a first come first served basis, allowing whoever books the tour first to negotiate its start tome between 11am and 2pm".

Caol Isla
April - August
Monday - Sunday: 09.00 - 17.00
Tours: 09.30, 11.30, 12.30, 14.30 & 15.30
Maturation Experience: Daily at 10.30
Premium Tasting: Daily at 13.00"


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19 March – 28 October 2012
Tour Times: 10:30 13:30 and 15:30 Monday to Friday only
A Standard Tour consists of a distillery tour with one taste of Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old.
Duration: 1 hour approx.
Standard tours require to be booked in advance as places are limited.
Other tours midweek



Now, a very quick skim of that would imply the jaunt might not include Bunnahabhain...
Quick Speed -time - dist calc In round numbers, 100 miles @ 20 Knots = 5 hrs motoring. Say dep 0930, a straight uneventful lap would be a return at 1430. Assuming the Easdale grub is at, say, 5.30 that gives 3 hrs to do either Loch tarbert, and / or one or more of threee Potential distilleries.

Assuming (again) that most "tasting tours" will take about an hour, and (This bit isn't an assumption!) that Loch Tarbert is well worth a visit it strikes me that we might need to make a choice!


Now, Based on the quick birl round the websites, as there will be signifcant numbers, would a "negotiation" at Jura without anyone actually having turned up yet be feasible?..... One could maybe argue that toss for all three of them?


So, more thoughts in the pot. I'll roll with whatever happens, but a quick reality check hints if Loch Tarbert is on the cards for the scenery, there is a decision to be made!

......

......


Any.one for an 0600 dep?

*Note for future search finds*
Distillery info got from their websites at 2330, 22/1/2013. If you are reading this in 2032, it's probably changed!
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Just drove to easedale in the landy today


What a drive! Not the nicest of days but the scenery was amazing


Bit concerned that we might have to run to craobh, ardfern or oban after the day out

Are there any moorings nearby with a b&b within walking range?

My plan is to bring the boat up to craobh or ardfern the week before,

Then come up when the event starts but thats as far as we got

And with the b&bs booked out were struggling for accomodation
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Theres also some bloody big seagulls up the west coast
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Just drove to easedale in the landy today


What a drive! Not the nicest of days but the scenery was amazing


Bit concerned that we might have to run to craobh, ardfern or oban after the day out

Are there any moorings nearby with a b&b within walking range?

My plan is to bring the boat up to craobh or ardfern the week before,

Then come up when the event starts but thats as far as we got

And with the b&bs booked out were struggling for accomodation
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Just drove to easedale in the landy today

What a drive! Not the nicest of days but the scenery was amazing

Bit concerned that we might have to run to craobh, ardfern or oban after the day out

Are there any moorings nearby with a b&b within walking range?

My plan is to bring the boat up to craobh or ardfern the week before,

Then come up when the event starts but thats as far as we got

And with the b&bs booked out were struggling for accomodation


We have a couple of self catering cottages, one of them we do on a long weekend basis.

If you are struggling to find a mooring to leave your boat I have enough space here you could leave it.
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If we camp behind the Highland Arts centre is there anywhere to get a shower? Not bothered personally but the mrs is a bit fussier!!!
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We have a couple of self catering cottages, one of them we do on a long weekend basis.

If you are struggling to find a mooring to leave your boat I have enough space here you could leave it.
Alan are you just south of Oban or Easdale/Seil?

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If there's not and she's stuck she can come over and have a shower at our's.

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