Previous Sea Trips

Out and Around Lismore, July 28th

Posted by on 2021-10-07

On the 28th July myself and five other fellow canoeists met in Port Appin with the intention to circumnavigate Lismore, which is an island slightly north west of Oban.    After packing our boats in Port Appin, which was heaving with visitors in their crispy clean outdoor gear, we set of across the Lynn of Lorn to Lismore. 

Sea kayaking around Luing 11th September

Posted by Francis Cooke on 2021-09-23

We’re meeting at 9.30 on Saturday at the sea kayakers’ car park Clive wrote in his email as trip organiser. Easier said than done when working until 6pm Friday. Still, my sleep in the back of the car at Arrochar was more comfortable than the following night!

I arrived at 9.15 to find everyone already there. The canoe/kayak section are nothing if not punctual, even after a 6 hour road trip!

Walney Island - Solo

Posted by John Brimmell on 2020-10-07

The longest cul-de-sac in Britain (The Furness Peninsula)

I was down for organising Yorkshire Coast Sea Kayaking on the 4th October. On looking at the weather forecast I suggested that we switch to the west coast were there was less wind. Unfortunately, nobody else signed up, they must have all been running the virtual marathon, but I had a sea kayaking pass from the wife, so I was going to use it.

Jura Sound 4th to 6th May 2019

Posted by Clive Hall on 2019-05-11

After deploying 3 methods of sleeping out under the stars (a tent, a hammock and a bivvy bag) the 3 of us we made our way to meet our other 2 numbers at Crinan Canal Basin and from there round to Crinan Harbour for packing, faffing, car shuttle and launch.

Bute circumnavigation, May 2018

Posted by Andy Waddington on 2018-05-08

Anna's trip to the Kyles of Bute was going ahead despite a forecast for a rather windy Saturday, when the proposed route would be passing round the southern tip of the island - the most exposed part. Her chosen put-in was Kilchattan Bay, then clockwise to take out at Kames Bay. This would avoid the most populated bit of the island, past Rothesay, and would work well with the tides.

Santa’s Scottish Sea Trip

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2017-12-17

(or How to avoid Christmas shopping crowds)

by Pete Bridgstock

The planning for this trip wasn't easy. The tide times were about as unhelpful as they could be, and I couldn't see any of our usual haunts which wouldn't end up with us paddling against the tides all weekend. So, we opted to head into upper Loch Etive, putting in at Taynuilt. There is virtually no tidal flow in this part of the loch, so we weren't going to be troubled with contrary flows, once we were more than about half a mile from the put-in.

Flamborough Head - Sunday 20th Aug - report by John and James Brimmell

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2017-09-03

Seven intrepid paddlers of mixed abilities met at Flamborough South Landing to Paddle around Flamborough Head. After changing into gear, shuttling the vehicles and carrying the boats down to the water line we sprang into action and ate lunch.

Garvellachs 26th – 28th August 2017

Posted by Clive Hall on 2017-08-29

This trip was billed as a medium multi day sea kayaking trip to a group of islands situated in the Firth of Lorn. The opportunity inspired three new sea kayak paddlers to take on the trip all having done two or three single day trips experiencing a variety of conditions. They were joined by myself, Anna and Ann who were experienced sea kayakers to ensure we had man to man (or woman to woman) marking if conditions got interesting.

Flamborough Head - Sunday 20th Aug

Posted by on 2017-08-21

On Sunday 20th August seven of us set off to Flamborough Head for an easy trip along the coast from South Landing to North Landing. Some of us earned our picnic lunch by carrying all the boats down from the car park; whereas others timed their car shuttle perfectly, returning just as the last kayak was placed on the beach. We set off in very calm conditions and enjoyed spotting the seals which popped up all around us. One curious creature jumped up out of the water, almost landing on Shane’s spray deck! We made our way along the cliffs. I learned later that the reason for my helmet was not so much to protect me from falling rocks when we went into the caves but rather to keep the bird droppings off my head.

Late May Bank Holiday in Mull

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2017-06-05

by Pete Bridgstock

For several years, members of the canoeing section, along with assorted friends, acquaintances and sundry other hangers-on, have gone to Mull for the late May Bank Holiday.

This year, some only came for a few days over the Bank Holiday, whilst others managed to arrive early and stay about ten days. We were based at Fidden Farm campsite, overlooking the southern end of the Sound of Iona, camped on the grass immediately behind the white sand beach.