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This is the blog of Maunie of Ardwall. After a six-year adventure sailing from Dartmouth to Australia, we are now back in Britain.

Monday, 7 June 2021

A new playground

The Outer Hebrides is a new cruising ground for us and it seems like a wild and beautiful area. We'll have a week or so (weather permitting) to head up the more sheltered eastern side of the island chain then do a clockwise circuit back to the mainland, down the narrow Kyles on the east side of Skye and then back southwards towards home.

Lochboisdale has an unlikely-looking, relatively new yacht marina (also home to some massive workboats for the salmon farms nearby) and is the ferry port for South Uist. There's a hotel, a gift shop and a cafe, and that's pretty much it! The marina is fairly industrial-looking but the hillside opposite is rugged and imposing.

The marina was created by building a new stone causeway and road

The ferry for Mallaig leaves at 06.40 every day and returns, to moor overnight, in the early evening.

The morning ferry departure. Maunie and Bravo are the boats on the nearest marina pontoons

We'll take the bus to the nearest Co-op (about 4 miles away) this morning as shopping opportunities, as we head north, might be few and far between. The long-term forecast suggests fairly settled southerly winds, with a bit of a wild and windy day on Thursday, so we'll find some remote anchorages. Likely to be no mobile phone signal, however, so we'll update the blog when we can, probably in a few days' time. 

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