Setting sail to treasure island

by backpackingbongos

Tomorrow I set off (via a curry lunch) with a couple of mates and Reuben for the long drive to Glasgow.  We are meeting up with the esteemed Mr Edwards from Writes of way fame.  Our destination the following morning is an island in the Hebrides that has no permanent habitation or scheduled ferry service.  Regular readers have probably sussed by now that I like to get as far off the beaten track as possible.  In my mind you can’t get more off the beaten track than an uninhabited island off the west coast of Scotland.

We have chartered a boat to drop us off and then come back and pick us up three days later.  Sitting here typing this whilst wheelie bins fly down the street makes me question our judgement.  It is the end of January on the west coast!  Thankfully the forecast is showing a lull in the wind for the journey out, fingers crossed there will be another lull for our journey back.

The reason for this adventurous little excursion?  I get married in a couple of weeks and it is traditional to have a stag do.  However my idea of hell is to stagger round town, eat a kebab and then vomit in a gutter.  A remote camp with some mates for a few days is a much more pleasurable alternative.

24 Comments to “Setting sail to treasure island”

  1. Have a great time – hope the weather is kind to you! – and say hi to Pete and Rich for me 🙂

  2. Have a good trip James, hope the wind plays ball. I agree entirely regarding your feelings on a bad stag do, I have been on a number of them and have never really enjoyed the night or the next day. Yours is a much better plan. Enjoy and be safe. 🙂

    • Luckily I have only been on one stag doo before Mike, it was fun as we all stayed in the Peaks, did get a bit messy though!

  3. Enjoy your trip James.
    I will be keeping my fingers crossed that the winds blow themselves out before you arrive.
    Have a calm crossing and a great time.
    Perfect idea for a Stag do,… doing exactly what you like best!

    • Thanks Paul, watching the weather like a hawk, shame that not like a week or so ago. Did I mention I am not keen on boats?

  4. Congratulations .Great idea for a stag do.You might be there for more than three days if there is still high winds .

  5. Fantastic James. Enjoy, stay safe and have fun. All the best on your marriage.

  6. congratulations! enjoy the weekend; I am already looking forward to the post when you’re back. Greetings from The Netherlands!

  7. What a fantastic idea for a stag do, have a great trip. For mine we all went into London and eventually got split up and I had a ball and chain clamped to my ankle! Oh Joy!

  8. sounds like a weekend full of epicness! shame I’m not male. or your friend. ha!
    enjoy ^_^

  9. Have a cracking (and safe time), James. Your backpacking tales of adventure gave me hours of reading pleasure and inspiration in 2012 – so no pressure for this year!

  10. Sounds a good stag do, keep us updated 👍

  11. Three men in a boat… What could possibly go wrong?
    Have a great trip.

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