The next morning we left Kirkwall and went round to Holm Cove where anchored for the night. This enabled us to get the tide right for the run through the Pentland Firth with its strong tidal streams.
We anchored with another kiwi boat and had coffee with them before leaving the next morning.
We ran through the Pentland Firth with the tidal stream, making a new top speed of 14.8 kts with the engine at 1350 RPM. The previous best was going through Hells Gate at 13.3 kts.
That night we anchored in Loch Eriboll at NW corner of Scotland.
The next day we crossed the North Minch and arrived at Stornoway.