Year Four

Year 4

Year Four Itinerary

Below is a list of the major places we will visit during year four of our voyage.


Cork, Dungarvan, Waterford, Kilmore Quay, Wexford, Arklow, Dublin, Malahide, Carlingford

Leaving from Crosshaven (Cork), we had up the Irish sea along the eastern Irish coast.  Due to the strong tidal currents, we always go north with the rising tide and then stop at ports along the way as the tides ebbs, creating a current the opposite direction.  This means we may only sail for around six hours each day before pulling in to wait at least six hours before we may continue.  However, we will always wait over night, at least, before continuing.  Eventually, we will reach Dublin, the capital and largest city of Ireland.  From there, we sail on north to Carlingford our last port of call in Ireland in the fourth year of our voyage.


Northern Ireland

Strangford, Bangor, Belfast, Carrickfergus, Glenarm.

Still sailing north, we are not ion the east coast of Northern Ireland.  We arrive in Belfast, the capital and largest city in Northern Ireland.  From there, we continue on to Glenarm where we plan to cross the Irish Sea to Scotland.


Scotland (north eastern)

 Ardminish, Craobh Haven, Glenbeg.

Arriving across the Irish Sea, we make landfall at Ardminish on the small Isle of Gigha, Scotland, population 150, who mostly speak Gaelic.  After just one night, we sail on north toward the Isle of Sky, stopping in two overnight anchorages, Craobh Haven and Glenbeg. 


Scotland (Isle of Skye)

Armadale Castle, Eilena Donan, Portree, Dungarvan, Carbost, Fairy Pools, Arisaig, Tobermory.

We reach the Isle of Sky at Armadale Castle.  From there, we  circumnavigate the Isle of Skye, first stopping at the famous Eilean Donan Castle and then on to Portree for some bagpipers.  From there, we sail around the northern shore of the Isle of Sky, stopping in Dunvegan.  We now turn south and come down the west coast, anchoring at Carbost and Fairy Pools, our last stop on the Isle of Sky.  We sail to Arisaig and then on to Tobermory.


Scotland (south eastern)

Carobh Haven, Ardminish, Campbeltown, Carradale, Gourock, Glasgow, Holy Lock, Lamlash

Coming back south, we stop at Carobh Haven and Ardminish again, but then sail down around Southend at the southern tip of the Kintyre peninsula before turning and coming up the southern shores of that peninsula.  We sail past the Isle of Arran on our way toward Glasgow, making a couple of short stops on the way.  After some time touring around Scotland, we head the boat back out to the southeastern side of the Isle of Arran, stopping in Lamlash before continuing south, now sailing for the Isle of Man.


Isle of Man

Stranraer, Peel, Ravenglass, Fleetwood, Peston. 

After a quick stop in Stranraer, we sail south to the Isle Man, arriving at the marina in Peel.  We will tour the Peel Castle there, a place I wrote about in one of my novels in The Archimage Wars series.  From the Isle of Man, we sail on to the mainland of England, arriving in Ravenglass.  


England (central)

Fleetwood and Preston.

From Ravenglass, we sail south to Fleetwood and then on to Preston where we will put S/V Lynx in a Marina while we do  some inland touring of central England.  When we return to the boat, we will set sail, headed west for Wales.


Wales (northern)

Conwy, Caernarfon, Portdinllaen, Pwlheli, Aberdovey

We arrive in Wales at Conwy, then motor through the Menai Strait,  We will stop in the strait at Caernarfon for a few days.  When we start sailing again, we will anchor in Porthdinllaen. then overnight at Pwlheli, and finally anchor for a couple of nights at Averdovey.


Wales (southern)

Gwbert, Dale, Tenby, Swansea, Cardiff

We continue sailing around Cardigan Bay, stopping at Gwbert before heading around the point into the Bristol Channel.  We stop in Dale for a couple nights, overnight at Tenby, and stop for a few days in Swansea.  Then we ride the tide in and go through the lock into either Cardiff or Bristol to spend a week or more.


England, (south western)

The Mumbles, Appledore, Padstow, St. Ives, Penzance, Falmouth, Malpas, Golant, Calstock, Kingsbridge, Dartmouth, Totnes, Topsham, Cockwood, Weymouth.

We not sail to The Mumbles and depart from Wales to head back to England.  We stop in Appledore, Padstow, and St. Ives.  Then we head around The Lizard and arrive in Penzance.  We tour some locations in this southern part of England that we skipped the year before, stopping in many places and sailing up several rivers.  After a fun time seeing this part of England, we finally arrive back in Weymouth.  From there, we will clear out of the UK, ready to head back to France.


Channel Islands and France

Channel Islands: Braye, St. Peter Port, St. Helier
France: Granville, Mont Saint-Michel, St. Malo, Carteret, Cherbourg.

After leaving the UK, we stop in the Channel Islands, before clearing back into the Schengen in Granville.  Checking off a major destination in our sailing adventures, we overnight at the famous Mont Saint-Michel castle and then head back to Granville to wait for a tide change to take us to St. Malo.  From there, we will sail north to Carteret, and then on to Cherbourg where we end this fourth year of our voyage.


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