SCOTLAND 2015 - For ISW 2015 we will return to Rothesay on the Isle of Bute in the Firth of Clyde in Scotland.
The Firth of Clyde is a sheltered but very scenic cruising area with destinations ranging from deserted anchorages and sheltered bays to busy fishing harbours and marinas.
Long lochs penetrate far into the highlands to the north, whilst to the south there are a scatter of islands, each of a different size and character. Land based attractions include castles, archaeology, sub-tropical botanical gardens, distilleries, golf and bicycle hire. We will be based in Rothesay Harbour on the Isle of Bute which is right in the centre of these two areas.
Rothesay (reputed to be the warmest place on the Clyde as the Gulf Stream pours straight in) is a former Victorian holiday town. It is ideal for those either sleeping on board or ashore as there are shops, restaurants of all kinds, pubs, accommodation from grand to simple, and plentiful diversions in case of bad weather.
Mostly we will day sail from Rothesay. There will be the possibility of one or two nights away at anchor after a BBQ etc. but not too far away for those wishing to return to Rothesay for the night afterwards.
Fri 12th June – recommended arrival and launching day. Launch at Kip Marina (near Greenock) by crane or slip (HW 09:00), leave cars/trailers. Overnight marina berths available at £15 or local accommodation.
Sat 13th June – Last minute launching, (HW 10:06) sail (9nm, fair tide, 2 hrs) to Rothesay on the Isle of Bute, our base for the week. We have a dedicated area in the inner harbour with access to toilets and showers. The harbour is in the centre of the towns with shops, restaurants and accommodation close to hand. If needed, there is a regular ferry to the mainland, landing one mile from Kip Marina.
Welcome buffet supper and briefing at the Victoria Hotel in Rothesay.
Sun 14th June – Easy sail in and around Rothesay Bay. Port Bannatyne for picnic or lunch in café ashore. Return to Rothesay for supper - own arrangements or join others at one of establishment(s) suggested at briefing.
Mon 15th June – Kyles of Bute area (7nm, 2hrs each way). Afternoon/ evening BBQ at Caladh, which is a small bay tucked in behind a rhododendron covered island at the northern end of the Island of Bute. Explore ashore. Return to Rothesay for those sleeping ashore.
Tue 16th June – Race Day. Race in Rothesay Bay. Fish & Chip supper.
Wed 17th June – Mount Stuart, the Marquis of Bute’s Victorian Gothic Mansion, is one of Britain’s most spectacular Victorian Gothic houses (6nm, 1 1/2hrs each way). Anchor at Ascog and dinghy ashore. Tour of house and lunch.
Evening – Ascog (3nm towards Rothesay) BBQ. Overnight at anchor or return to Rothesay.
Thu 18th June – Millport on Great Cunbrae – an island to the south west of Bute. (8nm, 2 1/2hrs each way). Circumnavigation of island by bicycle. Return to Rothesay for supper - own arrangements or join others at one of establishment(s) suggested at briefing
Fri 19th June – Short day towards Loch Striven. This day may be needed as a fallback in case one of the previous days is postponed due to bad weather.
Evening – Dinner/ prizegiving at the Victoria Hotel in Rothesay
Sat 20th June – return to Kip Marina and depart for home, or commence informal second week cruise. I would like to stress the informality of the second week. The exact arrangements will be decided by the participants at the time, however some possibilities are:
- A passage through the Crinan Canal to Gigha and Iona, return to Kip via Crinan or Mull of Kintyre
- A passage through the Crinan to Oban, returning to Kip Marina by train on the 25th to collect cars and trailers, drive to Oban to collect boats.
- A cruise round Loch Fyne area and south to Arran.
Registrations are now open. Here is the booking form with costs, in a choice of formats
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