May 24 – Port Ellen to Ardfern (46nm)

By | May 25, 2012

After a pleasant walk around Port Ellens charming harbour we left for Craobh Haven marina some 50nm north.

The day was blisteringly hot and with zero wind. Spectacular mountains all around, the Paps of Jura in particular, meant that we had great views as we motored on.

We were due to pickup some northerly tide in the first half of the trip but it did not happen as planned.

The Paps of Jura

The Paps of Jura

This meant that we were at risk of missing the tidal gate just north of the Corryvreken, an infamous whirlpool, we diverted for our alternative destination of Ardfern on Loch Craignish.

View into the Corryvreken - the whirlpool awaits!

As it turned out this was a good outcome. Arrived at 8pm and dashed to the local pub which and they fed us and we sampled our first pint of decent bitter since leaving England – Black Sheep Ale.

Ardfern - Loch Craignish

Ardfern - Loch Craignish

We heard our first cuckoo as we arrived but the bad news is that the midges are now out in force so we will be making midge defences out of an old mosquito net and knicker elastic.

Tomorrow (Friday May 25th) we are moving on to Oban via the Sound of Luing an 30nm trip.

Todays Passage Details

Port Ellen to Ardfern: 40nm / 8 hrs
Sail: 0 hrs motored: 8 hrs
Total distance since start : 581 nm


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