Have you sailed to the Outer Hebredes with your dog

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  1. Polly Put The Kettle On

    Polly Put The Kettle On Read Only Funster

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    Going to the Outer Hebredes in May with my dog

    Now my question is

    Do I sail from Ullopool or Oban
    The Ullopool crossing is shorter
    The Oban is longer

    Now if you have crossed with your pooch do you leave her/ him in your van and if so in a cage or fastened up.
    Are you aloud on the longer journey to go to the your motorhome to give them a wee break exercise/ stretch her/his legs

    On the Oban crossing it says that you are allowed to bring your dog on deck
    Can you take your dog inside or are you outside in the elements.
    Do they have kennels?

    Hope this question makes sense
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  2. Polly Put The Kettle On

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    I seem to have got a poll
     
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    Hello Polly

    Yes we have, but only from Uig as per Jims suggestion and Ullapool

    But I reckon the options re dogs will be the same

    I guess you could leave your dog in MH but no to returning to MH during crossing

    But loads of people take dogs, you can sit outside anywhere, or on some seats inside set aside for dogs, although they are only part of a larger group of seating

    No charge for dogs and they seem to be very welcome from our experience

    We would not use the Ullapool crossing due to length (time) on board, and it costs more

    Have fun we absolutely love the islands, outer, inner, southern the lot (y), yet to do Northern, but it wont be long

    mainland is not too shabby either :) and even cheaper
     
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    We have sailed all 3 .......... Uig to Tarbert is the quickest and cheapest......... it all depends on where you want to go when you get there really :cool: (and whether or not you want to visit Skye)

    (forgot to say we don't have a dog tho')
     
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    you can go Uig to North Uist, that is now our preferred route, out to Lochmaddy on North Uist, do the Uists then cross over to Harris from Berneray, Harris is by far our favourite island, although is it actually part of Lewis, they are one big island. Then return from Tarbert to Uig, although we have also come back from Stornoway to Ullapool

    Too many choices :D
     
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    On the Uig to Tarbert crossing you can take your dog upstairs. There is a special lounge for dog owners. This is probably true of most of the Caledonian McBrayne crossings but I'm not sure about the longer crossings. We hopped about all over the place last year, sometimes taking the dogs upstairs and sometimes leaving them in the van. They just snoozed in the van when we left them there.
     
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    Did look at the Uig crossing but not sure about the journey from around Glasgow
     
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    We sailed from Oban to Barra then Lewis to Skye on both crossings they had seating areas where you could sit with your dog and you could walk them on deck.
     
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    It's easy to get to Skye and to cross over the new bridge. Go via Fort William. You can't rush it though. I would stay over en route. Couple of nice sites in Fort William. Driving in the Highlands is always slow.
     
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    No, but from what I've read on this thread, I'd love to!

    My 2 dogs ( and I also travelled with 2 cats as well for a few years) were fine on the 7-8 hour drive to Dieppe, then 4.5 hour crossing.
    Nicer for them in the motorhome than the car as they could choose where to sit/ sleep and the cars could access their litter tray.
     
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    Bit of a senior moment there, head said wouldn't use Oban crossing, fingers typed Ullapool, which we do use :((y)
     
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    Went round most of the Outer Hebrides with Phoebe, but she stayed in Thebus every time as she would never manage the steps, but I often saw others with dogs, though I think you mostly have to stay outside with them, fine if the weather is good but otherwise might be a bit miserable.

    We took the bridge to Skye then Uig to Tarbert, then on down all the islands before going back to Oban

    She has been okay everytime, but hates travelling anyway. Longest we have done so far was overnight Orkney to Shetland. Loaded at around Midnight arrived about 8am. Can't remember being charged for her anywhere.

    I deliberately took the journey back to Oban in order to have the chance to see the dolphins and we did - hundreds of them, plus porpoises and a basking shark. Magic

    http://www.theworldismylobster.org.uk/#/doplhins-galore/4588032200
     
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    Definitely no charge for dogs on the Calmac ferries.
     
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    005.JPG My avatar is on North Uist or Benbecula cant remember which now



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    This is Harris, just north of the ferry in from Berneray, not the best of weather, but beautiful huge beaches

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    and this one is right on the bottom of South Uist
     
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