Previous Sea Trips

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.

The Not St. Kilda, SOC summer sea kayak camping trip

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2014-09-21

by Pete Bridgstock

St. Kilda is a group of islands and stacks in the Atlantic, some 55 miles west of Harris in the Outer Hebrides. The islands are steep, rugged, abound in stacks, caves and arches, and are well towards the top of the top five destinations for sea kayaking in the UK. They are particularly hard to get to, which just adds to their appeal. We wanted to go!

The Garvellachs and Grey Dogs

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2014-08-27

by Ralph Bradley

In view of the programmed SOC trip for this w/e being cancelled, Clive, Bryan and myself set off for Scotland to appease our sea-kayaking hunger. Clive had masterminded the trip and had volunteered to drive us, so having loaded the 3 boats onto his roof, we set off from Darlington at 5.30pm on Fri. 22nd August.

Clive's Loch Fyne weekend

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2014-06-10

by Ralph Bradley

On Fri 6 June I travelled with Andy Mac to Otter Ferry, the start point of Clive's trip. I'd seen Loch Fyne from the other side (A83) but had never been down the B8000 - a beautiful road. We arrived at 6pm and sat outside the pub enjoying a nice meal and a couple of pints. Then Clive and Bryan arrived, and we had a few more pints. We camped near the water, just up from the pub. As I recall, I was too inebriated to put my tent up; instead I just shone my torch on it while Andy and co. did it for me (I've got a cheek !)

The Farnes at springs

Posted by Andy Waddington on 2014-05-20

The date for this trip was chosen not only to be during the good wildlife viewing season, but also to be as close as I could get it to a spring tide. The Farnes have various narrow channels and reefs, over which the tide rushes, producing overfalls if opposed by the wind, and some waves and breaks even if the weather is calm. The swell refracts round the various islands and can produce some very changeable sea conditions even on the apparently straightforward crossings (Inner Sound and Staple Sound).

Anglesey Sea Symposium

Posted by Andy Waddington on 2014-05-19

Several members went to Anglesey in early May for the Sea Symposium, which proved to be a very international gathering. None of us had been before (as far as I know) and so didn't really know what to expect. Andy and Mary didn't commit too far, and just went for the weekend, whilst others wanted the benefit of the BCU award assessments which happened during the week. Since there were so many people (about 200) paddling, and so many different activities going on, none of us paddled with each other at all, and we found that we were typically in some very big groups on the water.

Crinan Canal and Beyond

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2014-05-07

by Ralph Bradley

There were seven of us on Pete and Wendy B's May bank holiday paddling trip in Scotland: P, W, Alison, Anna, Kay, Ann and myself. We met at the Lochgilphead campsite on Friday evening (2nd May).

Photo: Pete Bridgstock

Sea Kayaking - In Search of the Queen of Inch

Posted by Clive Hall on 2013-09-10

A 4,000-year-old skeleton, known as the Queen of Inch, was discovered by accident on the island of Inchmarnock in the 1950's. Preserved in an ancient cist, the remains included a necklace made from Whitby Jet.

After examination by archaeologists on two occasions since the discovery the current owner of Inchmarnock Island, Lord Smith of Kelvin, said it was now time for the remains to be buried for good and this was completed in 2010 at a secret location on the island.

Loch Lomond May 2013

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2013-05-10

by Pete Ball

Early May Bank Holiday, an easy trip on Loch Lomond before the midges would be about and a fair chance of some decent weather, according to the Met Office …..

Driving up the M74 on Friday evening was definitely wet and it was a great relief that it stopped as we drove north from Glasgow. The ground was very wet but at least we could put up tents without getting soaked.