Fort William to Oban (Operation CC)

 
The passage over Easter was:

Day 1 Clachnaharry Sea Lock to anchorage at Invermoriston
Day 2 Invermoriston to Laggan Locks
Day 3 Laggan Locks to Fort William
Day 4 Fort William to Oban

The final leg was back out to sea from Fort William to Oban

 

A view of Neptune's Staircase which is the 8 locks taking you down to Banavie Top Basin

Working our way down the staircase. The whole lot took close to 2 hours

After the staircase are a few more locks and swing bridges before you finally make it to the sea loch and the sea

This was very typical of the many railway swing bridges that are extremely challenging to maintain. The Canal Team did a great job of opening them quickly for us.

Ben Nevis overseeing proceedings

The final Sea Lock before exiting the Canal

Brimble can smell the sea

As you look back this is the sign welcoming you from where we'd come. Quite poignant because obviously our journey had been far beyond the Shetlands and the North Sea

Out at sea and we soon had the sails up. A characteristically shy porpoise followed us some way out to sea

Corran Point lighthouse marking the ferocious tides that can sweep through here. On the day we had a couple of knots in our favour and all was well and very benign. The fickle finger of fate had served us well.

The sail along the coast was uneventful and beautiful. We tucked in shore of Shuna Island, mainly to see whether we could and then had a lovely beat up the Lynnn of Lorn and then the Firth of Lorn into Oban. We arrived at tea time. Perfect.

Brimble snugged up at Oban



The following day was forecast rain and gales so Tim and I slipped off for a run round the mountain.
We did it but goodness me it was blustery to say the least. Still a perfect end to a great few days sailing.




So, next time we're back will most probably be for the Scottish Isles Peak Race. We may be able to sneak in a weekend before that. I'm not sure.





 

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