Day 20 – Dunstaffnage to Craobh Haven

Over a year has elapsed. Papillon has sat patiently at the marina in Dunstaffnage waiting for new owner. Just one person looked at her in a year and after much deliberation I decided to continue my trip.

I drove up to Oban with my wife Pam in unbelievably good weather. Temperatures in the high twenties for day after day and very light winds. We had a couple of days in a hotel in Oban while the boatyard prepared Papillon for re-launching. She went in yesterday and we gave her a good clean and made ready for the trip.

I set off this morning at 8am after saying goodbye to Pam who drove back to our home in Saddleworth.

It was warm and still leaving the marina and it was a fabulous trip down to the marina at Craobh Haven, pronounced Crewve. Passing the island of Kerrera to port and continuing South passed Seil Island and Easdale. At the Southern tip of Seil Island I took Cuan Sound between Seil and Luing and then headed down to the marina. I was given berth B24 and was soon tied up and enjoying lunch on board. The sun is so strong I put the boom tent up to act as a bimini, allowing me to hide in the shade.

Tomorrow it is a longer trip to Port Ellen on the Isle of Islay. Early start at 6am to get the best of the tide.

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