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PLAN 4: HEADING SOUTH [Fingal's Cave on Staffa - Day 3]
Click HERE to read a article on Tobermory written by Charmian.[Reproduced by kind permission of PBO Magazine]
DAY 1 Armadale - no reason to dash off, so have a relaxing evening on board or eat and shower ashore as on previous pages. If the tide is right and time permits you could head for Arisaig which is still interesting navigation but they usually have the marker bouys in place these days! There are moorings (phone Arisaig Marine on arrival) and shoreside facilities with food options but booking in advance for food during the season is recommended. Alternatively you could spend the evening in Mallaig where the Co-op is open until 22.00 if you need to top up on your shopping.
DAY 2 Coll - a refreshing blast down the 35 miles to Coll will make an invigorating start to your holiday. The Community moorings can be quite rolly here (and impossible if the wind is in the South or Southeast) so it can help to anchor further inshore. This is a small island with a small population so the facilities are limited but they have an award winning hotel providing food and wonderful beaches on the West Coast if you are prepared to walk or hire a bicycle to get to them. As an alterbative to Colll, you could head towards Mull and go into the love anchorage at Gometra or visit the new pontoons at Ulva Ferry. These options are handy for the Treshnish Islands where puffins are present in large numbers in the season.
DAY 3 Staffa in the morning, possible afternoon visit to Iona. A day of culture, weather permitting. Best thing is to leave early and arrive at Staffa before the tourist boats get there so you can enjoy the waves crashing in peace. The anchoring here is poor so you will need to go ashore in relays. Fingals Cave is well worth a visit as is Iona and it's Abbey, however, as neither of these sites boast overnight anchorages you will need to adjourn to either Bull Hole or Tinkers Hole for the night. Bull Hole is within walking distance of Fionnphort (Fin-a-fort) and shoreside food. Another option in that area if the weather is settled, is Tiree which has had moorings installed in Gott Bay during the 2017 season. It is a 10 minute walk from the moorings into Scaranish where there a hotel and a well stocked Co-op. As with most of the inhabited islands, taxi tours or car hire can be arranged if you want to explore the area further.
DAY 4 If you would like a longer passage and the weather
is appropriate head for Castle Bay, Barra. Barra is a delightful place to visit
and can offer most of the services you might require in miniature.Pontoons and moorings
are available in Castlebay. More information about Castlebay can be found here although the pontoons have been added since the article was written. If you do have the time and suitable weather a cruise
down down to Mingalay past Vatersay is a stunning experience.
(If the weather weren’t suitable for the Outer Hebrides, then a perfectly acceptable route North would be via Tobermory, exploring the Small Isles, Soay and/or Loch Scavaig). Tobermory is delightful and has many attractions, including pontoons with shore power but it does get very busy, particularly during July and August.
DAY 5 Eriskay for lunch, Loch Boisdale, South Uist for the night. Once you pick up a mooring at Eriskay you may decide to stay the night. If you take the walk across the island to Am Politician the only pub on the island, you are unlikely to leave the same evening! Remember that a Causeway now closes off the Sound of Eriskay and Eriskay is an "Island" no more. Lochboisdale now has a wonderfully secure 56 berth marina which has excellent facilities but it is quite a long walk to to the village from the marina.
DAY 6 Canna, Rum for lunch. Both Canna and Rum have scenic attractions which have already been described although they are completely different. Canna has 10 moorings and has a cafe offering dinner. Rum sports a small shop and Kinloch Castle, which, is well worth looking at. The opening hours for Kinloch Castle seem to have settled down to 14.00 most afternoons but if you really want to view the inside it be as well to phone them in advance.
DAY 7 Loch Nevis, Mallaig, Armadale or Doune as above or on previous pages for your final night.
If you are intending to head south from Skye you might find this website useful Scottish Anchorages