Saturday

We left our mooring in Oban at 0930 to make some use of the tide going our way.

Leaving our mooring

Leaving our mooring

A last look at Oban

A last look at Oban

As usual, we should have left at least two hours earlier, but it’s hard to get the Captain (and Dawn) in gear at that time of morning!

Once again the scenery was breathtakingly stunning, but today the wind was on the nose and we had to motor-sail all the way.

Plotting a course around the islands in this area is tricky. There are strong tidal currents and steeply varying depths……….. What appear on the chart as insignificant wavelets, turn into a boiling succession of whirlpools that slow the boat to 2 knots, then spit it out at 8 knots.

One of the Whirlpools!

One of the small whirlpools

We passed close to Corryvreckan whirlpool, which we gather is the 7th most powerful whirlpool in the world…….the ‘sides’ of the pool are over a metre in height and several boats ……… including part of the Spanish Armada, Carlos,……. have been sucked down and wrecked.

Progress slowed as the tide turned against us, but who cares when you’ve got this scenery to take in.

Scenery ......... are we getting blasee?

Scenery ……… are we getting blasee?

One decidedly Des Res!

One decidedly Des Res!

Cutting through another set of over falls that toyed with us, we dropped the sails and came in to Crinan.

The approach to the Crinan Sea Lock

The approach to the Crinan Sea Lock

The sea lock was a much smaller affair then the Caledonian………. up we went and entered the tranquillity of the ‘basin’

Our mooring in the Basin

Our mooring in the Basin

Tranquil serenity

Tranquil serenity

After a visit to the coffee shop and a stroll along the towpath,

Happy smiley people.......waving, not drowning!

Happy smiley people…….waving, not drowning!

we sat down to a traditional meal of Haggis, Bashed Neeps and Tatties, cooked by our resident chef……………..delicious!

Passing the Sea Lock on the way to the hotel, we saw some fishermen on a boat in the lock………we thought they looked familiar………they were the crew we went through the Caledonian with, but on a different boat. They had delivered the other boat for a refit and picked up this one. They’d just come in from scallop dredging out in the sound and after chatting for a while, the skipper sent one of the lads down into the hold with a carrier bag to fill with scallops for us………..we sent our skipper back to get a bag full of beer and chocolate for them ……. a fair exchange?…….21 plump, freshly caught scallops for 4 beers and a giant bar of Whole Nut??

A quick trip to the hotel to sit in their lounge, overlooking the loch, to hook up to their intermittent internet and review the day.

The view from the Hotel

The view from the Hotel

View across the loch to the oldest inhabited castle in Scotland.

View across the loch to the oldest inhabited castle in Scotland.

 ……the unanimous verdict on our day …………. perfect!

Looking forward to breakfast in the morning!!!

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