Is it too shocking to say, “I’d rather be sailing”, when watching this superb video of a twenty minute, 1500ft altitude ‘cruise’ down the west coast of Scotland on an outrageously perfect day last summer?
Sit in the jump seat as pilot ‘Jaunty17’ takes us from Inverness to the Isle of Islay via the Caledonian Canal system – including Loch Ness and Loch Lochy – Fort William and Ben Nevis, Loch Linnhe, an easterly detour through Oban Bay and the Sound of Kerrera, The Sound of Jura, and a westerly diversion via Loch Tarbert (Jura) to Bunnahabhain Distillery.
As the plane banks to the south at 13mins 30secs, buzzing Ardantrive Bay, Kerrera, look for one of my McNicol Morrison Ltd Yacht’s Shore Agent and Cruise Support clients, the beautiful 40m (130ft) Langan Associates-designed, Alloy Yachts-built ketch, Huckleberry (ex Victoria of Strathearn). She was taking advantage of Oban’s superb combination of shelter and logistics as the base camp for Hebridean yachting adventures.
Aren’t these sailing waters simply mouthwatering? Isn’t it criminal to pass so many wonderful anchorages, including one of the nicest of them all, Puilladobhrain, at the NW tip of Seil Island (13mins 50secs)?
But if you’re droned-out, this video may be the antidote. As the pilot ‘jaunty17’ says:
“Let’s fly the plane!”
[The plane is a Diamond DA42-VI Twin Star. See more of ‘Jaunty17”s videos here.]
~ Iain McAllister ~