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2015-11-05 15:38:51
Sea trip from Cushendall to Jura/ Islay, Dec
Sea trip from Cushendall to Jura/ Islay, Dec 5th/6th
The following information is being provided for any that might be interested, without any recommendation.

Details and Provisos: All costs and arrangements (transport to and from Cushendall, vessel charter cost per head see below, accommodation, food etc) would have to be borne by each individual/group using their own initiative and research....no package deals offered with this shout-out unfortunately...there are plenty of hotel accommodations and cost efficient self-catering options-mainly on Islay however- for small groups. There is also good provision of B & B's and a few serviced/non-serviced camping locations on both Islay and Jura to cover a fair range of budgets and the hardier souls.

Schedule: Weather permitting, depart Cushendall early on Saturday 5th December depending on tides (will be roughly mid tides then) and returning late-ish on Sunday afternoon. Fully coded vessel (Red Bay Storm Force 8m, fully covered RIB - fast/powerful twin engine passenger vessel) with Red Bay Powerboating.

Costs: £650 for sea travel component to be split pro rata between passengers towards running costs, availability envisaged for 5-7 people which works out quite reasonably for the return trip (spaces limited as per vessel allowances, there may be 3 other passengers who've agreed to join and walk Beinn an Oirr and Beinn Shiantaidh).

Passage time across to Islay/Jura taking approx. 1.5hrs.
Advised to contact Charles Stewart at Red Bay Powerboating (details below) for further info on cost, times etc.

Weather permitting there should be ample time available on Saturday 5th or very early Sunday morning to tackle the Paps, maybe enough time thereafter to visit a distillery if open to public and pick up a Christmas bottle of cheer etc.

Your group members may already have experience of getting around on Islay/Jura so apologies if the following short info is redundant...

Jura (Feolin) is well serviced by local transport services and a ferry to the north of Islay at Port Askaig, with timetabled ferry running at frequent intervals between both islands every day. Good fitness levels advised for trek and climbs. The Paps can be approached from the north of Jura, involving a long trek somewhere between Feolin and Craighouse, or from Craighouse to the south offering a shorter trek of roughly 3 miles. Craighouse is about 8 miles from the ferry at Feolin.

There's no set route planned for the Paps, each to his/her own. Common sense dictates that adults should have good general levels of fitness and ability for trekking/climbing, They can naturally go as individuals for solo efforts, or in small groups provided they employ their group democracy, have appropriate weather gear and adhere to good safety practices throughout. There will be plenty of scree on any of the Paps and slippery slope faces here and there to negotiate if routes aren't given due consideration. Presenting in good time for departure and return sea voyages goes without saying.

Please do not hesitate to contact me on 00353 872462022 for any discussion on basic outline details.
Charles Stewart, Principal and owner of Red Bay Powerboating is the man to talk to for vessel information and about taking bicycles etc.

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