Cuil Bay to Loch Creran

An Oban Canoe Club trip on the ebbing tide. Departing Cuil Bay, via Eilean Balnagowan, the Sound of Shuna, Port Appin to South Shian.  Spring Tide run at 1knt through the Sound of Shuna, 2 knt between Lismore and Port Appin.  Wind over tide conditions can whip up conditions near Port Appin.


The day started promising, cold, a few showers but generally bright with sunshine promising a great day.


First breather at Eilean Balnagowan.


Crossing from Eilean Balnagowan back to the East shore of Loch Linnhe.  A snow capped Beinn a’Bheithir in the background.


Paddling into a headwind, within 30 minutes conditions had soon deteriorated as showers turned to prolonged rain.


Looking down through the Sound of Shuna, Eilean Dubh floated on a mirage above Loch Linnhe.


The headwind eased off. At least the rain was now vertical.


Some spectacular rainbows throughout the day. A very late lunch at Port Appin and a short hop on the now flooding tide into Loch Creran. Egress at South Shian just after sunset.

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Thanks to Gill, Elaine, Rosie, Liz, Mo, Pete, Colin & Stuart who joined me on this trip.

Date : 18 November 2012 – 3 days after Spring Tide.
Oban : HW 08:23 LW 15:00
Entrance to Loch Creran : Ebb 08:08 Flood 14:23
Max Speed : 8.8Km/h
Trip Odom : 20.4 Km
Moving Time : 4h 42min
Moving Average 4.3Km/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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2 Responses to Cuil Bay to Loch Creran

  1. Traci says:

    Love the amazing photos with the rainbows.

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