Islay well worth the visit – then silence for two days —- and back

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Islay? I just wish we had bikes, that’s all.  So much easier than walking.

A tip!!  When I write the blog, I have no way of knowing if all of it has been published until I publish it.  Then, when I look at the blog and find something missing, I edit to make the addition, or change.  However, for some strange reason, once I publish, those who are notified receive the unedited blog even though you may look long after the blog was edited.

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A sudden 25 knot squall appeared on a tranquil day which lasted about half an hour

A mild and calm day today and we are away, late again for the afternoon ebb north (It flows in all sorts of directions hereabouts) to take us through the Sound of Islay and on to West Loch Tarbert of Jura.  We’ll be anchoring tonight way up a Loch (one of Sandy’s ‘not-to-be-missed’)

A mild and calm day today and we are away, late again for the afternoon ebb north (It flows in all sorts of directions hereabouts) to take us through the Sound of Islay and on to West Loch Tarbert of Jura.  We’ll be anchoring tonight way up a Loch (one of Sandy’s ‘not-to-be-missed’)

The Sound of Islay was certainly a highlight, as was anchoring way up in West Loch Tarbert with spectacular views of the Paps of Jura and a part of Jura which is completely uninhabited apart from two, what appear to be, isolated holiday(?) homes with access only from the sea.

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Tranquility in West Loch Tarbert, Jura

No blog tonight because we have no signal!!!

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Paps of Jura from West Loch Tarbert in the very early morning

And what a peaceful night.  The wind dropped to nothing and, typically, no swell that far up a loch.  This morning, we were up and away at 05.20 to sail over the Colonsay and on to Mull.  The day is dull with sunny peeps and a bit chilliy.  But what a day for sailing.  10 to 15 knots all day from the south meant that we ran all day long with hardly any use of the engine.   Round Colonsay, then off on a broad reach to the Sound of Iona which we ran through agains the tide at less than 4 knots which gave us plenty of time to sight-see.  Staffa next.  Much too much swell to think of anchoring and landing, but plenty of photographs close to Fingals Cave.  Oh, and flocks of Puffins to photograph.  Then, on round Mull until we drop anchor in Loch Cuan.  Beautiful sunny evening.  But, no signal, so no blog!!!

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Staffa with Fingals Cave on the right.  Too lively to anchor and land, but beautiful to see
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