Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Scotland 2017 - Part 2

Day Three
Inverness Marina to Seaport Marina

Leaving Inverness Marina for the last time.

A bit choppy on the way to the canal.

Clachnaharry Sea Lock entrance.

Locking up onto the canal.

Waiting in the lock as we sort out the paperwork.

Heading along the canal and towards Inverness once more.

Moored in Seaport Marina, Inverness and sheltering from the winds.

Day Four
Seaport Marina to Dores to Urquhart Harbour, Loch Ness

Heading towards Muirtown Lock Flight.

Sharing the lock flight with The Mutin.

Heading ever upwards.

Free of the locks at last.

Mutin on the move.

Heading out into Lock Ness.

A lunchtime anchorage at Dores, Loch Ness.

Anchored off the beach as we head for lunch in the Dores Inn.

A lovely pub on the beach.

Naughty-Cal is all alone by the time we have lunch, catch up with Liam's mum and have a couple of drinks.

Heading across the Loch.

The water is getting deeper!

Safely tucked up in Urquhart Harbour with the hire boats.

Scotland 2017 - Part 1

So I have started to sift through the many hundreds of photos which I took during our trip across Scotland and will try to put them in some sort of order for you now!

Day One
Burton Waters to Inverness by road

Early morning start.

Waiting by the slipway

Inching up the slipway.

Ready to hit the road.

A quick pit stop.

Some stunning views along the way.

Just arrived at Inverness Marina.

Ready for the lift.

In mid air.

Safely back in the water.

Day Two
A days break in Inverness

A dull drizzly day but Inverness still looks very pretty.

Across the River Ness.

Lovely sandstone buildings.

The view down river from the castle.

Old buildings abound.

Lovely old markets.

A quick run out into the estuary to check all was good with Naughty-Cal.

After a half hour dolphin watching it was time to head back on a glassy river.

Back in the marina for the evening.

The view across the marina. Naughty-Cal is tucked away right at the far end of the pontoon. You might just spot her bow poking out!

Monday, 24 July 2017

Back to Work

Bleary eyed we awoke with the alarm this morning at 5.30am. A sure sign that the holiday is over and it is back to the grindstone for the both of us.

We have had a fantastic two and a half weeks away on Naughty-Cal in some stunning scenery but now it is time to get back to normality and earn some more pennies.

Now we can start to plan ahead for next summers big trip. As we have decided that trailing the boat is not such a big deal and have found a transporter we very much trust who knows where future holidays will take us?

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Home Safe

We are now home safe and sound with a big thank you to Tony Tugboat for getting us back in one piece. Very professional as always.

Naughty-Cal is now tucked up safe and sound on her own mooring.

Friday, 21 July 2017

Come To An End

All good thinks must come to an end and today we must head for home. We are being picked up at 2pm close to where we are currently moored in Oban Marina on the island of Kerrera.

We have loved our time here in Scotland but will be glad to get Naughty-Cal back into home waters again.

It will be a long drive home.

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Mill Pond

What a difference a day makes.  It is like a mill pond this morning.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Weather Bound

It was a bit lumpy on the berths last night to say the least. We had very little sleep and we were up in the night to check the ropes.

It is still very choppy so we have caught the ferry across to Oban for the day.

On arriving in Oban the bay is flat calm and in complete contrast to the other side. According to the locals the wind will change direction later and calm down so we should get a bit more sleep .

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Beautiful Day

We look set to have the best day weatherwise of the holiday so far today. So the plan is to head to Seil for a spot of lunch before coming back to Oban Bay and doing a spot of fishing.

Monday, 17 July 2017

We Are Off

Finally after three days stranded in Banavie we have made it from the East coast to the west coast of Scotland.

We are now moored in Oban Marina which we will use as our base for the next few days. We will have day trips out from here as and when the weather allows!

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Another Day

It is another windy day here in Banavie so no trip to Sea for us today, which we knew anyway. At least it isn't due to rain all day today.

So it is another evening in Banavie for us today. Our third on this lock landing pontoon which would be frowned upon anywhere else but is common place here on the Caledonian Canal.

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Lucked Out

We have lucked out with the weather today. We should have been heading out to sea and on to Kentallen this morning but visibility is very poor and sea conditions too lumpy to make any serious progress.

So we are having a days shore break to Fort William today and Liams mum is coming to visit in the morning.

So this pontoon at the foot of Neptunes Staircase looks set to be home for the next couple of days until conditions improve on Monday.

Friday, 14 July 2017

Down The Stair

We have this afternoon come down the Neptunes Staircase . As wonderful a piece of engineering it is, we would not wish to do it again!