Royal Visit

The 294 metre MS Queen Victoria arrived in Oban recently. It was incredible to see a vessel that size anchored off Kerrera. Over 2,000 passengers and some of the 900 crew came ashore. She is 50 metres longer than the Glensanda bulk carrier Yeoman Bridge that is often seen towards Lismore. The Coastal Connection team were delighted to work with Cunard Line taking their guests out to see local sights and wildlife. The weather was ideal for her visit.

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Hebridean Transfer

On Thursday evening Cameron was asked to transfer a guest to the luxury ship Hebridean Princess. The passenger was delayed so couldn’t make the scheduled departure. Cameron rendezvoused with the ship at Bunessan as she anchored for the night. As the winds freshened from the SE Cameron decided to head north round Mull. A wee bit longer but a smoother run. Journey time was 4.5 hours to complete the transfer and circumnavigate Mull.

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In The Nick of Time

Struan had a private charter for the day, departing from Oban and heading towards Coll. He soon found out the guests had lunch booked in Tobermory for 1230. They were very keen to see a whale too. With Struan’s knowledge and a fair bit of luck he manged to get a Minke half way to Coll. The weather was ideal for being on the water and for spotting wildlife. After a lovely lunch they headed back down the sound seeing eagles on the way.

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MOWI

Struan had a corporate trip out with the largest salmon farm producers in the world, MOWI. They departed from Oban and shot all the way to Rum to see the new development on the island and the farm. The next stop was the Muck site. They stayed at the outstanding Gallanach Lodge on the island. After a great night and some amazing food they headed west of Mull. A stop for lunch and a quick look at Staffa before visiting the Colonsay site. The weather luckily was on their side. Incredible the technology and investment seen at farms and on the islands.

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Sun, Sea & Sand

The epic weather has produced some amazing charters. The boys have been nipping about all over the coast and islands. Cameron had a smooth run along the Ross of Mull exploring the bays and spotting wildlife. As always they stopped at Iona for a wander. On another hot day he had returning customers from the last 4 years. This time they left Mull to visit Lismore and then onto the Garvellachs. For lunch they popped to Colonsay then dropped off in Port Askaig. Always an interesting day out on the water. 

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Ncn'ean Whisky

A week or so ago Cameron had an American couple out on a new trail. He headed to Salen in Loch Sunart to pick up the guests. The sea could not have calmer as they cruised to Tobermory for a wander. Next…they dashed across the sound to Drimnin. They all popped up to Ncn’ean Organic Whisky Distillery for a tour and lunch. An incredible set up and a very informative tour. Set in an epic location looking over the sound of Mull. Then they powered down the sound spotting eagles, seals and passed Lismore Lighthouse where they ended in Port Appin. Ncn’ean is well worth a visit.

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Duart Dolphins

On the regular 2hr Castle & Wildlife trip from Oban the guests were in for a surprise. As Cameron was chatting about the history of Duart castle a common dolphin popped up. Then, further into the bay, there were about 10 dolphins cruising about. They came in for a bow ride and played next to the boat.  Bottlenose are more likely to be seen but strange for the commons to be in such shallow sheltered waters. Usually in deeper water out west and north of Mull. It was amazing to see them. A sea eagle toped off the trip.

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