1 August 2019 – Oban to the Caledonian Canal

Start position
Oban Marina
Finish position
Corpach Basin
We arrived on board yesterday afternoon, after stopping at Ardfern on the way North. That looks like a good candidate for overwintering.
We’re away in near calm. The key tidal targets are the Corran Narrows and the Corpach sea lock. That means we’re against the tide as we head through the Lynn of Lorn and motoring all the way. Off Port Appin we briefly have 2.5kts against us, but it eases as we head into the more open waters or Loch Linnhe. The tide is still against us at Corran, but we’ve allowed plenty of time. We meet a cruise boat looking for seals and see them in the distance at ‘Black Rock’.
We have been warned that a cruise ship would be entering the canal at 4pm, so had aimed to be ahead of it. We arrive off Corpach in good time, but there isn’t enough water for the sea lock, so we have to wait. That puts the “Lord of the Glens” ahead of us and it’s 16:45 before we’re allowed in. That’s the last lock of the day, so we’re left in Corpach Basin for the night, with the cruise ship and a couple of other yachts.
We walk up the canal to the Lochy Bar for supper.
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