Loch Linnhe 2010

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With a week to go before the next crew change, we headed up Loch Linnhe towards Fort William.  Weather was very calm so we had to motor much of the distance, which encouraged short hops.

First stop was Port Ramsey on Lismore.  Like many islands it supported hundreds of fishermen/farmers in the past, but is now mostly holiday homes, many owned by families who originated on the island.

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Second anchorage was in Kentallen Bay, where we profited from a bike trail built on an abandoned railroad track up to Ballachulish and into lower Glencoe.

The Pap of Glencoe is visible behind Helen here.
In lower Glencoe, you can look to Bidean nam Bian over this unnamed loch, or just enjoy the village.  we did both, but took few photos.

We did change bike tires several times, getting four flats on the one day.

We would like to have sailed further up Loch Leven, but the ferry has been replaced by a bridge that is only 55 feet high, whereas our mast is 73 feet high.
We saw several boats in the Three Peaks Race, where the contestants race under sail from Barmouth in Wales to Fort William, stopping to climb the highest peaks in each of Wales, England and Scotland en route.

This boat was chartered in England by an Australian group who had come to compete, after winning a similar race in Tasmania.  We enjoyed a good party with some of the crews after the race.

We biked around Fort William quite a lot, and up Glen Nevis, but forgot the camera. 

Afterwards, we headed back South to Oban to meet the Tyler family
Weather was lousy, with 20 knots on the nose.  We had to motor through Corran narrows with 6 knots current helping us against a 20 knot wind.  With the wind against the current the waves were very steep and gave us a rough ride, with too much spray flying around for photographs.

In Oban we moored again at the Oban Yacht Club, under the shadow of McCuaig's folly (A granite structure now called "McCuaig's Tower" by the tourist board.)  

The island of Kererra is in the background.
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