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Old 12 September 2011, 17:07   #1
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West coast of Scotland.

Looking at taking a couple of ribs up to the west coast of Scotland for a fortnights holiday next July and we are looking at cottages or lodges pref with a mooring. I have had a look on various websites and all the places on offer look stunning, I'm just wondering if anyone on here can recommend somewhere that can offer us a good two weeks of ribbing and fishing. Oh!! and there has got to be a pub or two within walking distance

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Hi K Tayvallich my base and Easdale. The boys from further north will be on shortly.

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Ardfern - or if you really must, Craobh Haven. Also Lunga estate has some self catering and you can anchor your RIB in the bay (just south of Craobh). There's a slip too.

Great cruising both sides of the Craignish peninsula and ok fishing too.

PS There's a pub on each side.
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Easdale was a bit special.
Watch this in "fullscreen" and then tell me you don't want to go there. Secure mooring, good pub/beer/food. Near Oban for fuel/spares etc. Fantastic cruising ground - Mull/Colonsay/Scarba/Jura etc, good sheltered water for the most part.
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Easdale was a bit special.
Watch this in "fullscreen" and then tell me you don't want to go there. Secure mooring, good pub/beer/food. Near Oban for fuel/spares etc. Fantastic cruising ground - Mull/Colonsay/Scarba/Jura etc, good sheltered water for the most part.
Only 45 mins from Ardfern.
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I'd certainly second Jambo's suggestion. Depending on your budget and numbers I can recommend the cottage we stayed in this year with its own pontoon. Tayvallich offers relatively easy access to the sound of jura (and if you are in a rush then stick it straight in at Carsaig Bay 1mile away by road but cutting if you are heading North saving probably 30+ mins by sea. If the weather is poor then the shelter of Loch Sween will still let you get out.

Only 1 pub though.

JK stayed in a cottage at Craobh Haven, and from what I saw on my visit it was a nice little cottage. Completely different setting to Tayvallich though and unless you wanted to be in the marina (or like John were renting a boat based there) I'd go go for Tayvallich every time, not that Craobh is bad - but "TV" is special.

Ardfern or Easdale would be good alternatives too.
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Did he get that rig from Liverpool Power Boats willk ??

Yep, looks stunning, but that's the trouble,, so many beautiful places, decisions, decisions
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Was the cottage you stayed at any one of these Neil.

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Did he get that rig from Liverpool Power Boats willk ??

Yep, looks stunning, but that's the trouble,, so many beautiful places, decisions, decisions
You've got 2 weeks so if you base yourself at any of the places mentioned you can visit the others. Does Mrs Kerny go on the boat? or does she require reasonable road links because that may affect the decision. Also are there any little Kernies? Is the boat likely to be the main attraction everyday for everybody ? if not what is a good holiday you guys (to me Oban is only a place I visit out of "necessity" to get things we need, but others prefer a bit of population and would like to be close to it).

Of course there are loads of other places you can visit too, varying from the Clyde Estuary to further North: Skye, Plockton, Gairloch, etc. but that is a bit of extra travel and there is no doubt that the area from Gigha to Fort William can provide you with more than enough cruising to entertain any ribber with your size boat for a couple of weeks. Spectacular scenery, deserted beaches, tranquility, a range of distilleries, and some interesting "water features" add to the interest in this area.
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No little kerny's, youngest will be 18 and probably won't come with us, mrs k will ride on the rib but we will not be out on the rib every day, that would cost a fortune in juice, so yes something a little different to just being out on the water every day. Distillery visits sound very interesting also we don't mind jumping in the car to travel for an hour or so to visit places of interests. I've been to Oban and Fort William before and I would like to take mrs kerny to the top of Ben Nevis but only after I have doubled her life insurance
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Kerny,

We stayed at Smithy Cottage (which is on there but has its own more detailed site tayvallichcottages: Welcome) this year. Basically a very nice spacious 2 bedroom (4 person) cottage which has a wooden "challet" in the garden that could sleep another 4. Theres a couple of rowing boats free of charge (which may not be of interest but help keep any littl'uns amused). Its main attraction for us was the Jetty/Pontoon.

