Wednesday, 26th June: Crinan Canal The Crinan Canal takes you from Loch Gilp, in the lower reaches of Loch Fyne in the Firth of Clyde through the Kintyre peninsula to Crinan Bay at the top of the Sound of Jura. The Crinan Canal Company was formed in 1793. It took many years to build the … Continue reading Crinan Canal – Ardrishaig to Crinan
Thursday, 20th June: A Working Day in Ardrossan We popped over to Ardrossan this morning. Jib only, downwind the whole way. Got rained on. Pretty unremarkable sail! Stats: distance 13.1M, underway 2hrs 20m, average speed 5.6 kts, max speed 8.3 kts An afternoon of jobs: laundry, food shop, petrol for RIB, gas for cooking, picked … Continue reading Ardrossan and Bute
The Isle of Arran is today's goal. We've seen its west side over the last few days, but now we're going to the eastern shore. It is the largest island in the Firth of Clyde and its economy is nowadays largely based on tourism. I've heard Arran is sometimes called the jewel in Scotland's crown, … Continue reading Arran and Holy Isle
Tuesday, 11th June: Tacking to Kintyre We set off from Loch Ryan in the morning, and tacked our way up the loch, avoiding two incoming large ferries along the way. Skilful helming by Dominic was needed in the strong and varying winds. Then we set off towards Kintyre, by way of three very long tacks … Continue reading Kintyre
Sunday 9th June: A long sail to Loch Ryan Yay, we did it! We have now arrived in Scotland! We set off from Derbyhaven on Isle of Man by 6am, and had a bit of an unpleasant beat along the south coast. (And passed right by Mr Clarkson's home with its neighbouring foot path!) We … Continue reading Scotland – Alba: We’ve arrived!
I didn't really know anything about the Isle of Man. The estate agent's blurb reads well: "The Isle of Man is not a part of the United Kingdom. It is a self-governing British Crown Dependency with its own parliament, Tynwald which, at more than 1000 years old, is the oldest continuous parliament in the world. … Continue reading Isle of Man – Ellan Vannin
Friday 31st May: Porth Dinllaen, Lleyn Peninsula We left at 9am this morning, expecting a lively sail to Holyhead. The winds however, were not as strong as forecast, so we ended up anchored 10.5 hours later at our backup spot, near Morfa Nefyn, off Porth Dinllaen. This is almost across from Criccieth, where we stayed … Continue reading Going North: North Wales