Leaving the canal on Monday afternoon the weather forecast for the next day was iffy and getting worse thereafter and potentially very bad next week, but perhaps OK to get further south to Campbelltown or somewhere on the mainland on Tuesday.
I had hoped to go through the Kyles of Bute but that was not going to work given the weather and the area is very short of good anchorages, there are lots of marinas - but I am allergic to them except when I really, really need a shower or to do the laundry. The medium term forecast shows good weather down south and poor weather up here so I have decided to go south ASAP, probably to N Ireland but going where the wind will take me without excessive motoring or bashing into strong headwinds.
Before deciding on the next leg I went to an anchorage for the night, one which looked to be sheltered from winds a bit west of south.
|Ardmarnock Bay, another small anchorage, a couple of hundred|
yards across in the most sheltered spot, I anchored in 3 metres
of water about a hundred yards out.
|Good protection from the south. A lovely evening once the wind,|
that had been a solid F4 earlier, dropped and it was actually hot!
The next morning the forecast was for southerly winds F4-5 occasionally F6 so going south directly into it did not appeal so I moved a couple of miles south to the marina at Portavadie, a man made inlet originally dug from solid rock as a dry dock for building oil rigs but now a rather swish small resort with a marina.
|Portavadie Restaurant and facilities.|
|Portavadie Visitors berths for larger boats and on the right|
Condo's / let rooms and in the distance the Spa.