23 June 2017 | Cambeltown
22 June 2017 | Port Ellen Islay
21 June 2017 | Port Ellen Islay
14 June 2017 | Laggan Lock
12 June 2017 | Caledonian Canal
10 June 2017 | Inverness Marina
20 July 2017
Left the rather odd town of Ardglass this morning (everything seemed to be closed and very few people about) and sailed to Howth Yacht Club Marina,outside Dublin. Ah ... Dublin, the city of Joyce, Donleavy, and Behan, I shall drink to their memory tomorrow , they gave me so much pleasure, and I think uncertainty, about life , when I was younger. Today we endured some really heavy rain , high winds, hot sun, and no wind- all in the course of a usual day at sea in Ireland. Have eaten well in the yacht club, now time for a night cap and sleep. Please note picture of accompanying porpoises, not easy to catch with a still camera.
Day 62 Ardglass
19 July 2017
Weatherbound - again.... we are setting out today to discover Ardglass! It's not such a ghost town, it's just that we arrived on a Tuesday, and everything, and I mean everything, is shut in Ardglass on a Tuesday! Watch this space.
18 July 2017
Left the delightful town of Bangor this morning with some foreboding about shipping forecast, predicting strong winds, but in the event had a lovely sail down to Ardglass in great weather. Tomorrow with same awful predictions - Dublin, some 60 miles away so we shall leave early. Ardglass a bit of a ghost town, no pubs open which serve food, restaurants closed , and highly recommended golf club being refurbished! Fish and chip shop open and very busy - good fish and enough chips to feed six. Dublin will be different!
Day 60 Bangor Northern Ireland
17 July 2017 | Bangor
Back to work! After six weeks very enjoyable weeks in Scotland I am sad to leave. It is the longest time I have been here since 1983 when I left to find fame and fortune in London. I didn't find fame, but found fortune in my wonderful family and friends. However we must continue , and today we left Troon at 7am, and found a horrible lumpy sea, with a wind straight on the "nose". We motored through this , the sun came out, and it has turned out to be a lovely day. Arriving at Bangor about 6.30, we were able to sit out in the cockpit and have a drink, - things are getting better!
Tomorrow Ardglass, the picture shows Alisa Craig disappearing, as we enter the North Channel of the Irish Sea.
Day 46 Port Bannatyne
03 July 2017
Daughter Davina and friend Alan arrived for long weekend so we sailed today to the Island of Bute from Troon, today being the first day we could have safely left the harbour!. It was fairly tough going initially with headwind and quite a big swell, but when we turned up North , along the east side of Bute, we had a great sail. Tonight we are experiencing the "Scottish Honky Tonk Pub", which is apparently run by an American from the South, and is famous for its ' southern fried Scottish cuisine" - we shall see......
Day 41 Troon
28 June 2017 | Troon
So again because of weather, we have had to curtail some of our more picturesque wanderings, and bash into a strong wind and sea from Tarbet to Troon- gales and heavy rain forecast for the next two days. We are now taking a break for two weeks, and will resume our journey south then. Thank you all who have supported our blog here and on Facebook.