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Old 09 September 2020, 14:13   #1
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Hi All,
I am new to this forum and am reading some previous posts with interest. I am also after a bit of advice. Does anyone know of good launch places/cruising areas on the west coast of Scotland. I have never been boating in Scotland but keep seeing fantastic photos of the coastline. The ideal would be somewhere easy to launch with accommodation within reasonable distance.
Any suggestions gratefully received.
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Old 09 September 2020, 14:35   #2
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Hi All,
I am new to this forum and am reading some previous posts with interest. I am also after a bit of advice. Does anyone know of good launch places/cruising areas on the west coast of Scotland. I have never been boating in Scotland but keep seeing fantastic photos of the coastline. The ideal would be somewhere easy to launch with accommodation within reasonable distance.
Any suggestions gratefully received.
Tim
Welcome Tim

Skye's the limit mate a few from me

Ardoran marine cottages slipway pontoons five miles from Oban
Tayvalich cottages camp site good food and a free slip pontoons five quid a night thirty miles from Oban near lochliped
Dunstaffnage marina cottages slipway pontoons food three miles from Oban

There's loads more cottages are plentiful everywhere but Oban as a base covers enough for everyone I've been going up there all my life and recently found wild camping which is something else even at 66 years young.
Some of the locals will be along soon

Enjoy
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Tim,

Give us some idea of the boat and your experience, and maybe how long you want to drive to get there. E.g. you can get pretty good scenery just on the Firth of Clyde which will gave you at least a couple of hours from Oban. If you’ve got the right boat Oban-Northern Ireland and Skye are day trips in others you might not go much beyond Lismore and Kerrera. All will be great, but the type of slip you need might vary.

Is this for this year? Obviously some things are bit more restricted just now.
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Thankyou for the advice I will take a look��
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The boat is new to me and is a Redbay 650 with twin 90s and 200 ltr tank so reasonable cruising range. I have fair experience in boats of similar size and a good plotter! I like the idea of heading over to NI. I appreciate I might have missed the opportunity for this year but I like making plans in advance so will most likely be spring now.
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The boat is new to me and is a Redbay 650 with twin 90s and 200 ltr tank so reasonable cruising range. I have fair experience in boats of similar size and a good plotter! I like the idea of heading over to NI. I appreciate I might have missed the opportunity for this year but I like making plans in advance so will most likely be spring now.

Is that the one that was for sale in N Wales? Out of Pwllheli I think? Looked like a nice boat.
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We stay at Carradale Bay campsite on the Mull of Kintyre . Decent slip in the harbour , lovely cabins , statics etc and a helpful site owner Colin.
One of the visitors this year went over on his rib the day to N.I for lunch but obviously weather/sea conditions are key. Nice safe bay and plenty of wildlife with dolphins, porpoise and this year Minke whales.Click image for larger version

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Well worth a visit but book early as it gets busy. Lots of small sibs etc.
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Yes that is it ��
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We stay at Carradale Bay campsite on the Mull of Kintyre . Decent slip in the harbour , lovely cabins , statics etc and a helpful site owner Colin.
One of the visitors this year went over on his rib the day to N.I for lunch but obviously weather/sea conditions are key. Nice safe bay and plenty of wildlife with dolphins, porpoise and this year Minke whales.Attachment 135048
Well worth a visit but book early as it gets busy. Lots of small sibs etc.
This is very helpful. Thankyou
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