Originally Posted by Bobcat
Wondered if anyone has tried to get to the Mediterranean
from NW Scotland by sailing West of Ireland ... preferably, without ending up in Madeira
, the Canaries
or the Azores
I had a plan to take the boat from Oban to the Mediterranean over a year's sailing - via W Ireland, Scillies, NW Brittany, A Coruna, Lisboa, Lagos, Cadiz, and into the Med.
The plan went beautifully wrong. Scotland was captivating with it's hundreds of anchorages, wildlife and magnificent scenery. It took 2 months to escape - and a vow to return next year.
West Ireland also took 2 months, then another month for the south coast. What an incredibly hospitable place! The Scillies were a good stop en route to the unplanned destination
of Falmouth - and a month in S Devon and Cornwall, with winter layup
Next season, of course, I went to Scotland and back to visit the places I'd missed first time around - and some of the old favourites. This time we took off from Ireland to A Coruna, since there was a nice weather window. Loved the complete change of culture in N Spain
, so worked back along the coast to France
. . . then north to W Brittany. Got stuck wandering Biscay for 3 years.
Eventually got to Turkey
10 years after starting out.
Those who rush south to the Med from UK miss some of the greatest cruising in the world, and amazing culture differences between the various Celtic tribes.
Not exactly the greatest weather though!
Most of this written up on my site - just google