25 June 2016

Escapade of Rame
Richard & Julie Farrington
Sun 26 Jun 2016 21:32
Early risers again to catch the northbound tide from Jura up to Oban.  No wind to speak of though and some dastardly fogbanks to keep us alert...
The fog lifted to give us a glimpse of the Gulf of Corryvreckan in a benign Saturday morning mood as we finally found Radio 4 and listened to the analysis of the momentous EU Leave Referendum result.  We’d heard about it in Loch Tarbert via a Gaelic radio station, but as we moved north, so civilisation has returned!  Can’t quite believe it...
 
The sun came out as we made our way north and we enjoyed some fine scenery on the way into the Sound of Kerrera and finally into Oban Marina.  Not the most effusive welcome from an overworked manageress and most importantly, no fuel.  So after a reviving cuppa we motored round to Dunstaffnage Marina.  Modern, full, busy and efficient, they sold us 200 litres of diesel and a berth on the outside pontoon.  They were a little bemused to learn that we did not need electricity...
 
Hungarian taxi driver took us into the fleshpots of Oban where we enjoyed a fine fish supper at the Waterfront Fishouse Restaurant, watching the sun set over the harbour.  56:27:1N 5:25:8W
 
Sunday morning did some schoolwork in steady softing rain before retracing our steps to a 50 tonne mooring buoy off Oban Marina.  Some tactical charming of the manageress seems to have paid off, so we took the dinghy across the harbour and liberated the Jaguar from three weeks marooned at the Leisure centre.  Started first time... and we made a short excursion via Tescos (Scottish Sunday opening hours are different) and then south to the slate islands and the village of Easdale.  Interesting industrial archaeology now masquerading as holiday rentals – and a decent little pub.
 
May have to return by sea...