Previous Sea Trips

A weekend with Þorstein Sigurlaugsson

Posted by Andy Waddington on 2006-08-20

We were in Iceland for a week of bottom-wrecking activity on Icelandic ponies, but started off with something a lot more relaxing. Driving up from Reykjavik to Stikkishólmur, we were struck by how green and attractive this west side of Iceland seemed. Once at our destination, we were a little nonplussed to find that every RV and trailer tent in Iceland seemed to be there as well - apparently we had chosen the same weekend as their annual "Danish nights" festival, and the town was packed.

Around Raasay and Rona at Easter

Posted by Andy Waddington on 2006-04-18

The weather at Easter can be somewhat fickle in Scotland, so it's usually best not to plan a trip anywhere very exposed, or expensive to get to. Raasay lies east of, and fairly sheltered by, Skye, and you can get to it via the Skye bridge which nowadays is free, so neither too much time nor cash is lost if a retreat to the mainland becomes necessary. With a latish Easter in mid-April, this seemed like a good bet.

Penrhyn Mawr in February

Posted by Andy Waddington on 2006-02-05

The North Wales meet was never going to have rivers to paddle in these conditions - most venues are too low a day after the rain stops, let alone two months ! The somewhat radical solution to this was to transform the weekend into a Sea Paddling trip, visiting the tide races around Anglesey. Saturday started at Trearddur Bay, having closely examined a lot of interesting small roads in Holyhead before finding the place to drop Neil's car.

Lofoten - the Magic Islands

Posted by Andy Waddington on 2005-07-08

During 2005, eight sea kayakers from Swaledale Outdoor Club visited the Lofoten Isles, north of the Arctic Circle off the Norwegian coast.

The Lofoten Islands are a long way up Norway north of the Arctic Circle

Bass Rock and the Farnes

Posted by Andy Waddington on 2005-05-15

May is definitely the time to be visiting some of the more inspiring sea bird nesting sites - but a wide brimmed hat is essential! A request for Bass Rock had been honoured on the programme, and seemed to fit well with a potential leader being in Edinburgh that weekend. The best laid plans ... but a substitute leader soon appeared and May 14th saw a small group assembling at North Berwick.

Sea Kayaking round Gigha. Mayday weekend

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2005-05-02

by Pete Ball

Travelling up the side of Loch Lomond on Friday evening, we still had 120 miles to drive, so it was dark by the time we arrived on the campsite on the north side of the Mull of Kintyre. Of course, there were no staff at that time of night but fortunately there was another group of paddlers in camper vans and after a lot of jovial banter and crossing of legs etc. they did divulge the secret code for the toilet block.

Others arrived over the next hour or so. It was too late even to think about lighting a fire! Well, just a small beer then.

Freshwater sea kayaking - Loch Shiel

Posted by Andy Waddington on 2004-08-06

Sea kayaking is more about what you do than where you do it, and since the sea can be very unforgiving, it's often good to learn the ropes in more sheltered places with easy escape routes. Daytrips on English lakes are a good way to start, but they don't have much of a "wilderness" feel. Scotland has some really big inland lochs that can offer multiday trips, either just for the kayaking, or to reach some remote walking country. Loch Shiel had been on our list for a while and it seemed like an excellent venue to take the kids on their first multiday paddle.

Treshnish and Staffa - Whitsun

Posted by Andy Waddington on 2004-05-30

Two previous attempts to paddle to the Treshnish Isles and Staffa off the west of the big island of Mull in western Scotland had failed. On the first, the weather forecast was so awful that we cancelled our ferry to Mull several days out. For the second go, we were committed to paddling in the area for a week, but winds kept up in the force five sort of level for part of every day and open crossings to islands with difficult landings weren't really on the programme.

Sleat peninsula at Easter

Posted by Andy Waddington on 2004-04-12

The SOC Easter sea trip - billed as Skye, but our rendezvous would be Mallaig, and whether we crossed to Skye or avoided the open crossing and headed up to Knoydart via Loch Nevis depended on the forecast. Waking up a few miles from Mallaig at Morar, there wasn't much wind, and the sea state looked OK, so we duly parked up at Mallaig (a small town which is a tourist port of call in the summer and setting off point for the Skye ferry, still used despite the building of a bridge further north from Kyles of Lochalsh).

Beautiful Anglesey

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2003-08-24

by Wendy Bridgstock

You know those parties that you don't want to go to but have a great time when you're there? Well, Anglesey was like that for me. I would rather go to Scotland, but our leader said Anglesey, so off we went.

When we arrived on the Friday night, the Wests, Broadleys and Waddingtons had commandeered a corner of the camping field, so the rest of us filled in the gaps.