Thursday, May 20, 2021

2021 Round GB Day 33. Loch Ewe to Shieldaig.

Last year going north I skipped going into Loch Torridon as the weather was so dismal, this time I decided to give it a go and to go into the middle section known as Loch Shieldaig.

I left at 07:20 and after motoring out of the Loch I picked up a light breeze that lasted until about 09:30 when it dropped to less than 2 knots so on went the engine to get round Rusha Reidh. The wind came up shortly after and I was able to sail down to Red Point at the entrance to the Loch and a good way into it before the wind went again,.

I went to a very sheltered anchorage off of Shieldaig, close to the shore and behind a heavily wooded island. 

Out came the dinghy for a quick shopping trip and later for a meal at the local hotel, good food, adequate wine but expensive, the later stupidly so. That put a bit of a blight on what was otherwise a pleasant day.

Rubha (Point) Reidh lighthouse.
Even though I was within 10 miles of the centre of repeated
GPS jamming / spoofing trials with a "danger" area of 30 miles I
did not see any effects which must be very local and / or subtle
but this on radar looks suspiciously like jamming or interference
from one of the many grey painted ships in the area.
Approaching the entrance to the middle section of the Loch,
behind the black line with the block showing at the bottom.
I'll put more pics of this impressive entrance in the next post,
although the number may be limited by poor upload speeds,
Moving from Loch Torridon into Loch Shieldaig.
Achilles 9m Sancerre in Loch Shieldaig
Just short of the anchorage, the passage into the upper loch is
just right of centre. it was the 17th May and there were still a few
patches of snow visible.

Achilles 9m Sancerre in Loch Shieldaig
The island side of the anchorage. The isolated rock is part of a
reef blocking passage between the island and mainland to 
another anchorage on the other side.
Achilles 9m Sancerre in Loch Shieldaig

Achilles 9m Sancerre in Loch Shieldaig
The north side of the anchorage.

Achilles 9m Sancerre in Loch Shieldaig
Sancerre from the beach.

33.3 miles over the ground in 7.5 hours.

Slide show of all my pictures from Loch Ewe to Shieldaig, page through by clicking the arrows or click in the centre of the pic to view from Flickr in a new window or full screen:

 2021 Loch Ewe - Loch Shieldaig

Click here for Day 34, Shieldaig to Raasay.

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