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PLAN 2: AROUND SKYE - VISITING MORE REMOTE ANCHORAGES [Kinloch Castle, Rum shown right - The Shiants shown bottom - day 5]

Rhum CastleDAY 1 Loch Nevis about 1.5 hours away from Armadale. If you are not bothered about going ashore, anchor at Glaschoile or at Tarbet Bay. Or moor at Inverie where the attractions of going ashore to visit the Old Forge the most remote pub on mainland Britain can be very tempting.

DAY 2 Canna, Rum for lunch. Both Canna and Rum have scenic attractions although they are completely different. Canna now has 10 visitors moorings and has a cafe serving delightful evening meals. There is still space to anchor if necessary. Rum sports a small shop and Kinloch Castle, which is well worth touring as it is a complete step back into a different time warp. The opening time for the castle is usually 14.00 but it might be as well to phone in advance to avoid disappointment - the telephone number can be found in the pilot book. Alternatively, you could plan to go via Loch Scavaig for lunch and Soay for the night if the tide is right.

DAY 3 South Uist - Wizards Pool (Loch Skipport), one of the Wests’ classic anchorages where you can enjoy perfect solitude after a wonderful day's sailing. (In High Season there may be a couple of other yachts there as well). If you feel in need of some more civilisation you could visit the new pontoons at Lochmaddy or the new 52 berth marina at Lochboisdale.

DAY 4 Rodel, Harris - catching the tide into the pool at Rodel is essential. Ashore St Clements Church is well worth a visit. At the time of writing - Feb 2017 - the hotel is closed and up for sale so you should plan on eating on board while there..

DAY 5 Back across the Minch heading for Rona. On a good day stopping at the Shiants for lunch where it is possible to sit among the puffins in season is an unmissable option. The keen birdwatcher will find the Shiants a very attractive destination but the swell will soon convince you that it is not an overnight anchorage. Most people then head for Acairseid Mhor on Rona, which is a classic well-sheltered anchorage. Ashore there is pleasant walking to the top of the hill, church cave or the old village. Showers are available at the Caretakers House.The caretaker offers a few local products for sale.
It is also possible to anchor in Loch a’Brhaige on Rona or Eilean Fladday on Raasay which are both delightful alternatives.

DAY 6 Totaig, Loch Duich; a passage through the Sound of Rona will take you to the Crowlins which are also an attractive lunchtime stop if the wind is right. The Crowlins offer you an opportunity to have seals gather around your boat and watch you eat your lunch. Anchoring at Totaig lets you watch the crowds visit Eilean Donan castle from a safe distance or you may prefer to go and have a closer look if the weather is appropriate. A walk ashore to the right at Totaig here will take you to a pictish broch.

DAY 7 Coming back through Kyle Rhea on the tide possibly anchoring at Sandaig Bay - where Gavin Maxwell wrote "Ring of Bright Water" for a lunchtime swim, Loch Hourn beckons. Depending on the weather and time you may wish to sail up the loch to come back to anchor at Sandaig for the night. Alternatively, there are several anchorages in Loch Hourn itself. Allow 1.5 hours to get back to Armadale from Loch Hourn entrance. Alternatively you could splash out for the last night of your holidays and have dinner at one of the wonderful Sleat eating establishments including; the Ardvasar Hotel. Doune Marine, Duisdale House Hotel, Eilean Iarmain, Kinloch Lodge or The Old Forge not forgetting several good restaurants in Mallaig!

Shiants - with three yachts at anchor
Shiants