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Old 04 September 2011, 16:48   #1
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Slipways near Kinlochbervie

Has anyone launched near kinlochbervie or Handa Island with a Rib ?
Any sugestions as to possible slipways ?
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Old 09 September 2011, 07:30   #2
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Kylesku

Nearest one appears to be at Kylesku - which, of course, you'll be driving through on the way to Handa Island/Kinlochbervie - unless you're approaching from Orkney!

Here's the location:-

Streetmap.co.uk- search results for 223027,933962

and go to Boatlaunch.co.uk Home Page and zoom in and then click on the red symbol to find out info on the slipway.

Smashing part of the country to be in!!! :-)

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Old 09 September 2011, 07:57   #3
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Thanks Arthur ,

This last week I studied google earth a LOT , There are 100's of slipways on there that are not on boat launch.co.uk.

I think I have found a slipway ,At the end of the Harbour at Kinlochbervie.

I am going to be staying at Sheigra , So its only 3 miles away.





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Thanks Arthur ,

This last week I studied google earth a LOT , There are 100's of slipways on there that are not on boat launch.co.uk.

I think I have found a slipway ,At the end of the Harbour at Kinlochbervie.

I am going to be staying at Sheigra , So its only 3 miles away.





http://www.rib.net/forum/attachments...d3129225a6.jpg

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The problem is getting to them though .. lots will have a gate across the road somewhere thats not visible from the sky, feet on the ground is the only reliable way to know which ones are available in my experience
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Kinlochbervie itself is a supeb slip, easily accessible with no gates. Nearby Kylesku is more tricky. The North slip is inaccessible (private - owned by the Duke of Westminster) The South side is good, but as an old Car-ferry slip it has a very abrupt drop off. Make sure you dont allow be trailer wheels past the end of the railings. You really need more than 2m above LT at loch laxford to have enough water. A great slip is the one at lower badcall (edrachilles bay). There are intimidating signs at the end of the road, but it is a public slip. As always, try and stay out of the way of local working boats. There is no slip next to handa, just a jetty and a pebble beach. A tricky launch for all but the smallest of RIBs

Be careful. These are rocky shores, strong tides, changeable weather locations. Even if you can get ch16 at all, you probably cant get picked out of the very cold water for quite some time if youre unlucky enough to fall in. On the other hand, in the right weather, even the most profound aethiest will have a second thought when on these waters.
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Thanks "amsuther" the info on kinlochbervie is fantastic.

Is the Badcall slip is by the Edricillis Hotel ?

I am aware of the Abrupt changability of the weather and sea states around the NW scottish coast , Ive been going there for over 30 years.
But only this year with a Rib (Around Skye and Ardnamurchan).
I will be studying the local charts etc before we go , and have a chat to the locals whilst there.

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in the right weather, even the most profound aethiest will have a second thought when on these waters.
Thats a very good way of putting it .. having crafted my skills in these areas since a small boy .. even now the weather, when it chooses, still amazes me, for all the wrong reasons ... and the right ones A day in late July this year just south of Lochinver had me looking at seas more akin to a day in January .. you just cant take anything for granted here .. perfect for a good RIB though
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Is the Badcall slip is by the Edricillis Hotel ?
Do you mean Badcaul ? .. thats by Dundonnell a few miles South of you
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badcaul , is south of ullapool on little loch broom ,

Badcall is in Edricillis bay , I Beleive.(As shown in Google Earth).

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badcaul , is south of ullapool on little loch broom ,

Badcall is in Edricillis bay , I Beleive.(As shown in Google Earth).

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Yes, just about 1/4 mile south of edrachilles hotel (its the badcall, not the badcoul one) The signs are for a salmon farm. There is a chandler's at Kinlochbervie, just next to the slip. You might get a chance for a chat there, but its mostly trawlermen. There's a young chap who serves petrol at MacKay's stores in Durness who can give you some more local info. he's got a 6.5 ribtec which he takes in loch eribol. You can also launch on Laxford (near high tide) off the pebbles where the road (a838) takes a bend at the edge of the Loch, but mind the kelp. again, only for very small craft. Yes wise to look at charts, and the pilot guides. I have only ever pottered around in at 4m/15hp sib there (light enough for the family to pull up onto a beach on the islands) so I have stuck to the bays and kyles. It will be great in september.
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Some good Info there

I wish I could go this month !! , But , Noo can do , I am starting planning for next July (I Know ,its a long way off) .

Is this where you mean on Loch Laxford ?



I like the look of there , I might struggle to launch though
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Hi Alzi - yes, thats the Laxford one. Actually, beyond the jetty, the pebbles form a decent launching surface. 4 x 4 required though. Below a couple of images of the Edarchillies slip as discussed - they should give you a better of idea of width etc. There is parking and turning, but as usual there is a blind summit at the top of the slipway. These photos were in early August this year. I hope you get similar come July.


http://www.flickr.com/photos/16087911@N03/6148050756
http://www.flickr.com/photos/16087911@N03/6148050458
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Thanks for the update on Edrichillis , That looks easily wide enough ,I cannot take my Landrover as we sleep in our converted van , So no 4x4.



This is where launching can become problematic. However We have launched off some narrow slipways this year !!

Glen Uig Slipway near Loch Ailort was only 18" wider than the track of the van , That was a bit scary ! as I had to reverse using the mirrors only !,
And Camaes More on Skye I had to reverse Blind round a 70degree turn on the blind side then back 50m on an 3m wide slip , All good fun Though, well worth it Everywhere.

"Gold Caves - Cameas more - Skye"




Glen Uig Bay - Veiw out to Eigg



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Veiw of Lewis (in the distance over the minch) from cames mor showing Slipway

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