Loch Ewe 57:50.03N 05:40.56W
The area of high pressure had arrived and with the barometer
at 1020 we had a flat calm day with no choice but to motor. But the
weather was good and the scenery magnificent -and we even managed a little tide
to help us along. No dolphins today but lots of porpoises, especially as
we went past The Summer Isles.
We finally sorted out some internet access -using a
combination of Peter and Clare's dongle (which didn't work with their SIM card)
and the SIM card from my main mobile - which decided to lock itself up a few
days ago. Not the greatest speed, but free and a lot faster than
Iridium. I'm not having much luck with phones on this trip - as I also left
my old mobile in the rental car - and then had to depart Orkney (tides) before
the garage opened - almost every Orkney business runs from 9am to 5pm.
Maybe my luck is turning, as the garage responded to an email telling me that
the manager had called at the B&B where the car was now rented on his way
to the pub and had found the phone and had it mailed to friends near Oban where
we will be towards the end of next week.
Of all the coastal scenery we have seen today, the best was
coming into Loch Ewe itself. A stunning array of mountains set behind a
beautiful sea loch , islands and the odd sandy beach thrown in for good
measure. We anchored at Camus Alt Eoin Thomais in time for a quick trip
ashore by dingy and a fine sunset.
Coming into Loch Ewe
We were planning to head to Plockton on Saturday, but
discovered that it is the last day of their annual regatta - so picking up a
mooring or even anchoring will be difficult. Instead we plan to head down
the Skye side of Raasay and either anchor or moor behind Scalpay. The Clyde
Cruising Club guide suggests we should be able to get some water and possibly
even top up with fuel at the Skye Boat Centre.