Previous Sea Trips

Santa’s Scottish Sea Trip

Posted by 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.

Garvellachs 26th – 28th August 2017

Posted by Clive Hall on 2017-10-02

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 Lorna Mallett on 2017-09-03

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.

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.

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.

War and Peace (or, A Tale of Two Bothies)

Posted by David Ryall on 2016-11-15

This is a strange tale of two sea kayak trips on the west coast of Scotland undertaken this year by Sue and I, and a friend of ours, Rick Stanton. This article should more properly be called Peace and War in terms of chronology…

Bank Holiday Sea Kayaking Trip (aka Circumnavigation of Isle of Bute)

Posted by Clive Hall on 2016-08-28

Several days prior to this trip I had informed the sea kayakers that the weather forecast was looking dire for the Bank Holiday weekend with winds at force 4 gusting 5, easing to force 3 gusting 4, plenty of rain and generally overcast and miserable. This of course did nothing to put off the SOC sea kayakers who adamantly still wanted out. So a group of 7 interested paddlers was duly listed for the weekend and all informed of meeting at Colintraive.

During the preceding week the weather eased and things began to look much better for our leisurely paddle in the Kyles of Bute.

Alaska 2016

Posted by Andy Waddington on 2016-07-21

Saturday 2nd July saw five of us (Pete, John, Ann, Mary and myself) checking in bags right on the weight limit for the short flight to Frankfurt. The amount of batteries and electronics in my hand baggage also caused a bit of a delay at security. At Frankfurt we had no need to collect our heavy goods (checked right through to Anchorage) and were soon in the bar at our overnight hotel. A quick shuttle back to the airport and a fairly easy check-in saw us with a bit of time to wait for boarding the nine-hour flight to Alaska.

Five days off Skye

Posted by Andy Waddington on 2015-09-29

The Black Cuillin is the heart of Skye. Photo: Andy Waddington
The Black Cuillin is the heart of Skye, but it is surrounded by fabulous paddling - here heading to Elgol. Photo: Andy Waddington

Sea Kayaking Kyles of Bute 25th/26th July

Posted by Clive Hall on 2015-07-28

The Kyles of Bute was the target for this weekend and the weather forecast seemed quite good as the various members of the group headed for Scotland.

On arriving at the Colintraive ferry terminal, Bryan put his political skills to good use and blagged us all a free camp site in the field beside the pub with the toilet facilities only fifty yards away. In hindsight this was perhaps the beginning of a good/bad night depending on your point of view.

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