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CELTIC NATIONS CRUISE ITINERARY

1ST TO 7TH JULY 2017, 235 NAUTICAL MILES

A really great opportunity to see some of our fabulous west coast and visit four of the Celtic Nations. The aim of the cruise is to both cover some miles whilst still enjoying some of the famous Celtic Cruising hospitality. You can access the full colour version of the itinerary from here, or just check the outline below

FRIDAY EVENING - 1830 HOURS, ALL JOIN IN DEGANWY FOR DINNER AND A GLASS OR TWO

SATURDAY 1ST JULY: DEGANWY TO PORT ERRIN

High water Deganwy 0510 - Distance approx. 60nm Breakfast and early start off to Isle of Man aiming for Port Erin (or Port St Mary if weather is not suitable), passage should take approx. 9 hours. So depart 0730 arrive 5ish. Anchor for the night, pop ashore for a pint of best IOM beer (possibly 2?) then back onto Celtic Star for dinner

SUNDAY 2ND JULY: PORT ERIN TO GLENARM, COUNTY ANTRIM Distance 67nm

Depart Port Erin 0700 for Glenarm, County Antrim Northern Ireland. Passage should take 9 - 10 hours. Arrive Glenarm 5ish in time for pint (possibly2?), then back to Celtic Star for dinner

MONDAY 3RD JULY: GLENARM TO CAMPBELTOWN, MULL OF KYNTYRE Distance 36

Reasonable early start from Glenarm aiming to arrive Campbeltown early afternoon. Distillery visit. Campbeltown's Springbank distillery is the oldest family owned distillery in Scotland and still makes its whisky in the traditional way. From malting their own to bottling every process is on site in Campbeltown. It also very good whisky!!

TUESDAY 4TH JULY: CAMPBELTOWN TO LOCHRANZA ARRAN 1350 Distance 22nm

A shorter sail up Kilbrannan Sound to the delightful Lochranza on the North of Arran, should be anchored by early afternoon. Run ashore to visit the Arran Distillery, the newest distillery in Scotland and very much a contrast to Sprinbank, with some of the newest techniques and a Sauterne barrel matured 12 year old that is very palatable!!

WEDNESDAY 5TH JULY: GOAT FELL ARRAN

Height 836m. Walk length 8km, Approximate duration 4-6hours It seems a shame to come to Arran and not climb Goatfell. So those keen take the bus from Lochranza to Corrie and take the less touristy route to the top of Arrans Highest peak. See walk and route detail at the end of the itinerary. Then taxi or bus back to Celtic Star for a hearty dinner. Those not so keen on walking can explore the area around Loch Ranza.

THURSDAY 6TH JULY: LOCRANZA TO TARBERT, LOCH FYNE Distance 12nm

You can't go to the Clyde without having seafood so today is a chance to sample some of the delights available. Leisurely start then short sail to Tarbert, arriving lunch timeish, a chance to get ashore to see the castle, then dinner at the renowned Starfish Restaurant.

FRIDAY 7TH JULY: TARBERT TO GREENOCK VIA KYLES OF BUTE Distance 35nm

The Byles of Bute are arguable one of the world's most scenic waterways, so we will get away from Tarbert reasonable early and spend the day making our way around the Kyles then up the Clyde to Greenock, getting in mid afternoon, then its pack your bags and wish us fair winds until the next time.

CRUISE SUMMARY

DAYDEPARTARRIVEDISTANCE
SATURDAYDeganwyIOM60nm
SUNDAYIOMGlenarm67 nm
MONDAYGlenarmCampbeltown36nm
TUESDAYCampbeltownLochranza - Arran22nm
WEDNESDAYGoatfell - Day Walking
THURSDAYLoch RanzaTarbert12nm
FRIDAY Tarbert Greenock 35nm
TOTAL 232nm