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A Rolly, but FREE, Night on a Mooring Buoy in Brodick!

After a few days on a mooring in Lamlash we were keen to see more of Arran, and Brodick seemed like the next obvious stop. Located just 5 nautical miles from Lamlash, Brodick is often referred to as ‘the island’s unofficial capital” and is approximately halfway along the east coast…

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A 1030ft hike up Mullach Mòr on Holy Isle

Holy Island, located off the coast of the Isle of Arran in the Forth of Clyde, offers a stunning backdrop to those anchored or on a mooring buoy in Lamlash Bay. The island is aproximately 3 kilometres long and approximately 1 kilometre wide and its highest point is the hill Mullach…

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Sailing from Campbeltown to Lamlash

Motoring, sailing, motoring, sailing, motoring ….. well it’s an improvement on our first ‘sail’ of the season! After a quick overnight stop in Campbeltown, and with an increasing northwesterly wind due in, we opted to head over to Lamlash on the eastern side of the Isle of Arran. Departing on…

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Changing the Oil on our Yamaha F6CMHS 6hp Outboard

Most sources online, including Yamaha, recommend changing the oil on a 4 stroke outboard every 100 hours, unless the outboard is new in which case it will need an oil change after the first 20 hours. We’ll admit that it has been around 2 years since the oil was last…

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Yachts on Visitors Pontoon, Carrickfergus Marina

Carrickfergus Marina – 2 Nights for the Price of 1 and a BATH!

We love our yacht but one thing it certainly doesn’t have is a bath so imagine our surprise when we rocked up to Carrickfergus Marina to discover it had a lovely bathtub! Carrickfergus is situated on the northern shore of Belfast Lough, in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. One of the…

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Yacht approaching Titanic Quarter in Belfast Lough

Sailing into Belfast

After our day trip to Belfast a few weeks earlier we really wanted to explore the city a bit more so we decided to head up Belfast Lough and make our way into Belfast Harbour Marina which is located between the Titanic Quarter and the SSE Arena. Our Transit up…

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Yacht in fog

A Foggy Sail from Strangford Lough to Bangor!

We spent most of our 7 hour passage from Strangford to Bangor in fog….not what we had intended! Sadly the time had come to leave one of our favourite anchorages ‘Killyleagh’ and head further up the coast of Northern Ireland. But just like when we had planned our arrival into…

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Anchored Yacht

Anchoring at Killyleagh in Strangford Lough – We LOVED this place!

After sailing along the coast from Port Oriel (Clogher Head) we anchored in Strangford Lough, just off of the club moorings belonging to Killyleagh Yacht Club on the western shore of the Lough. Killyleagh is a village in County Down, Northern Ireland and the anchorage here provides good holding in…

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Titanic Quarter and Waterfront

Killyleagh to Belfast Day Trip!

After sailing from Dun Laoghaire via Port Oriel we had arrived in Strangford Lough, anchored just off the moorings at Killyleagh Yacht Club. Leaving our dinghy at the pontoon belonging to the club we hopped on a bus to the Northern Ireland Capital City of Belfast, leaving our boat at…

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Sunrise on yacht in Irish Sea with Mourne Mountains

Port Oriel to Strangford Lough

After nearly getting hit by a fishing boat whilst at anchor at Port Oriel (Clogher Head) we couldn’t wait to raise the hook and get going! And today we’d be heading to Northern Ireland! Strangford Lough was our destination, in particular a spot close to Killyleagh, approximately 7nm inside the…

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Yacht at anchor in Port Oriel, Ireland

Dun Laoghaire to Port Oriel (Clogher Head)

We enjoy a beautiful sail up the coast of Ireland from Dun Laoghaire to Port Oriel where we anchor for the night and nearly get hit by a fishing boat! 😱 Summer 2023 weather is ****! A small window to head north finally presented itself, albeit a very small window…

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