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2014 Schedule Update

September Sally Up the Cally 30th August to 5th September

Following our "April Sally up the Cally" announced at short notice a couple of years ago, many regular Corryvreckaners have said that they would like to do the Caledonian Canal on Corryvreckan. We have been trying to work out how to offer this, an opportunity has arisen for a "September Sally up the Cally" in the week of Saturday 30th August to Friday 5th September.

The Caledonian Canal is an interesting trip in tranquil scenery that includes Fort William, Ben Nevis, Fort Augustus and Loch Ness travelling up the Great Glen lochs connected by canals, locks. The opportunities for sailing will be limited but we would hope to enjoy the tranquil scenery and the experience of life on one of Telford's engineering masterpieces of yesteryear. The main deckwork aboard will be handling the mooring ropes as we go through the various locks. The gates themselves are managed by canal staff so there is no heavy working of lock gates required.

I have checked with the Canal management and they have confirmed that the canal will be available, barring unscheduled breakdowns, so if there is sufficient interest in the project we will schedule the trip.

Basic Logistics are to leave Oban on the morning of the 30th August at 10:30 and travel up to Corpach entering the canal that evening around 17:00 and then travel as far up the canal as possible in the time available ensuring we return to Oban by Friday Sept 5th at 12:00. So to join the trip in Oban you will need to be in a position to catch the 10:10 ferry from the North Pier ready for a prompt departure. Alternatively you can join the ship at Corpach just outside Fort William at any convenient time up to our departure from Corpach which will be around 09:00 in the morning of Sunday 31st. There are good rail connections to Fort William and the Station at Corpach is right at the sea loch so getting there on Saturday evening will be easy (e.g. the train leaving Glasgow Queens street at 12:21 gets to Corpach at 16:30 and the 18:21 arrives 22:25). We will manage matters so that we leave the canal on the morning of September 4th and return to Oban by 12:00 on the 5th. This will give us 4 days in the Canal and subject to canal traffic we would expect to get beyond Fort Augustus to sail Loch Ness before returning.

The cost for the cruise will be 865 per person and one night will be a dinner ashore at the floating Eagle Barge at Laggan on on September 2nd, this will be at your own expense, otherwise the fee for using the canal and moorings as well as the fuel and all other expenses are covered and meals will be taken aboard in the usual way.

We are sending this notice to our Corryvreckan email list and will be pleased to hear from anyone interested in booking the trip as soon as possible. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis and the trip will be confirmed as soon as we have a minimum of four persons booked. Last time we had an opportunity like this, demand was very strong so please respond as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

2014 Season the best ever?

The 2014 season has been exceptional with the hottest Scottish Summer almost since records began.

We have visited St Kilda three times this season which is a definite record for us and we have now figured out how best to achieve a Caledonian Canal visit (see alongside)