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…

Loch Ness

**“Of course the monster is real, I saw her with my own eyes!”** Loch Ness is the largest lake on the Caledonian Canal system, and the largest by volume in the British Isles, thanks to its depth. And even more fun, it’s famous for something that doesn’t exist. We spent two nights on Loch Ness, the second…

Traveling the Caledonian Canal

**Thank you to our Admin, Mark, for contributing this well written account of his travels aboard Detour!** The Caledonian Canal connects the east and west coasts of Scotland from Inverness to Fort William, about 77 miles. It was opened in 1822 after 19 years of construction. It includes 3 lakes, including the famous Loch Ness. It’s geologically…

Hello, Scotland!

Detour had a blazing sail to Scotland, averaging 6.7 knots.  We sailed first with a 15-20 knot northwest wind, followed by a lull which required a bit of motoring, ended with a building southeast, and finally another bit of motoring to bring us into the Moray Firth.  We’d traveled exactly 360nm from Utsira, Norway; total 53 hours…

Goodbye, Norway

Bergen, the bustling city that had greeted us with sunshine and warmth in June, now demonstrated its true colors – wet!  Since we’d been up north, Bergen had set record breaking rainfall at nearly 10 inches recorded during the month of July.  Rain was still pouring down, every day!  We took this opportunity to visit the driest…