Dublin to Oban. Cruising the Hebrides

After studying the weather in Dublin, we decided that what we really should do was make a dash up the Irish Sea and around the Mull of Kintyre before the wind settled itself in the North West.

31 hours later after a brisk and bumpy sail in SW 5-7 perhaps 8 we anchored in Craighouse in Jura. The North west wind came as promised giving us a lovely beam reach along the coast to Port Ellen. This week was Islay festival week and by huge co-incidence it was Laphroaigs open day. We spent the morning ashore and returned to the boat ready to catch the evening tide through the Sound of Islay

The tide sluiced us through at a max speed of 10 knots and we anchored late at night in West Loch Tarbert. Next day it was off to the sound of Mull and a peaceful anchorage in Loch Aline before ending the week in Dunstaffnage. 288 miles later time to settle down to a game and a whiskey! Pity its a bit blurred. The game is Carcassonne and Jen (on the left) won.