Notes about my visit to s/v Detour

I am not a blue water sailor and am rather apprehensive of the water, so in many ways, a trip on a canal and among islands with abundant sea and bird life is just about right for me. And indeed it was — there were so many things to see, and Steph and Brian were…

Crinan to Glasgow

After departing the Crinan Canal, we had a relatively short distance to travel to the heart of Glasgow. But timing was very important; we would be traveling many miles up the River Clyde into Glasgow and the tide affects the flow for the entire distance. No reason to motor against the tide if not necessary.…

Traveling the Crinan Canal

*** Thanks to our Admin, Mark, for sharing his (and Detour’s) experience on the Crinan Canal; fortunately they all made it through without me! *** The most interesting thing about the Crinan Canal is that you operate the locks yourself as you travel through. The Crinan Canal was originally built a few years earlier than the…

Tobermory to Crinan via the Maelstrom

The longest day of the entire trip: 88 miles and close to 13 hours. We departed at 6:51 and arrived at 19:38. We passed islands, and vistas, small towns and famous sights, whales and dolphins and birds, and a maelstrom. Route Map The day before, the weather here would have been unpleasant – today it…

Traveling to Tobermory

We began this journey with a day of firsts; appropriate on the first day of September.  Our first sail without Stephanie, who was back in the USA and would not return until the same day Bruce & I were scheduled to depart.  Also, Detour’s first sail without Stephanie aboard.  Finally, my first time back on salt water…

A Day Trip in Scotland: Falkirk Wheel and the Kelpies

**Thanks to our Admin, Mark, for letting us know how the boys play while Stephanie is away!** Stephanie had an early morning flight back to the USA that required getting up at O’dark-hundred, better known as 4 a.m., in order to drive to the Glasgow airport and arrive with plenty of time. Fortified with coffee…

Inverlochy Castle and Ben Nevis Distillery

Sunday, the 28th of August We had looked at all the different ways for Stephanie to get from Banavie to the Glasgow airport in time for her Tuesday morning flight. Trains, buses and automobiles were the options. We ultimately decided a car rental was the best choice, as we could control the time of departure and…

Invergarry Castle and a loop hike at Loch Lochy

Friday the 26th of August, and Saturday the 27th. Friday morning we had some rainy weather at Fort Augustus, but walked around town for a bit before getting scheduled to ascend the next flight of 5 locks that would take us to Loch Oich and the highest point on the canal. Even with the weather…