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Hi, I just returned from a walking trip in Skye and the road back followed part of the great glen in Scotland. The great glen looks like a good place for a nice quiet sailing holiday. I want to keep it cheap and I don't have loads of experience in anything more than a dinghy. I'm thinking of renting a large dinghy for a week, keeping all my stuff in waterproof bags and camping on the shore at night.
  • Have any of you done this before? What's it like?
  • Is fishing good in that area?
  • Does anyone know where I can rent a dinghy for a week and then have it picked up again when I finish? I know there are companies that offer this for kayaks or canoes (which is my other option) but what about a dinghy?

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GREETINGS EARTHLING What you need is a Wayfairer read the book by Dag Pyne who sailed on of these all aver the North Sea Loads of sound information and great practical instruction on preperation. AS ALWAYS GO SAFE
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Re: Sailing Scotlands Great Glen in a dingy

Alas - welcome to SN dude.

I'm in Texas so I have no idea. But I will say your plan sounds like a seriously cool adventure. Make it happen brother! And take pics!
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Re: Sailing Scotlands Great Glen in a dingy

I don't know where to rent the dinghy.

Do a search for "sail and oar" to see how others do this type of adventure in smaller boats. Having once been a more active kayaker I'm interested in this style of sailing since it is a nice combo of the two.
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GREETINGS EARTHLING What you need is a Wayfairer read the book by Dag Pyne who sailed on of these all aver the North Sea Loads of sound information and great practical instruction on preperation. AS ALWAYS GO SAFE
yes,Wayfarer- that's the dinghy I've been trying to remember the name of all evening. I could picture it but I just couldn't think what it's called. Perfect for my brother and I to use.
What book are you talking about- link?
Yes, I always like to stay safe while having fun.
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Re: Sailing Scotlands Great Glen in a dingy

I happened to be viewing a doco on Scotland last evening that showcased the Glen. Presuming that there are boat places you could launch from then what a fabulous wee cruise that would make. You'd want to rug up though. From what I saw it is a very popular spot in summer and bloody cold in winter.

Wayfarer would be fine but I wonder if you could hire a Drascombe ?



Bit more space than a Wayfarer. You can also rig a boom tent and kip on board in a pinch, if the weather turns really foul.
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Re: Sailing Scotlands Great Glen in a dingy

I am sooooo jealous.
It was a plan that Spike and I would go to Scotland and just pub crawl.
Can't do that now.
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Re: Sailing Scotlands Great Glen in a dingy

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Hi, I just returned from a walking trip in Skye and the road back followed part of the great glen in Scotland. The great glen looks like a good place for a nice quiet sailing holiday. I want to keep it cheap and I don't have loads of experience in anything more than a dinghy. I'm thinking of renting a large dinghy for a week, keeping all my stuff in waterproof bags and camping on the shore at night.



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I wish I could help. I only want to say we made our first trip to Isle of Sky last month and we were overwhelmed by how beautiful it is, especially to the sailors eyes. If you go, bring us back some photos.

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I wish I could help. I only want to say we made our first trip to Isle of Sky last month and we were overwhelmed by how beautiful it is, especially to the sailors eyes. If you go, bring us back some photos.
Wow that's a nice photo! I've set it as my desktop background. Scotland is a nice place, especially Skye. I would like to go back there some time.
I think that the trip to the great glen will have to wait till next year, but yes, I'll get some photos.
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Have you thought of buying a cheap 20' with a small cabin and then selling it when you were done? Not sure of the availability, but here (Pacific NW) you can pick them up for under $1000 USD. Even if you sell it at a substantial loss to unload it quickly it will probably be more boat for less overall $$ than a dingy rental.
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