Leg 4. The Isle of Kerrera to Craobh

The crews of Kingfisher and Nightsong, who berthed at the Island of Kerrera opposite Oban, woke up this morning to be greeted by thick fog. Luckily this soon burnt off to reveal a glorious day, so they set sail South down the West coast of Scotland to face the challenge of navigating the Cuan Sound.

Cuan Sound is a narrow channel, separating Seil Island and Luing and later becoming the Firth of Lorn. It has a very strong current and is in many places foul and rocky so usually only attempted at slack water. The crew of Nightsong revelled in the warm sunshine while navigating the Cuan Sound which required careful pilotage. Not much clearance under the keel to get in but well worth the visit.

Kingfisher, photographed from Nightsong, in the beautiful and tranquil anchorage of Ardinamir Bay

Ardinamir Bay, is a small bay sheltered between the slate islands of Luing and the Island of Torsa. The Isle of Luing has changed little over the past two hundred years. It is a tranquil paradise, with stunning views to Mull, Scarba, the Garvellachs and the many other small islands that surround it, with white-washed quarriers cottages, lush pasture and abundant wildlife. Torsa was inhabited until the 1960s, but there is now only one house on the island, which is used for holiday lets. Its main industry is farming, with cattle, bred for their hardiness, brought over from the neighbouring islands.

On the Cuan sound

“After a very long and relaxing lunch we had a gentle sail across to the pretty Scottish harbour of Craobh.

Craobh Marina

Now sitting in the sunshine listening to the unmistakable tones of bagpipes played excellently by the local Scottish piper.
Off to Crinan tomorrow, a name I can pronounce !!!”

Anyone interested in taking part in a Sail for Macmillan should contact Colin and Jan of Premier Sailing, who will be happy to share more details and if you wish you may express an interest in taking part in 2018, without obligation.

Donations to support the cause may be given to the Just Givingpage.

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