2011  Western Scotland

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This map shows our overall route while in Scotland.  Due to lots of rain and gales, we make longer runs than we had wished, and had to choose anchorages primarily for shelter, missing several places we had wished to visit.

All our stops are shown

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After leaving the Crinan Canal, we sailed to Oban, where Kirsteen Currie  joined us, then on to Rum and Mallaig where Diane Norwood arrived.
We toured the amazing Victorian mansion on the Isle of Rum, and learned that as well as being the "summer cottage" of an ultra wealthy English industrialist, it was a favourite spot of King Edward VII and friends to sneak off to for orgies at the beginning of the last century.
All this without taking any pictures, because of the lousy weather

From Mallaig up to Plockton, where we had some good hikes and enjoyed the local pub.  This shot of the Torridon hills from a hill above Plockton tells a story of the weather on one of the better days.

East of Plockton was snow covered too,  but the higher peaks of the Cuillins of Skye were surprisingly clear.

We did not have the weather to climb to the top, but had a good hike there
Although our anchorage in Plockton  was snow free, and well sheltered, we still had a major storm one day, with the wind whipping the tops off the waves.
We were rolling around, just like our immediate neighbour.
We toured Skye for a day by car, with a look into Dunvegan Castle and some short hiking.  Waterfalls were huge, but any long hikes or climbs  unappetising
As we sailed North to Lochinver the weather improved.
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