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SIB'bing the Small Isles of Scotland

Postby The Gurnard » Wed May 10, 2017 5:40 pm

I have been enjoying the lovely spell of weather over the west coast of Scotland and took my SIB over to the Small Isles of Eigg, Rum and Canna ..for four days of wild camping. :D

The trip was over 100 miles and used around 70 litres of fuel. I went with a friend Duggie.. who is also a forum member.. and it was great to have some company on this adventure. :thumbsup

I have put together a quick video of the first day of the trip..and if there is interest..I will do the other days when I get some time.

Music is by Runrig ..a Scottish band..and I think fits rthe mood of a trip to Canna. Its not a journey for the faint hearted in a small inflatable..but it certainly worth the effort if you do.

This is a map of Day 1

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This is the video ..which includes some photos I also took of the trip



Enjoy
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Re: SIB'bing the Small Isles of Scotland

Postby chris moody » Wed May 10, 2017 6:17 pm

A great video and awesome scenery
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Re: SIB'bing the Small Isles of Scotland

Postby The Gurnard » Wed May 10, 2017 7:24 pm

Thanks Chris..glad you enjoyed it..and I agree .. it is stunning scenery.. and very remote. I only saw half a dozen boats over the four day period.. and very few folks on the land. :thumbsup

For a little background into my adventures ..its important to realise I don’t just jump in my SIB and hope for the best. I spend a little time researching the area ..studying tidal flows ..distances .. tide times .. etc.

And although I appreciate many will be lost without the latest GPS gizmo ..I tend to ignore them and stick with an old fashioned map and compass.

Here is the map overview I took for the trip. On it you can see the islands..(I shaded them in purple as my old eyes can barely make out printed outlines.) Possible routes with their distances. Tide speed in knots through the passages between islands and also which direction etc.

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I use it to navigate along with the ships compass. I also use my mark one eyeball as my second eyeball has a cataract at present..so its not so useful. I also have some local knowledge..a lot of experience ..and a strong survival instinct. IMO All that is better than an electronic nav box...of course some may choose to disagree. :?

I ALWAYS carry an auxiliary outboard on such trips..plus a handheld VHF.. (which may not help as its line of sight communications and few other boats around) .. and of course ..a PLB

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I also printed a larger view of each individual island.. marking possible landing spots. There were no landing spots on the south west side of Rum..it was cliffs the whole way..except a very small rocky beach at Harris bay..but only for emergency landing. Therefore I knew there was little assistance if in trouble .. between Eigg and Canna. .

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And of course..I printed the weather forecast for the four days..and also wrote on high tide ..low tide times. Notice it is the Met Office forecast..but I also noted Magic Seaweed forecast in green..which seemed to agree with XC weather forecast too. I tend to average them all into my own forecast.


Sunday was going to be the worst forecast.. gusting Force five to force 6.. and as Sunday was to be day two..it was a case of suck things and see what to do...

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Then Monday and Tuesday back to gentler Force 3 winds. However due to the pressure system that brough the good weather..winds were all over the place.

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To be continued....
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Re: SIB'bing the Small Isles of Scotland

Postby John » Wed May 10, 2017 8:21 pm

WOW! amazing. What a wonderful boat trip and a great video. :thumbsup
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Re: SIB'bing the Small Isles of Scotland

Postby kaman » Wed May 10, 2017 8:53 pm

Couldn't agree more John.
That excursion must be the Holy Grail of sibbing trips.
I've wanted to do that very island hop for the last 10 years since I first visited Eigg and Rum.
I've spent a good few nights on Rum in Dibidil and Guirdil bothies as well as youth hostel.
I fancied landing on the stoney beach next to Guirdil.

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Here's the view from Guirdil bothy looking over to Canna


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I can smell and hear the bothy fire...... :cheers
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Re: SIB'bing the Small Isles of Scotland

Postby 9-R » Wed May 10, 2017 9:31 pm

Very cool! Thanks for posting the video, I'm anxious for more if you have them available. I long for trips like this but will probably never see the day.

How do you know where you can stop and camp for the night? Is it designated public land, a park or just that people don't mind if you stay on their property?
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Re: SIB'bing the Small Isles of Scotland

Postby DaveRolph » Thu May 11, 2017 7:53 am

Awesome !!!!
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Re: SIB'bing the Small Isles of Scotland

Postby sparerib » Thu May 11, 2017 12:14 pm

Fantastic, well jealous of all the wee islands on the West, not much over here on the East apart from a few in the Forth estuary, hoping get round a few this summer.....If you fancy a bit of company next time give us a shout, can easily hook the wee rib up and trail her over.
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Re: SIB'bing the Small Isles of Scotland

Postby The Gurnard » Thu May 11, 2017 1:24 pm

Thanks again for the comments guys .. its appreciated :thumbsup

9-R we are spoiled in Scotland.. as its perfectly legal to walk.. or wild camp anywhere..as long as I follow the Scottish Access code

http://www.outdooraccess-scotland.com/

I'm always up for a bit of company Sparerib..and go most decent weather windows. Just give my a shout sometime you are free and its a settled spell of winds :D

Here is the video of day two “ You Canna beat a bit of Eigg with a touch of Rum”

Music is again by Runrig.

Part three and four .. will follow once I get a bit of time to produce them



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Re: SIB'bing the Small Isles of Scotland

Postby Martin » Thu May 11, 2017 3:17 pm

This looks superb... I'm watching it progress Donny, just away working at the moment but thoroughly looking forward to plonking down in front of the computer and reading/watching this in all its glory... (I prefer to do it that way and imagine a little trip away) :shame
I really wanna read/watch it now :cry:
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