The owners also own Anvil Cottage and another, which don't officially get access to the Pontoon but there was a running mooring set up for anvil cottage which would be fine with your size boat.

It wasn't cheap, but for the capability to sleep 6+ people then in peak season this was not bad. Considering you've no marina fees (other than a small donation at the public slip) it is pretty good.

In previous years (I think this was our 4th trip) we have stayed at the Steadings which also nice but isn't on the water side so not so convenient (last year I set up a temporary running mooring but it was a bit of a PITA as the harbour is so crowded and all the "good spots" are already used). If the weather was OK you can possibly keep your boat afloat at the Carsaig side (direct into Sound of Jura) but its not very sheltered. I think I saw a sign at the main visitors pontoon at tayvallich that they were now allowing overnight mooring at a small part of the pontoon (never previously been allowed). Not sure what the costs are or how busy it is etc. Jambo might have a better idea. The pontoon is only 5 minutes walk from almost all the cottages in tayvallich.

Whilst tayvallich is just about perfect for us, it might not be everyone's cup of tea. We took the inlaws for a long weekend a few years ago, and whilst they liked it I think if it had been for a week they would have gone crazy. They are more cruise ship type people though!

As another alternative if you wanted to be a little further north, then we used to keep the boat at Linnhe Marine (www.linnhemarina.com) who would provide pontoon/moorings for your stay (I think he was charging £10/nt last time I was there). Very nice guys, running a tiny little family business. I think they had cottages of some sort (if not they will certainly know some) - immediate proximity to a pub may be an issue for any that are close to the boat. 10 minutes north of there we have also stayed at Kentallen Lodges which were OK but are now under new ownership so I can't confirm what they are like now. They are on a small hotel site, with a tiny harbour. The hotel has a small pool which might be useful with kids. If you are not out on the boat though - you will need to drive to do anything from there as Kentallen is essentially in the middle of nowhere (although it is on the main road).
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There are lots of suggestions of where to visit. An important factor may be your experience and choice of RIB cruising. Easdale has its advantages. Very safe harbour. There are 2 pubs and plenty of good quality accommodation.
You are however on an exposed part of the west coast. Easdale is not a long way up a sea loch. Out of the harbour, left run 400m and left a bit more - next stop USA/Canada. You can quickly get shelter for cruising but you have a mile or so to run
The islands are extensive, the cruising options are wide but you do need a well found RIB. Seafari Adventures (Oban) operate from Easdale daily and are more than happy to offer cruising advice relative to wind and sea conditions.

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(slightly) further north there are chalets at Ardoran http://www.ardoran.co.uk/ , who is also the local Suzi / Honda dealer, so has slip, moorings etc. Other side of Oban there is Tralee http://www.tralee.com/ , and a bit further up the road is Creran Moorings Chalets Which is associated with Creran Marine (for moorings, slip etc). Never stayed at any of them, as my usual haunt is not much further up the coast, but I all come recommended. Pub might be a slightly longer walk than you might want from some.

Then even further up the coast there's Chalets at Cregan, The Holly Tree at Kentallen, and at Glencoe Village there are both hotel & campsite as used by 99% of the 70 Wild Miles rescue team, giving you lochs Etive & Linnhe on your doorstep, with not much of a tow to get to a good chunk of the coast north of Ardnamurchan - but I'll hand you over to the locals there for the detail up there....

Is one of our members not on Mull at Craignure? There was a post recently about his site.....
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that is what I called Kentallen Lodges - although it seems it is actually Loche Linnhe Lodges, Kentallen, Argyll

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Looking at all the above. I just want to retire early with enough money to do the above
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It's as much the one year old as the job that's meant I've been out once this year. Just no time to spare. All good things come to those who wait.

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We had a fantastic week in a log cabin on a site at the head of loch Feochan? About 3 years ago. Good log cabins, pub within walking distance, Oban was 10 minutes by boat. There's a boat yard a mile down the road from the site that has a good all tides slip & a pontoon. They charged me £30 to keep the boat there for the week. I'd go back at the drop of a hat. Only problem in July MIDGES!!!!!!!

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