"Circumnavigating Scotland by sailboat" Scotland by daarth

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Sailing around Scotland, Juli 2002. Picture is sunset off Cape Wrath. We were passing this North-West corner of Scotland on a sail-leg from Stornoway (Outer Hebrides) to Kirkwall (Orkney)

Sailing for three weeks in July 2002, here is the short version setting out from Bergen, Norway. Crossing the North Sea. Circumnavigating Scotland, and the return to Bergen over the North Sea again. We logged 1141 nautical miles.

Friday evening, July 5th. Set out from Bergen. We had the wind against us the whole way. Force 9 at the end.
Monday evening about midnight: Arrival at Inverness. Sea loch was closed, so we had to find a spot at the harbour.
Tuesday we went into the Sea loch of the Caledonian Canal. We stayed at the marina that day for repairs and R&R.
Wednesday: Ascending the lochs up to Loch Ness. In the afternoon we arrived at the far end at a wonderful place called Fort Augustus.
Thursday we ascended further up to Loch Oich. On the other end we descended to Loch Lochy and ended the day at the top of Neptunes staircase. From here you could look down to the sea!
Friday: It took several hours descending the “staircase” to the sea by Fort William. We then continued South West to Oban. It was with some satisfaction we concluded that this was about as far south as the middle of Denmark. We thought of Norwegian sailors bragging about sailing that far south. We were at that latitude, but on the other side of Scotland!
Saturday we turned north up the sound of Mull to Tobermorry on the Island of Mull.
Sunday: Continued up the South Minch to Inverie and mainland U.K.'s most remote pub!

More to come :-))))))

I am actually waiting for the "new VT" to write my pages from this adventure. But I desided to throw in a few pictures already now :-)


Dep. 5pm Friday July 5, 2002 from Bjørge
Arr. Invernes 12 midnight Monday July 8.
Fort Augustus Wednesday July 10.
Fort William Thursday July 11.
Oban Friday July 12
Tobermory Saturday July 13.
Iverie Sunday July 14
Plockton Monday July 15
Portree Tuesday July 16
Stornoway Wedesday July 17 Left Friday July 19
Kirkwall Saterday July 20.
Fair Isle Monday July 22.
Lerwick Tuesday July 23. Left Friday July 26
Arr. Bergen Saturday July 27 2002


I am contradicting myself, because I have also started writing about the trip in my homepage travelogue "The Northsea"<A href="http://www.virtualtourist.com/m/tt/27950/">http://www.virtualtourist.com/m/tt/27950/</a>

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  • Pros:They have the single malt here
  • Cons:Don't drink too much of it at once
  • In a nutshell:Cheers!
  • Last visit to Scotland: Dec 1959
  • Intro Updated Oct 8, 2003
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  • King_Golo's Profile Photo
    Jun 12, 2014 at 12:20 PM

    Scotland really is a magic place - thanks for sharing.

  • JessH's Profile Photo
    Aug 26, 2008 at 6:07 AM

    Have been looking at your Scotland page, reminiscing with a heavy *sigh* :-( We loved Fort William and want to make our base near Loch Linnhie next time. Have started uploading photos (from land, not sea ;-) if you're interested / Have a lovely day / Jess

  • uglyscot's Profile Photo
    Aug 5, 2008 at 12:59 AM

    Great to see a different view of all the old familiar places!

  • Maxus's Profile Photo
    Apr 29, 2006 at 3:55 AM

    What a breath of fresh air, I can almost taste the salt. Wonderful.

  • TravellingSpirit's Profile Photo
    Dec 28, 2005 at 3:15 PM

    I could have waved to you as you went by - did you come as far south as Ayrshire and the Isle of Arran?

  • RickinDutch's Profile Photo
    Oct 28, 2005 at 2:23 PM

    Enjoyed your Scottish adventure. Ginland ? :)

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    Sep 23, 2005 at 3:16 AM


  • scottishvisitor's Profile Photo
    Aug 25, 2005 at 1:44 PM

    What a fantastic way to visit Scotland - great narration on your travels - Excellent

  • margaretvn's Profile Photo
    May 1, 2005 at 2:57 AM

    enjoyed your page and the way you wrote about your trip

  • tak_pap's Profile Photo
    Feb 13, 2005 at 6:03 AM

    attractive pages, as always - thanks so much for your birthday wishes - T-


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