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Re: Top three (or more) anchorages

Postby cpedw » Mon Oct 27, 2014 11:47 am

Storyline wrote:Looking at Loch Don on Antares it looks just about doable with our 6' draft. Just a quick question - what is it like inside ie pretty or gloomy etc ? A bit of a subjective question I realise but I hope you know what I mean :)

With our 5' 3" draft, we can (with Antares) get in at just about any tide. Previously it was 1/2 tide or more.

Pretty or gloomy? Obviously it's 'orrible which is why we keep going back :o
Actually there's quite a lot of mud at low tide but a bit further away are fields, trees, hills, wildlife ...
Also fairly bombproof in all weathers we have experienced. Possibly rough in a strong easterly at high tide.

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Re: Top three (or more) anchorages

Postby Silkie » Mon Oct 27, 2014 12:03 pm

cpedw wrote:Indeed. Silkie is the sage.

Nah. Just wasted more time on here than most.
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Re: Top three (or more) anchorages

Postby pagoda » Mon Oct 27, 2014 2:01 pm

Inside behind Eilean nan Gabhar on the south side of Loch Craignish, behind the islet is quite snug in most weathers. Good sticky clay bottom as well

N 56 8.635
W 05 33.285

There is sometimes a raft covered in lobster pots moored nearby.
If coming up the loch from Crinan direction- keep more to Stbd- there are assorted rocks on the Eilean Macaskin side.

The wizard pool on North Uist, and the Fairy Isles up Loch Sween also come to mind..:-)

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Re: Top three (or more) anchorages

Postby DaveS » Mon Oct 27, 2014 2:16 pm

Storyline wrote:Looking at Loch Don on Antares it looks just about doable with our 6' draft. Just a quick question - what is it like inside ie pretty or gloomy etc ? A bit of a subjective question I realise but I hope you know what I mean :)


When you are anchored in the pool you are surrounded by an expanse of shallow water, and the overwhelming impression is of space. Lots of bird life. It looks like some of the bits of eastern England shown in Dylan's videos.
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Re: Top three (or more) anchorages

Postby Storyline » Mon Oct 27, 2014 4:59 pm

DaveS wrote:
Storyline wrote:Looking at Loch Don on Antares it looks just about doable with our 6' draft. Just a quick question - what is it like inside ie pretty or gloomy etc ? A bit of a subjective question I realise but I hope you know what I mean :)


When you are anchored in the pool you are surrounded by an expanse of shallow water, and the overwhelming impression is of space. Lots of bird life. It looks like some of the bits of easter and shown in Dylan's videos.

Usually I am not so keen on wide open places, much prefer being snug and close as possible to the land. Sometimes it can feel a bit exposed and bleak even though it is sheltered and safe. Get this feeling in the eastern part of Spelve.

Anyway, thanks for the tip - definitely will give it a go as an alternative to the p place. The mountains of southern Mull should be impressive up close.
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Re: Top three (or more) anchorages

Postby Mavanier » Mon Oct 27, 2014 11:57 pm

sam wrote:Oh so difficult, so I'm going for four

Loch Mariveg
Scavaig
Rodel
Canna


Mariveg- my first ever dinghy cruise, fond memories
Scavaig- I work there
Rodel- I got married there
Canna- and sometimes work takes me there too.

It's not a bad life, really...

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Re: Top three (or more) anchorages

Postby Storyline » Tue Oct 28, 2014 9:09 am

Looking at Antares, the most inner pool at Mariveg looks absolutely bomb proof - another one for the wishlist.
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Re: Top three (or more) anchorages

Postby Sandgrounder » Tue Oct 28, 2014 6:43 pm

I may be a bit out of date because I've not been to any of them for at least 25 years but: -
1. St Ninian's Bay, Bute
2. Puilladobhrain
3. Bull Hole

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Re: Top three (or more) anchorages

Postby aquaplane » Tue Oct 28, 2014 9:15 pm

I don't know about top but most used recently would be:
Eilean Mor, MacCormaigs,
Puilladobhrain,
Loch Drumbuie.

Must try harder to anchor in some new places.
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Re: Top three (or more) anchorages

Postby mm5aho » Tue Oct 28, 2014 10:22 pm

I'm not sure either about "top" places, but some interesting places, perhaps unconventional, in the past year or three include:
Port Mary (just outside and S of Cuan Sound)
Port Ann (Loch Fyne opp Ottir)
Skerryvore (SW Tiree)
Lunga
Hyskeir
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Re: Top three (or more) anchorages

Postby Storyline » Tue Oct 28, 2014 11:27 pm

mm5aho wrote:I'm not sure either about "top" places, but some interesting places, perhaps unconventional, in the past year or three include:
Port Mary (just outside and S of Cuan Sound)
Port Ann (Loch Fyne opp Ottir)
Skerryvore (SW Tiree)
Lunga
Hyskeir

It has never crossed my mind to anchor at Hyskeir, quite the opposite actually as I have thought of it as being a bit threatening what with the banks and all. Got caught in some big seas between there and Canna in a sw gale once so the idea of actually going there sends a few shivvers - gut feeling is to keep as far away as possible ! Love to try it on a calm night though :)
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Re: Top three (or more) anchorages

Postby fairy nuff » Wed Oct 29, 2014 11:32 am

Favourite anchorages:

Marvig - Isle of Lewis
Loch Moidart - of course - half the fun is getting in
Loch Roe - near Lochinver - a first for me this year

Runners up:

Loch Tarbert Jura
Loch Portain

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Re: Top three (or more) anchorages

Postby Fingal » Sun Nov 09, 2014 12:49 pm

Silkie wrote:Loch Don.

I don't think you need worry about it getting too busy :) although I might have to give it a try next year.

I've wanted to go in there for years but I think a Wayfarer would be more the thing than the green behemoth.
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Re: Top three (or more) anchorages

Postby Silkie » Sun Nov 09, 2014 2:32 pm

I hope you're not comparing the good ship Silkie to a Wayfarer Ken.
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Re: Top three (or more) anchorages

Postby mm5aho » Sun Nov 09, 2014 4:24 pm

Storyline wrote:
mm5aho wrote:I'm not sure either about "top" places, but some interesting places, perhaps unconventional, in the past year or three include:
Port Mary (just outside and S of Cuan Sound)
Port Ann (Loch Fyne opp Ottir)
Skerryvore (SW Tiree)
Lunga
Hyskeir

It has never crossed my mind to anchor at Hyskeir, quite the opposite actually as I have thought of it as being a bit threatening what with the banks and all. Got caught in some big seas between there and Canna in a sw gale once so the idea of actually going there sends a few shivvers - gut feeling is to keep as far away as possible ! Love to try it on a calm night though :)


These lighthouses have been an attraction to me, and its been fun exploring them.
Hyskeir on a calm day affords several anchorages, and exploring ashore is interesting.
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We anchored off the light to the north east. There is a narrow cutting between rocks closer, but the wave height, though low suggested to not anchor there.
What amazed us that day (we arrived about 10 and left at about 3pm) was the number of basking sharks. We treid a count of them, with two of us covering 180 degrees each. Not easy and not accurate, but we estimated >150. Some can be seen in most of these images.

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The light is substantial, and good keepers house too, along with generator room, oil tanks etc.
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There's a helipad. I guess the NLB people visit by helicopter more often than any other way now?
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Was sad to see how much trash is washed up there though...
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I understand that when manned, this lighthouse was the only one to make the claim of having a one hole golf course!
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