The island of Kerrera forms a natural breakwater and the Western limits of Oban harbour.  Lying roughly SW-NE it’s a little over 7Km long by 3Km wide. Notable for it’s parrot sanctuary, the 16th Century Gylen Castle and the now annual Oban sea kayak race.

I’d tried to circumnavigate the island back in February but (not surprisingly) the weather had the final say with F6 Southerly winds forcing us to turn around at Port Phàdruig.

Over the Easter break the winds were light, but overcast skies stayed with us for the whole day and unfortunately didn’t make for good photo opportunities…  We’ve had a brief glimpse of Summer here in the highlands, but Winter’s still lingering on the side-lines.

We did the circumnavigation of Kerrera anti-clockwise launching from Ganavan Bay (£2 parking / day) .

Port Dubh on the South of the island.


Entering the Sound of Kerrera from the South.


Wreck  in Ardantrive Bay at the North of the island.


Avoiding the MV Clansman as she leaves Oban harbour. Departure and Arrival of the ferry is announced on VHF Ch16 beforehand – giving you time to get out of the way…


Lismore ferry, MV Eigg, passing through the North channel.


The route from Ganavan Bay.


April 7th 2012
Oban – HW 06:46 BST –  LW 13:12 BST  – HW 17:06 BST
Total Distance – 24.5 Km
Moving Time – 04:51
Moving Average – 5.1 Km/h


About Andy Harpur

Interests : The Scottish Highlands, The Pennine Alps, The Milky Way, Abbot Ale, Mountaineering, Climbing, Mountain Biking, Canoeing, Sea Kayaking, Astronomy, Guitar, Penny Whistle. I live and breath for the outdoor lifestyle. New places, new faces, new adventures....
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