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!

To The Stair

Today is our last full day on the Caledonian Canal. We are currently cruising along Loch Lochy heading for Gairlochy and on towards Banavie and Neptunes Staircase.

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Loch Oich

We spent last night moored on the very pretty Loch Oich. Today we are heading back up the loch to visit Invergarry Castle before coming back through Laggan and further towards the coast.

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

On the Up

Today we are heading up the flight of locks at Fort Augustus and are heading to the summit of the canal on Loch Oich.

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Moving On

Today we will move on and leave Loch Ness. We are heading on to Fort Augustus and will leave the loch to head south on the canal.

Monday, 10 July 2017

To The Falls

We have had a trip across the loch this morning to Foyers Pier from which we walked up to the Falls of Foyer. The Falls are pretty spectacular.

Now we are on our way back to Urquhart Harbour from where we will walk into town for the day.

Sunday, 9 July 2017

The Loch

We have arrived on the lovely Loch Ness.

We met Liams mum and husband at the very nice Dores Inn for dinner and have now moved on for the evening to find a nice sheltered BBQ spot.

Heading Higher

Today we will be heading higher up the canal as we leave our berth in Seaport Marina and head towards Loch Ness . Our intended destination Dores.

Saturday, 8 July 2017

On The Canal

We are now on the Caledonian Canal and moored up in Seaport Marina.  We have called it a day here as the wind is howling through. The staff all seem very friendly and helpful.

Dolphin Watching

After a days break in Inverness yesterday we decided to have a quick run out in the Moray Firth. We had not even left the marina when we spotted the first dolphin.

Today we are heading onto the Caledonian Canal. High water is at about 1pm so we will aim to be at the sea lock for then.

Friday, 7 July 2017

A Day Off

We are having a day off boating today to explore the lovely city of Inverness.

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

The Final Day

It is our final day at work today. A day of tying up loose ends and leaving everything as sorted as it can be before we head over to the marina this evening.

We don't plan to do a lot this evening, just dump some gear on the boat, grab a quick shower and then head across to Harbour Lights for a bite to eat before retiring early to bed as we have a 3am start in the morning.

3am! It has been a long time since we had to get up at that time and I think the last time was boat related as well when we had to catch an early tide from Grimsby.

We have stocked up this morning on sweets and water for the journey. Hopefully a bit of sugar will keep us alert during the early hours. No doubt as we get closer to Inverness the excitement will kick in and wake us both up fully despite the early start.

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

A Fine Weekend

It wasn't all work and no play over the weekend. We also had a great weekend celebrating our friends first wedding anniversary at Southrey, the village where they got married. A great weekend was had by all with much laughing and merriment along the way.

Heading out of the marina

Through Lincoln

Jack having a wash after rolling in something stinky.

The fleet

Busy moorings

The taxi too the White Horse

Ferrying passengers

The fleet from the White Horse, Dunsten Fen.

Heading back to Southrey.

The boys coming back.

Liam and Abbie climbing trees in the Riverside beer garden.

The chapel at Southrey where we enjoyed a great service on Sunday morning.

Checking out the new loo facilities.

Heading back home.

Monday, 3 July 2017

Ready and Waiting

Naughty-Cal is now sat ready and waiting for he big adventure later this week. She is now as ready as she will ever be.

Liam and I have just three days left at work and then we will head down to the marina on Wednesday evening after work ready for the off at 3.30am on Thursday morning.

It will be an early start but this should see us in Inverness in plenty of time to get craned off the trailer and back into the water before the yard shuts for the day.

Now all we need to do is pray for some decent weather.

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Riverside

I think a great evening was had by all. A big thank you to The Riverside at Southery for accommodating us all and making sure we were all fed and watered well.

We will be back.

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Low Clearance

Last night we had a nice run down to Fiskerton.  We got one lock out of the way and made for a nice easy run today with one lock and only a few miles to go to Southery.

The willow trees in Lincoln didn't make life easy. 9'2" clearance I think not!