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Archive of entries posted on July 2010

Position Report – Dunstaffnage

Arrived 1230 Fri 30/07/10

Poor Weather

Lismore Lighthouse

Lismore Lighthouse

Things have been quiet for the last few days. The predominant feature has been the poor weather – mist, drizzle, rain and contrary winds with a few rare blinks of sunshine. We have come back in from the Outer Isles in four stages : Scalpay – Portree – Isle Ornsay – Loch Drumbuie – Oban. After the peace and quiet of Lewis and Harris it came as a jolt to find how busy at this time are the more easily reached cruising grounds. Loch Drumbuie (off Loch Sunart) was home to twenty three yachts last night, and Tobermory sported a sea of masts as we passed this morning. Oban is busy too, and will be even more so next week with West Highland Week in full swing. We are looking forward to Innes and Janice joining us for the weekend, and hope that the run of poor weather will have ended by then.

Position Report – Loch Drumbuie

Arrived 1615 Tue 27/07/10

Position Report – Isle Ornsay, Skye

Arrived 1615 Mon 26/07/10

Position Report – Portree

Arrived Portree 1420 Sun 25/07/10

Sea Lochs and Hills

Camus Kenmore, Loch Seaforth

Camus Kenmore, Loch Seaforth

Bog Cotton

Bog Cotton

Since leaving Stornoway we have been in and out of Lewis and Harris sea lochs climbing hills. Lochs Odhairn, Bhrollum and Seaforth gave us new anchorages, while Maaruig was familiar. We lost one day through poor weather, but otherwise it has been fair with intermittent sunshine. Wildlife has been plentiful – sea eagles, golden eagles, red deer, mountain hare and otter have all been seen at close quarters. We are now in Scalpay (Harris) where the north harbour provides good all-round shelter, and has drawn six yachts for the night.

Position Report – Scalpay, Harris

Position Report – Loch Maaruig, Harris

Position Report – Loch Bhrollum, Lewis

Position Report – Loch Odhairn, Lewis