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PostSubject: Skye Lark: All Aboard The Star   Sun Jul 17, 2016 2:07 am

Skye Lark: All Aboard The Star

Part One

It's been about 5 years since I worked on Skye and I've been longing to get back up there ever since.

This time Tina and Jake joined me



on a road trip up through Glen Coe,
a crack of dawn drive along Glen Nevis to a thunderous waterfall


a well worth it detour to Plockton




and then over the bridge to Skye


We went equipped with travel rods for Salmon, beach casting and spinning but the Kodak moments were so many fishing looked like taking a back seat




Skye is breathtaking, full of giants, fairy glens and campervans















no one could possibly be grumpy on Skye! in fact George turned out to be in good humour!


By mid week we'd circled the North of Skye and arrived in Isleornsay in the South East

We had a chance meeting in one of the very few shops with a retired coastguard and ex RNLI crew member who pointed out that this rock looks like a battle ship




We'd booked for a couple of nights at the Rowanbank B&B




With the fishing gear still dry, trying for the herring shoaling around the ferry terminal at Armadale looked like being the last chance to fish and we asked at our B&B where we might get something to tip the sabiki rigs;


Then the Skye Fairies sprinkled some magic dust; it turned out that our hosts Angie and Gordon had spent 20 years restoring a ninety year old 40 foot Isle of Lewis drifter that had been languishing in Grimsby before sailing it up via the Caledonian Canal and it was moored in the bay.

" Star" isn't actually available for charter but we were highly privileged to be invited to join Gordon and friends Dennis and Ralph for an afternoon feathering on the drift and with Angie dog-sitting Jake for us we jumped at the chance!

Gordon met us at the quay and took us out in the tender


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PostSubject: Re: Skye Lark: All Aboard The Star   Sun Jul 17, 2016 2:25 am

Part Two






Amazing restoration job on this 90 year old vessel

Out into the Sound of Sleat with a view back to Isleornsay and out to the Knoydart Peninsula





Dennis was straight in to the Mackerel with a string of 3 then 4 then 5



Tina was loving it















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PostSubject: Re: Skye Lark: All Aboard The Star   Sun Jul 17, 2016 2:41 am

Part three

With depths of 35 to 100 foot plus I tried with tiger prawn and Mackie strip for something else



but apart from a crab it was only Mackerel showing on feathers today











What a cracking finale to our road trip and a huge, huge thank you to Gordon and Angie, Dennis and Ralph.



Next morning as we caught the ferry to Mallaig ( unbelievable value at £15 including the car) we were still grinning and vowed to return



Link to Rowanbank, highly recommended, if you are staying on Skye it's gotta be Gordon's ( and Angies! )

http://rowanbankholidays.com
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PostSubject: Re: Skye Lark: All Aboard The Star   Sun Jul 17, 2016 3:09 am

Top job paul some cracking photos there looks like you had a great time one place ive never been myself
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PostSubject: Re: Skye Lark: All Aboard The Star   Sun Jul 17, 2016 5:42 am

Great report and pictures Paul, I was there 4 years ago, and hope to get there again in September, a different world.
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PostSubject: Re: Skye Lark: All Aboard The Star   Sun Jul 17, 2016 8:11 am

Looks as though you had a stoatin wee time cheers
Brilliant photos, stunning scenery Cool

Top report Very Happy thumbs up

Plenty of crates in those first pics for Musselman too Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: Skye Lark: All Aboard The Star   Sun Jul 17, 2016 10:56 am

good report great pictures ad loads of information glad you x3 enjoyed it
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PostSubject: Re: Skye Lark: All Aboard The Star   Sun Jul 17, 2016 3:01 pm

Great report and pictures Paul what a lovely place and everyone so friendly. cheers
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PostSubject: Re: Skye Lark: All Aboard The Star   Sun Jul 17, 2016 4:45 pm

Great stuff Paul.

Looks lovely.
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PostSubject: Re: Skye Lark: All Aboard The Star   Sun Jul 17, 2016 5:30 pm

Stunning pic's paul and a cracking report well done mate cheers

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PostSubject: Re: Skye Lark: All Aboard The Star   Sun Jul 17, 2016 6:17 pm

Great report and pics Paul, looks like you all had a great time
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PostSubject: Re: Skye Lark: All Aboard The Star   Thu Jul 21, 2016 10:24 pm

great set of pics Paul and well done on the mackerel fish fish bye
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