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Majestic and wild Skye!!

01 July 2011 | Inverie to Loch Scavaig; 24nm travelled
skip, no wind
Hi all, well as Doctor John would say, what a night! Party at the Old Forge in Inverie, we splashed out on a meal out, with local venison, and seafood, it was fabulous! Then we nursed a few beers until the band, led by Theo Bard (google him), tuned up, and got the place grooving. The pub was jam packed and a lot of the locals appeared with fiddles, bodhrans, a beat box! and whistles and proceeded to sit in with the band. A proper jam session which was great. Having had a few more beers, we retired to Mark's cockpit on Little Orca via Emerald for a bottle of Speyside malt (Glen Moray) from the whisky locker. This was polished off with great aplomb, though perhpas that was the reason that the crew of Emerald were rather tardy on leaving next morning.

By the time we left little Orca it was starting to get light again and the pub appeared to be still jumpin!

We had planned a long day (isn't that always the way) and headed out of Loch Nevis to round the point of Sleat at the bottom of Skye, the wind filled in a little so we got the sails out (slowly!) and drifted towards the craggy peaks of the Cullin Range. There is a little anchorage right in the head of the Loch and we managed to squeeze our way in, and get the hook to set, in the gusty conditions. It wasn't windy but williwaws roll off the cliffs and can make it rather too exciting, especially after too much whisky the night before. We had intended to stop there for lunch, but we were four hours late (well it was a good party). Therefore we got the dinghy in and Nichola rowed ashore for a quick look around.
We didn't want to stay the night in such an exposed place, so got under way again at 5pm to head off round the west coast of Skye with their high black imposing cliffs, a beautiful but remote part of the world heading towards Loch Harport and the Tallisker Distillery.....don't mention more whisky!

PS photo is of Emerald dwarfed by the small ridge of the Cullins at Loch Scavaig.
Vessel Name: Emerald
Vessel Make/Model: Kelly Peterson 44
Hailing Port: No fixed abode
Crew: Colin 'Skip' Wright, Nichola Wright
About: One from Northern Ireland, one from Yorkshire, UK
Extra: Emerald has been our home since 2004. We've sailed around the UK, the western Baltic and have spent 7 years in the Med. We're currently in Portugal, planning a refit. Lot's more information about us and the boat can be found at www.yachtemerald.com
Home Page: https://www.yachtemerald.com/