Finally some good weather to climb Ben Nevis from the nord. Afterwards packing up and heading towards home - with detours to the highest peaks along the way for a week - Scafell Pike and Snowdon following in the next article...
After 843 nm we finally reached Inverness, where we are going to leave the boat for the winter. After a week of cleaning and making the boat winter-safe (usually there is some snow) we now have time to explore the higlands on extended hikes.
Exceptionally the first time ahead of time, we are already on the impressiv, almost 200 years old Caledonian Canal, crossing trough the high mountains of Scottland. The canal includes 29 locks over a length of 97km. 1/3 ist man-made, the rest consists of four lakes and the highest elevation ist 32m above sea leve.
Slowly, but continuous we head further up the fiord to Ford William, from where we will cross trough the Caledonian Canal to Inverness - unfortunately already the final destination for this year. But before that we really are looking forward to sail over Loch Ness...
With arriving on Islay we made it to finally Scotland - on the second day we dusted off our bicyces and went of for a tour to the nearest whiskey distelleries. And for the first time this year we met another sailing boat from Switzerland :-)
In the past we had mostly to wait for better winds - here on the northeastern point of Ireland, where strong tidal currents take place we have additionally to pay attention to the right hours for the crossings. But we truly enjoy the time here with great music and locals telling stories from the past.
After longer waiting for good wind (going in the direction of the tide which runs with up to 6 knots) we made it in two legs to the remote Rathlin Island. Fortunately all the calculation for the timing worked out well and only the last few hours we had some tidal-stream against us.
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