Monday, 18 August 2014

Sailing The Crinan Canal


We've just started planning a sailing trip that we mean to take in the next few weeks and whilst looking through some notes I found some fantastic pictures of a trip we took in Scotland a few years back.

Andrew had sailed the boat up to Scotland - single handed from Plymouth - and I joined him & the boat at Troon. We then sailed around Arron & Bute joining the Crinan Canal To cut through to the highlands & Islands further up.

We joined the canal at Ardrishaig - just in time judging by the clouds - but the weather brightened up for our trip through.

I got to operate the locks - they are 15 of them!!!!! Andrew got to steer the boat through!

We spent the night on the Canal at Lochgilphead - where we met up with my Mum & Dad

I now had help with the Locks....Thanks Dad!

And Mum steered the boat - not sure where Andrew is - I'm sure he was there somewhere!

Some of the locks were very deep......

But the views were spectacular

I think I'm complaining about all the hard work I'm doing on this holiday! You can see the abandoned bike I'm using to get from one lock to the next.....

And finally dropping anchor after leaving the Canal at Crinan. And we barbecued some freshly line caught mackeral... so fresh we had only pulled them out of the sea 5 minutes before cooking them!

They were lovelly with some brown bread & butter......