Books or Guides on the W. Coast of Scotland?

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Books or Guides on the W. Coast of Scotland?

Postby Bruadar » Sat Dec 08, 2007 3:39 pm

We are looking for recommendations in our research.

I have found the Clyde Cruising Club Sailing Directions Books , the The Yachtsman’s Pilot Series and of course Reeds Nautical Almanac.

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http://www.landfallnavigation.com/bmn101.html

http://www.clyde.org/www2/dir_index_map.shtml

Are there any other resources I should consider?

We plan to cross the Atlantic and cruise the West Coast before heading through the Caledonian Canal down the East Coast and into the Med..
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Postby cpedw » Sat Dec 08, 2007 5:27 pm

The Scottish Islands by Hamish Haswell-Smith is highly regarded by me and several other west coast sailors that I know. It's about (almost) all the islands round Scotland, but very few are not on the west coast so it's very relevant. It is written as a reference book, containing a lot of statistical data and other hard facts but the way it's done is very accessible and though it's not a sailing book, it contains some brief comments on anchorages.
I suspect you would find that a majority of local boats on the west of Scotland carry a copy.
The big snag is it doesn't mention the mainland at all - there's a lot of that too. Perhaps someone else will supply a suitable reference to cover that.
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Postby Silkie » Sat Dec 08, 2007 9:20 pm

You've pretty much covered all the bases with Martin Lawrence, the CCC directions and an almanac.

Not comprehensive by any means but "The West: A Sailing Companion to the West Coast of Scotland" by Ronald Faux is a good read describing the anchorages he visited over a couple of seasons sailing between Gigha and Cape Wrath.
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Re: Books or Guides on the W. Coast of Scotland?

Postby Telo » Sat Dec 08, 2007 9:52 pm

Bruadar wrote:I have found the Clyde Cruising Club Sailing Directions Books , the The Yachtsman’s Pilot Series and of course Reeds Nautical Almanac.
Either of the two excellent pilots, Clyce CC/Martin Lawrence (or both if you're flush with money) plus the almanac are essential imho.

As cpedw said, the Haswell Smith book is not a pilot, but a great companion book, as is "The West" by Ronald (Ronnie) Faux and mentioned by Silkie - informative and very very funny, but sadly out of print now.

For free, you can pinch from Uncle Sam's larder - the US Navy's sailing directions for Scotland are downloadable at http://www.nga.mil/MSISiteContent/StaticFiles/NAV_PUBS/SD/Pub141/141setup.zip.

For basic info about the UK and VHF and coastguard stuff, see also the UK chapter at http://www.nga.mil/MSISiteContent/StaticFiles/NAV_PUBS/SD/Pub140/140setup.zip

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Postby Silkie » Sat Dec 08, 2007 10:40 pm

And don't forget the Penguin Bolt Holes.
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Great information!

Postby Bruadar » Wed Dec 12, 2007 3:54 pm

Thank you for all of the great replies. The information you provided has been very helpful. I have added a few of these books to my Xmas list.

The Penguin Bolt Holes was a great find as well as The Scottish Islands by Hamish Haswell-Smith.
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