Sunday

Another day on the Caledeonian………..cloudy to start, sweltering to finish and……… we heard our first Cuckoo today!

Being one of the bigger boats we made it into the second lock of the day along with the Swedes from Clachnaharry and a fishing boat, that was being delivered somewhere on the west coast, to be lifted out and refitted and resprayed ……… she looked like it was a while since she’d landed any fish, so not too smelly in the confines of a deep lock!!

The fishing boat we shared a lock or two with

The fishing boat we shared a lock or two with

The morning was warm but the ‘heavy heat haze’ stopped the sun from breaking through. Loch Oich is a much smaller and prettier affair than Loch Ness and has a clearly bouyed channel. Along the banks there are jetties and anchorages and at one point we saw the sad sight of a good looking boat that gone aground ……. a little bit of Googling brought no definitive answers, but it has been there for at least two years……… amazingly all the deck fixtures fittings are still there! Can you imagine how much the local locusts would have left down on the south coast?

A sad sight

A sad sight

Two of our 'lock buddies' heading for the next swing bridge.

Two of our ‘lock buddies’ heading for the next swing bridge.

Moving on down the canal there are the occasional signs of tourism, but they are generally totally in keeping with the surroundings. We have seen two log cabin parks on the banks of the loch ……..

Log cabins near our mooring

Log cabins near our mooring

They do look a little like hen coops, but ideal for an outdoorsy get away.

Having completed the locks in Loch Oich we have started to descend in the locks …… an altogether easier process than going up! No more hurling the lines up 3 or 4 metres for Ian to catch…….just hook the lines over and let them out as we go down.

Just through the lock at the top of Loch Lochy we decided to stop for the night. We found an idillic bay with a conveniently place mooring bouy and tied up for the night. There is just one small snag that has arisen today …… the bowthruster has ceased working. It stopped, with a prononced ‘Clunk!’, in one of the locks and couldn’t be persuaded to go again. After an underwater video inspection at our mooring in Loch Lochy the consensus is that the likely cause is a sheer pin on the prop has sheered……..whatever the problem is, we can’t do anything about it until we dry out somewhere, so we will have to cope like we always did before without the luxury of a bowthruster.

On a mooring bouy in Loch Lochy

On a mooring bouy in Loch Lochy

The lock we had just been through offers showers and a floating pub …. The Eagle!……What better incentive to get the dinghy down off it’s davitts, the motor fixed on the transom and ‘the Boys’ to take it on a test drive across the loch?!

The Boys...... on the plane!

The Boys…… on the plane!

After that it was ‘All Aboard for the Skylark’ and a visit to the delights of The Eagle!

We struck gold ..... a floating pub!!

We struck gold ….. a floating pub!!

The sun was out, the beer was excellent and the company great.

Four Happy Bunnies

Four Happy Bunnies

We met a couple who were doing the Great Glen walk with their dog, a woman who was staying in one of the log cabins and a couple of guys from Birmingham, who are cycling the Caledonian………(I showed them your website Dan!)

The sun was positively hot and we moved to the top deck, up a decidedly rickety gang plank and sampled more of the Eagle’s delights than we had intended……….was the gang plank more rickety on the way down??

We spoke with the landlord and his wife……..they have been there for eight years and are open for 7 months a year …….. the canal is closed during the winter. When they heard we were planning to go through the Crinan canal he said he could guarantee we would have 7’6″………… they had personally ploughed a furrow through it a couple of years ago with the old wooden yacht behind the Eagle!

Inside The Eagle ..... floating pub

Inside The Eagle

Inside The Eagle ..... floating pub

Inside The Eagle

1 Comment

  1. glad to see you’re finding some good pubs – got your priorities right!

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