Isle of Mull
The Isle of Mull is the second largest of the inner Hebrides with a land area of 353 square miles. The population is about 2,800. The 'capital' is the village of Tobermory, at the North end. Mull is home to only the 'Munro', Ben More, (a Scottish hill over 3000 feet) that requires a ferry crossing. Come over to Mull for unspoiled landscapes, pristine beaches and a wildlife extravaganza.
Mull is the start of our adventure. On the first night we will sail into the bay at Duart Castle for an idyllic Scottish evening before we head to Salen the next morning. In Salen we have to use of the local airfield which is ideally situated almost in the middle of the island allowing us to explore the North and North West. The airfield is conveniently situated next to a pub, giving us a gentle start into our flying adventures.
Weather permitting we will aim to fly cross-country from Salen to Calgary Bay where the ship will meet us. Where we go next we make dependent on the local weather. Below is a selection of islands which would give us outstanding scenery and flying opportunities. There is also a whiskey distillery in Tobermory which we might include in our flight plan.
Coll & Tiree
Are the two flat islands West of Mull, also known as the sunniest place in Britain, however rather windy at times. We aim to visit Coll and Tiree for a complete circumnavigation including a flight over the Sound between the two islands. If there is sufficient wind we could try some dune flying there.
The isle of Coll is a small hebridean island some four miles west of Mull. It is approximately 13 miles long and 4 miles at it's widest. It has a population of around 200 all-year residents, and more in the summer.
The Isle of Tiree is the most westerly island of the Inner Hebrides. It is relatively small - about twelve miles long and three miles wide - and very flat. Although the island is famous for its fertility it has been described variously as 'a raised beach' and 'the land below the waves'.
With 8 working whisky distilleries, the stunning scenery, amazing wildlife and all the friendly people, Islay is a five star holiday destination. South of Jura and only separated by a small sound we might be able to visit a further few distilleries by air. Maybe even an out landing for a distillery tour..
The Isle of Jura is one of Scotland’s last wildernesses. A little over 200 people are outnumbered by 3,500 deer on this stunning Scottish island.
Our base will be at Craighouse, the only village with a pub and where the distillery is located. From there we will be flying around the famous Paps off Jura and explore the biggest whirlpool in Europe in the Sound of Corryvreckan. We will also explore West Loch Tarbert with its raised beaches and amazing landscape, one of the remotest places of the Western Isles.
Another fascinating place with its little village Knoydart, home of the remotest pub in Britain. This pub can only be reached by boat or paramotor of course. A deep loch surrounded by a smooth and hilly landscape and next to the biggest inland Loch in Scotland. This is a very sheltered place which will provide was paramount and free flying opportunities in most weather conditions