Posts Tagged “Scotland”

June 19 – Arbroath to Eyemouth

By | June 19, 2012

We were sorry to leave Arbroath as is was one of the best harbours so far on the whole trip. A gem of a place with pretty houses around the quay and a active and busy fishing harbour. The lock gates opened at 11:30 And we set off to do the 40 mile trip to […]

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June 18 – Aberdeen to Arbroath

By | June 19, 2012

Aberdeen was very busy at 07:00 when we wanted to go. It was to be expected but we ended up waiting for nearly 2 hours. Sitting in a queue to leave is not what cruising is about, but it was worth going to Aberdeen to get the experience of entering and leaving a big harbour. […]

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June 17 – Peterhead to Aberdeen

By | June 17, 2012

We left Peterhead at 11:30 bound for Aberdeen. It’s just David and Joe now as Andrew has left after completing the top part of the journey; Ullapool, Orkney and on to Peterhead. A few miles south of Peterhead we passed Slains Castle, near Cruden Bay, which is reputed to be Bram Stokers inspiration for Dracula. […]

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June 16 – Peterhead (Stormbound day 2)

By | June 16, 2012

A second day stormbound in Peterhead was relieved by two exciting incidents. Fog Horn Gas Alert Firstly whilst rummaging around in the cockpit under-seat locker the gas canister on a hand held air powered fog horn started to empty. This would normally not be a problem as the gas should be non flammable, but we […]

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June 15 – Peterhead (Stormbound)

By | June 15, 2012

Its raining and the wind is blowing hard outside. We are stormbound in Peterhead – a large fishing port at the top northeast corner of Scotland. The marina here is well sheltered and we have the cockpit cover deployed. Nice and cosy inside. It even gives us somewhere to dry our wet clothes. Peterhead Marina […]

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June 14 – Whitehills to Peterhead

By | June 14, 2012

Left Whitehills for Peterhead at 07:00 to catch the tide east and down past Rattray Head – a notorious headland with overfalls and strong tides. Devon like coast just east of Whitehills No wind. So when we left we motor-sailed along what was a very ‘Devon like‘ coastline. Green fields above sloping cliffs. The light […]

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June 13 – Wick to Whitehills (Moray Firth)

By | June 13, 2012

We said goodbye to Wick after a refuling epic with containers – no alongside fuel but a very friendly harbourmaster and fuel staff – and left for Whitehills harbour on the south side of the Moray Firth. We had planned to go to Banff, but the Wick harbourmaster advised us to try Whitehills; more depth […]

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June 12 – Stromness to Wick

By | June 12, 2012

We set off from Stromness at 10:30 with a dropping forecast N F4/5 bound for Wick via the notorious Pentland Firth. The wind was gusting as the showers of rain passed by. Our wind instrument has been broken for days now so the only indication of wind speed has been the look of the sea […]

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June 9 – Lochinver to Kinlochbervie

By | June 9, 2012

A still morning saw us leaving Lochinver for Kinlochbervie at 09:00. We were catching the tide up and around the The Point of Stoer and the famous ‘Old man of Stoer’ sea-stack. The forecast was again NE F5/6 but with no sign of it then. As we sailed up towards Stoerhead the wind picked up […]

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June 8 – Lochinver and stormbound

By | June 8, 2012

The wind is howling outside and has been blowing all night we are staying in Lochinver today (Friday) and plan to leave for Kinlochbervie tomorrow. Weather calming down to F4/5 NE. Lochinver pontoons – the sun just coming out after the blow We had breakfast in the Lochinver Seamans Mission – a brand new building […]

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