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Forth Estuary--Inchkieth and Inchcolm Islands this Sunday

Postby sparerib » Thu Sep 14, 2017 10:40 am

Anyone fancy a wee trip around the Forth this Sunday 17th September :drive

Launch a Burntisland public slip(behind the swimming pool) around 0930- 1000 (High water is 1330), run out to Inchcolm (about 3 Nmiles)in the glorious sunshine and calm seas(ok 7-9mph NNE with calm water) have a look around, then head for Inchkieth(around 5Nmiles) another explore then back to Burntisland(3Nmiles)

Returning to Burntisland well before low tide at 1937
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Re: Forth Estuary--Inchkieth and Inchcolm Islands this Sunda

Postby rogerblack » Thu Sep 14, 2017 11:34 am

Are you doing this deliberately just to wind me up, Ross, you rotten so-and-so?! :Boxsmile

I would have loved to come on this but for reasons you well know I can't :thud

As you head around the bay towards Pettycur, look up at the flats by the graveyard and give me a cheery wave, :wavey
I'll be at the window on my crutches watching you have fun (or if it's lousy weather, laughing my @rse off!!). :lol: :lol:

I'll have my scanner on so will listen for any transmissions, obviously being on land I won't be able to use my VHF radio to respond as that would be contrary to my SRC, so make the most of it ;-)

Seriously, I hope the weather is fine and wish you calm seas and an enjoyable day on the Forth. If Steve's around I'm sure he'll join you, also maybe Stewart.

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Re: Forth Estuary--Inchkieth and Inchcolm Islands this Sunda

Postby sparerib » Thu Sep 14, 2017 11:49 am

rogerblack wrote:Are you doing this deliberately just to wind me up, Ross, you rotten so-and-so?! :Boxsmile

I would have loved to come on this but for reasons you well know I can't :thud

As you head around the bay towards Pettycur, look up at the flats by the graveyard and give me a cheery wave, :wavey
I'll be at the window on my crutches watching you have fun (or if it's lousy weather, laughing my @rse off!!). :lol: :lol:

I'll have my scanner on so will listen for any transmissions, obviously being on land I won't be able to use my VHF radio to respond as that would be contrary to my SRC, so make the most of it ;-)

Seriously, I hope the weather is fine and wish you calm seas and an enjoyable day on the Forth. If Steve's around I'm sure he'll join you, also maybe Stewart.

:cheers



Not deliberate Roger !! Hopefully the weather gods will be on our side.....forecast isn't too bad.....as long as its not p*ssing down and really lumpy!.....Give us a shout when you are up for it again.....before the migration ????
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Re: Forth Estuary--Inchkieth and Inchcolm Islands this Sunda

Postby Steve » Thu Sep 14, 2017 1:42 pm

Hi Ross, we could very well be interested in this. Planning on going out tomorrow and then all being well, Sunday too. We'd be launching from Aberdour though, which is where the boat is, so would have to meet you en route. I'll confirm asap!

Have you been to these islands before? I've not landed on Inchcolm but have Inchkeith...

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Re: Forth Estuary--Inchkieth and Inchcolm Islands this Sunda

Postby sparerib » Thu Sep 14, 2017 2:37 pm

Steve wrote:Hi Ross, we could very well be interested in this. Planning on going out tomorrow and then all being well, Sunday too. We'd be launching from Aberdour though, which is where the boat is, so would have to meet you en route. I'll confirm asap!

Have you been to these islands before? I've not landed on Inchcolm but have Inchkeith...

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Hi Steve,

No problem we can arrange to meet. Or I can come down to Aberdour either by water or road....totaly flexible

I've not been to either ! Have planned to several times but one thing or another has always been against me!
Where in Aberdour do you launch/keep the boat at the boat club?

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Re: Forth Estuary--Inchkieth and Inchcolm Islands this Sunda

Postby sparerib » Sun Sep 17, 2017 5:19 pm

Where can you see these in a morning??

Abandoned WW2 fortifications, A 13Century Abbey, A World Heritage Site, A World Record Breaking Bridge, A New Aircraft carrier and 4 sealed up (we don't know what to do with them) Nuclear Submarines

Warm and overcast with near perfect sea....as calm as it gets in the Forth Estuary launched on an incoming tide at Burntisland and headed fist to InchKeith, first referenced in the 12th century, used as quarantine for syphilis and the plague, a linguistic experiment by James IV, defence against the English in the 16th century, visited by Boswell and Dr Johnson in the 18th century, had a lighthouse installed in 1803 and heavily fortified for the First and Second World wars and last week used as a landing point for a fairly big Army exercise where troops were choppered in to spend the night !
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North East approach


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Turned 3305

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Turned


A quick 5 mile run takes us to InchColm, Visited by St Columba the 6th century, occupied once by the Romans, mentioned in Shakespears "The Scottish Play", a religious site in the 12th century, a home for some hermits, raided by the English and occupied by them in the 14th, fortified in the World Wars and now home to a Priory and a few tourists!

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3329 InchColm turned

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Curiously 50m away from InchColm, is InchKnome
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InchKnome


Another quick blast and we're heading under the magnificent Forth Bridge still the Worlds second longest single cantilever span, opened in 1890 and rightly a fantastic symbol of Scotland and a World Heritage Site

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3338 forth bridge turned


One minute away brings the Forth Road Bridge over head, opened in 1964 and currently closed for repair.


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FRB. 3341 turned


Crossed it a thousand times....never realised the carriageway was just supported by meccano !


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carriage ways 3343 turned




And now Ladies an Gentlemen......The Queensferry Crossing the longest triple tower cable-stayed bridge in the world and the UK's tallest bridge, an absolute bargain. A Mesolithic dwelling was found on the South bank of the Forth during construction, dated at 8300BC, the earliest known dwelling in Scotland.
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Queensferry Crossing


Next a quick wiz up to Rosyth, to give the tourists something to look at on the the cruise ship Black Watch


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Oleson' Black Watch 3348 turned


Round the corner to see the new Aircraft carrier.


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Aircraft Carrier 3349 turned


Finally a quick blast past the "There not there and if they were we don't know what to do with them sealed up Nuclear Subs" that I first didn't see about 30 years ago when I was dropping a mate back at his RN ship....dont tell a soul.
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Back home in time for the Roast the Mrs has in the oven.....NIce :thumbsup
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Re: Forth Estuary--Inchkieth and Inchcolm Islands this Sunda

Postby Paul B » Sun Sep 17, 2017 5:52 pm

Looks like you had a good trip out Ross, I would love to do it one day,
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Re: Forth Estuary--Inchkieth and Inchcolm Islands this Sunda

Postby mattswan2512 » Sun Sep 17, 2017 6:47 pm

Great trip mate and some fantastic pictures!
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Re: Forth Estuary--Inchkieth and Inchcolm Islands this Sunda

Postby Steve » Sun Sep 17, 2017 7:59 pm

Hi Ross, good to meet you and Sam this morning. Looks like you had a great trip and you've got some excellent photos there!

You definitely had better weather than we had on Friday. Hopefully we'll be able to join you next time...

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Re: Forth Estuary--Inchkieth and Inchcolm Islands this Sunda

Postby rogerblack » Sun Sep 17, 2017 9:28 pm

Great photos and brilliant write-up, Ross. Thought I knew the area but learned some new stuff. Love the gnomes!
That'll spur me on to get the leg fully working again and do the trip for myself sometime.
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