Round Mull and a tough uphill slog home

Deepest apologies for losing web contact. It turns out theta EE does not really work up here so I now have a vodaphone dongle from Argos - £14.  Here are Dunstaffnage they are installing the internet poles so the web is arriving.In the meantime it is pay as you go.

So back in contact. After a lovely night in Loch Drambuie we spent one more night in Tobermory we stocked up with food  and then headed off West around the outside - the aim was to do the trip in four hour dog hops. Maggy could go longer but it is not really fair on her.

We started  out in calm weather to the west from Tobermory but soon picked up a lovely breeze and the ghostee was soon doing its stuff. We went right wround the and took our first dog break at mid-day in Port Croig -  a tiny natural inlet in the far west of Mull  We then sailed on around to an amazing anchorage between Gometra and Ulva - which form a perfectly sheltered anchorage - you could sit out any storm there, We spent the night with four or five other yachts.

The Next morning we set off south with a really lovely wind and called into Bunessan for the mid day staop - again a perfect anchorage sheltered from all winds. Then one around through the sound of Iona and spent the night at the finest little beach I have ever experienced. at Ardalanish.

We had a slightly windy night and lingered rather too long the following morning. The wind started as a strong beam reach but pretty soon it was on the nose and blowing a six plus. Bloody awful motoring slog to the anctuary of Loch Spelve where we spent a sheltered but windyswept night. The following morning wew beam reach across to Oban and finally back to Dunstaffnage qwhere we have just enjoyed a day of laundry and shopping.

Here are the snaps


S2090019 cotton grass S2090002 last nav mark S2090003 skies S2090006 croig S2090009 croig wreck S2090011 croig S2090012 croig S2090013 west mull S2090017 gomwtra S2100029 ARDALANISH BEACH S2100004 west mull rocks S2100005 west mull rocks S2100011 west mull with ghoatee S2100012 jill helming S2100014 gometra anchorage S2100015 bunessan S2100019 IONA S2100020 YACHT HEADING EAST S2100023 ENTERING ARDALANISH S2110003 loch spelve classic yacht S2110001 Ardalanish BeaCH S2110002 reaching west along the Ross of Mull S2120002 leaving spelve S2120003 kerera house P1120973 three cows beach

arduane gardens

arduane gardens

affnage castle

affnage castle

P1120820 tob sail 2 P1120830 mull house P1120848 gometra P1120855 gometra P1120871 flowers P1120878 under tow P1120882 sailing P1120884 classic west mull P1120886 ghostee P1120894 king of sheep P1120898 dw healms 2 P1120912 iona rocks P1120916 bddached P1120919 fat man on beach P1120929 ARDALANISH BEACH P1120933 dinghy beach P1120938 ard sunset P1120939 ard art P1120960 motoring home


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10 Responses to “Round Mull and a tough uphill slog home”

  1. 18 June, 2016 at 12:45 amjon sutton says:

    Nice looking sheep, boyo

  2. 18 June, 2016 at 8:40 amPeter Steen says:

    Wonderful snaps. You seem to enjoy yourself, and rightfully so. What amazing landscapes. And great to hear from you again. More greetings from the Netherlands.

  3. 18 June, 2016 at 9:26 amdylan winter says:

    they are some of the nicest – I also like the “come hither” look from the highland cattle

  4. 18 June, 2016 at 9:38 amdylan winter says:

    we do love the warm days – although the past few days the temperatures have fallen some-what. !3 degrees C and a lot of wind – sunny and cool today now though.

  5. 18 June, 2016 at 12:16 pmjon sutton says:

    don’t be fooled by the “come hither” look…………………. they usually have a “bugger off” attitude

  6. 18 June, 2016 at 11:13 pmAde Moore says:

    Stunning absolutely stunning, real natural beauty eloquently captured.

  7. 19 June, 2016 at 7:43 amPeter Steen says:

    Dylan, this part of your long journey around Britain so far would probably be the most impressive part for me. I wonder if that is how you actually experience it.

  8. 19 June, 2016 at 9:03 amdylan winter says:

    the scenery is spectacular that is for sure – the navigation is a bit more challenging – and often without the web as well. However, it is easily the loveliest place I have ever been

  9. 22 June, 2016 at 5:42 amBarry Getzen says:

    Why haven’t you fixed your cockpit floorboard yet?

  10. 22 June, 2016 at 7:32 amdylan winter says:

    I agree – v remiss of me

    I am ashamed of myself

    no woodworking tools on board the last time up

    this time we will have space in the car for a saw and drill and a pot of paint

    I am going back up this weekend with the bits to do it along with a sewing kit to repair the spray hood

    but if the sun shines I will sail rather fix

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