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Old 25 August 2009, 19:15   #1
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Trip to Tyree and Skerryvore lighthouse

We are planning on making a trip from Oban to Tyree and exploring Skerryvore lighthouse within the next month or so. Do any ribbers fancy joining us?

Also intersted to hear from anybody who is planning other trips around the Scottish and North East coast.

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Old 25 August 2009, 21:38   #2
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All I can say is...........
Good Luck getting to Skerryvore at this late date in the year!
You might make it just going on the first weather window but on a preplanned weekend the odds are stacked against you.
We are out locally up and down the west coast all the time but it is usually last minute, saturday saying let go out sunday, after looking at the weather.
We are still hoping to a round Arran trip, Return to small isles trip and Ballycastle trip this year but will wait and see how the sea looks over the next month or so.
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We are still hoping to a round Arran trip,
Writ large over Ailsa Craig are the words "Abandon all hope ye who enter here".

If the current weather systems are to continue, we'd be better off selling the boats and building bridges...

Then again, at least we're not in the Solent
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Then again, at least we're not in the Solent
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Old 28 August 2009, 06:49   #5
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Trip around small isles and Ballycastle

Hi Bruce,

Very interested in trip to small isles and Ballycastle. When are you planning for?

Do you know if you can actually land on Skerryvore? When we went to Bellrock, we swam in the last 50m.

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When we went to Bellrock, we swam in the last 50m.
Hi,

Where did you launch from to go to bell rock?

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This might interest you. Bell Rock lighthouse. Notice the height of the algae on the North Sea wave side.
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Old 03 September 2009, 06:18   #8
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Ermmmmmmm yes!

I'd pick my day. I usually launch on the West Coast or Port Edgar though, so am still interested in where you launched to get there? I understand it's 12 miles out?

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It's about 12 miles out from Fifeness so a fair treck from Port Edgar. You could launch from North Berwick if on the south side and have a nice day trip. Bass Rock, Isle of May, Bell Rock, St Andrews etc.
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or if you want to launch North side, Elie - www.eesc.org.uk PM when your planning i will arrange use of clubhouse and you might get some company from other powerboaters in club. (Although none of us have been adventourus to go that far.....)

Its very isolated place bell rock...the closest place would be of course Arbroath, if there is a slip. This was the port they used to build it.

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I go to Elie quite a lot (have the odd relaxing afternoon collecting the garnets) but never worked out where there's a slip? Or do you just use the beach?

Arbroath is a really good idea, from vague memories I do think there's a 1/2 decent slip there. The other place I guess is St Andrews, but have no idea about slips there...........
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Slip at Elie

At the harbour, pass the Ship Inn, the other car park from "ruby" bay, which is actually faces "Woodhavens bay"!

There is slip facing the lighthouse down at the rocks, or you can use the beach.

Club membership is only £58 or £80 Family (2 kids + under 21 in FT Education) - PM me i get you use of clubhouse for the day, as my guess.

Launching I think is £40 for season pass or £10 a day.


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You can not launch in the harbour at Arbroath but there is a ramp which you can use to drive down to the beach it is a hard sand and shale sort of beach. Click image for larger version

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The trouble is that it looks to be a very shallow, so you would probably need to drive in a fair way to get enough depth to get your boat of the trailer. I was reliably informed by some salty sea dogs in the harbour, that the local lads use it to launch they’re Ribs, not tried it myself yet.
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I thought there quite a good slipway in the harbour - or have they blocked access? It is a while since I've been there...... Just need an angle grinder to remove the council fence! Sorted
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Ermmm just realised my mistake - I'm thinking of Broughty Ferry.... close though!!!!!!!
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I did a reccy to Tayport - the harbour there is owned by a boat club, have a slip that from memory is useable at all bar about 1 hr either side of LW, insdide the harbour so chuch weather not an issue. A friendly member told me they are happy to do a launch / recover fee withiout having to join, from memory it was a fiver in & out.

Last time I looked at Arbroath (about a year ago) I remeber seeing a notice on the harbour wall implying that they were going to build a slip to try & help the leisure boaters while keeping them out the fishing boat's hair kind of thing. It was one of those official "plans at the town hall, submint your objections by next Thursday please" bits of paper.
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BTW just incase i was not clear, the SLIP at Elie does NOT belong to the sailing club and is open for ALL to use.

It belongs to Elie Harbour Trust, and monies are paid to harbour master not the sailing club.

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Hi Julie,

We launched at St Andrews beach. There is a road that goes directly onto the beach. However, you have to be very carefull and not stop on the sand for long as you quickly sink. I would not attempt unless I had a 4x4 and at the time I had a 16 foot Humber. I would not attempt with my current rib as it is a bit heavy.
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St Andrews Sailing Club Launch their Rescue Boats on beach, i launched my 5.5 metre whilst doing safety cover. I believe St Andrews Uni. Marine Research use that slip too.

My Mate also launches his 4.8 Metre, but with freelander!

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if your coming out to tiree let me no bit fearce for skerryvore now tho
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