Life at the end of the road

November 30, 2011

Mull of Kintyre, here we come :-)

Filed under: boats, daily doings, food — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 11:17 pm

Well I made it, after a night at my parents and a 6:00am start I’m finally back aboard the MV Loch Striven for the first time in three weeks. The weather is cr4p, the internet connection worse and I’m about to turn in as we’ve an early start tomorrow 🙂

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I’ve had to reduce the file size to try and post these 😦

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It’s a busy little port here with both the MV Isle of Mull and MV Eigg making regular visits.

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Here’s the old ‘Island class’ Eigg arriving at the slip on the second of her four sailings a day to the small island of Lismore in Loch Linnhe.

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The clam dredger ‘Star of Jura’ discharging scallops by the ice factory just ahead of us

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and the MV Pole Star at the Northern Lighthouse Boards pier nearby.

The day was spent doing routine stuff, finishing the monthly maintenance and getting ready for tomorrow’s date with the Mull of Kintyre.



Though, unlike Paul McCartney most mariners are glad to see the back of it 🙂 Apologies if the video is carp but I can’t watch it on this connection 🙂 It may look lovely but it’s strong tides and exposed location mean it needs treating with respect.

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Anyway after a ‘hard day at the office’ the rest of the crew went to Tesco for store and I wandered along the high street to get us all an excellent Indian takeaway from the ‘Taj Mahal’ on George St and I can wholeheartedly agree that it is the best in Oban 🙂


  1. good luck with the mull ,i have to bring my catamaran (orca) around the mull at the end of the season to be lifted out at fairlie,always a stressfull time ,though no doubt the loch striven doesnt have to wait for the tide,

    Comment by steve grycuk — December 1, 2011 @ 9:37 am

    • Hi Steve, always better to catch the tide at ‘the Mull’ and far less ‘rock and roll’ under sail 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — December 2, 2011 @ 10:50 pm

  2. Wave to Ailsa Craig and the Paps of Jura for me on your way round to Bute, my best days out on the hills have been there this year.

    Comment by Simon — December 1, 2011 @ 12:45 pm

  3. Former Radio 1 presenters Mark & Lard produced a doctored version of “Mull of Kintyre” that possibly puts the mariners perspective into the song.Song can be found on Youtube.Good luck.


    Comment by Andy — December 1, 2011 @ 12:56 pm

  4. Always meant to visit Lismore. My mother and her siblings and parents spent many a holiday there when she was young. They loved it. All now gone and I’ve no idea why they always holidayed there. Have to visit myself sometime.

    Comment by Iain — December 1, 2011 @ 3:39 pm

    • Hi Iain, with a free pass on the ferries I should really visit more of the islands myself, been promising to do it for years but just keep getting distracted 😦

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — December 2, 2011 @ 10:53 pm

  5. Somebody is very mixed up about the Mull of Kintyre in that video, since there is a shot of the multicolourifrous buildings on the harbour-front at Tobermory!

    Comment by Phil Cook — December 1, 2011 @ 5:25 pm

    • Sounds about right Phil 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — December 2, 2011 @ 10:54 pm

  6. What’s taking you so long to get here! 😉

    Comment by Zak — December 2, 2011 @ 12:20 am

    • Here at last Zak, tucked up in the Vic 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — December 2, 2011 @ 10:54 pm

  7. Hi Paul,

    I too can vouch for the Taj Mahal, great food & service. Did you spot the old ‘standard’ brass divers helmet in the shop opposite? I spent hours polishing that thing to perfection when i did a stint with a certain Oban based diving school 😦

    Hope it’s warmer in Bute than it is back here on Skye, very chilly tonight….

    All the best,


    Comment by Rich — December 2, 2011 @ 2:13 am

    • Hi Rich, chilly here too, there’s also a Taj Mahal in Campbeltown I noticed last night, wonder if they’re related 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — December 2, 2011 @ 11:20 pm

  8. Say hello to the crew on the Lochranza if passing through the Sound of Gigha who are struggling with the weather and the builders at Tayinloan widening the slipway for the Council (and maybe a hybrid ferry one day).


    Comment by alan macdonald — December 2, 2011 @ 4:38 pm

    • Hi Alan,

      missed the sound of Gigha and MV Lochranza 😦

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — December 2, 2011 @ 11:22 pm

  9. Hiya Paul,
    I’m sorry I didn’t get to catch up with you whilst you were down here – it would have made a change to see you here rather than on the slip at Sconser! Glad the Taj Mahal was good to you – was the food ok or was it a bit of parsley overkill?
    I’m back to Skye in the next few weeks so I’ll keep my eye out for you, and the Loch Striven 🙂

    Comment by Dan Penketh — December 2, 2011 @ 6:58 pm

    • Hi Dan, that will probably be coriander and not parsley, and yes you’re right there was a lot of it but that’s OK cos I’m a fan 🙂 You really must try a plate full of butter beans and coriander for breakfast, something that a half Egyptian friend with a Cuban wife once fed me, awesome 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — December 2, 2011 @ 11:26 pm

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