August 20, 2021
Author:
Nicola Douglas

Great Scottish Odyssey: Isle of Mull, August 2021

Our five day Great Scottish Odyssey expedition gives our crew the chance to explore the Isle of Mull in a unique manner. Mixing long day rows and one overnight row with wild camping, this is a wonderful way of seeing Scotland at it's best.

Day 1

The crew set out from Oban at 11.00 on Sunday 22nd August, rowing in a clockwise direction. After a great first day's row in tough seas but beautiful blue sky conditions, the crew anchored up in Uisken Bay on the south western tip of the island. The yurt was ready waiting for them, perched on a grassy knoll overlooking the beach with fresh fruit and beer at the ready.

Some of our Scottish Odyssey crew in Oban before departure
Safety Briefing
Harness demo
Leaving the port of Oban
A chilled cabin moment
Base camp set up and ready for the rower's arrival with a plentiful supply of beer and fresh fruit
Anchored up in Uisken Bay
Beers on the beach

Day 2

The crew awoke to a herd of furry friends on the beach in front of the yurt! Roxy left Uisken Bay at 09.00 as the fog started to lift. The rowed around the south western tip of the Isle of Mull, past Iona on their left and on up to Fingal's Cave where they enjoyed a swim. The next stop was the small jetty by the Isle of Ulva foot ferry where the yurt again awaiting them for their 2nd night.

Woolly friends surrounding the yurt in the early morning mist
Enjoying a dip in the cold waters
Hard on the oars
Fingal's Cave
Sunset at the Ulva foot ferry jetty
Roxy harnesses lined up after a long day's rowing
Wild camping spot for Day 2 - "It's like one big campout!"
Sunset from the yurt

Day 3

The crew set off early on Day 3 for a morning row up to Calgary Beach to enjoy some R&R before setting off on their overnight row tonight. Spirits on board and very high and everyone's loving their adventure so far.

Setting off from Ulva ferry jetty
The high spirited crew enjoying the balmy weather conditions
Moored up at Calgary Beach
Calgary Beach cafe before setting off on their overnight row

Day 4

After a 75km overnight row from Calgary Beach, out and around the Isle of Coll, then up to the Isle of Muck, the Roxy crew arrived in high spirits into the colourful port of Tobermory for a very well deserved shower and rest.

Tobermory
Arrival in Tobermory
Charlie ran into Ewan of the Broar Brothers in Tobermory

Day 5

The final day of our Isle of Mull Scottish Odyssey saw the crew leaving Tobermory for their final 40 mile row to Oban accompanied by a wonderful bagpipe salute from the Broar Brothers on board their yacht! Jamie, Ewan and Lachlan were the fastest trio in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge in 2018 in a Rannoch R45. The spirit of the ocean rowing community never ceases to amaze us!

Rowing back to Oban in more blue skies
Arrival in Oban
Gift from the crew for Charlie