Previous Sea Trips

Sound of Mull - Mayday weekend

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2003-05-05

by Pete Ball

This would be my first venture into sea kayaking and I borrowed Johnny's 5.3m Buccaneer. It only just fitted in my garage when trial packing, but with huge hatch covers it takes pretty much all you would need - but did I have the right stuff?

Bute at Easter

Posted by Andy Waddington on 2003-04-20

The new sea boat was almost finished, and I'd had a few paddles on Derwentwater, Lake Bala and Ullswater. What I needed now was a proper maiden voyage at sea - and since she was built as a dayboat, a nice day trip in a calm sea would be ideal. But the next opportunity was Easter, and a four-day trip was planned. Could I fit in gear for that long, and was it sensible to commit to a four day trip on a maiden voyage ? Well, the forecast didn't look bad, so Piqqalujamik takujumavunga went on the roof and off up to Largs.

Resipole to Ardtoe, around Ardnamurchan Point

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2002-05-07

by Ellie Bridgstock

On the first bank holiday of May, eleven of us (Pete, Wendy, Ellie, John, Nick, Cath, Andy Waddington, Clive, Anna, Dwayne and Anne), went to paddle around Ardnamurchan Point. This was the first trip that John and I had ever done, where all kit was in the boats, this meant that there was a fair amount of faffing before we managed to set off from our campsite at Resipole. As it was Scotland we couldn't believe that the gloriously sunny day would hold out. Much to our amazement, it did.

It's not always like this

Posted by Andy Waddington on 2001-05-08

S.O.C. Introductory Sea Weekend, Mayday

The late night made for a laid back start. We broke camp and as we drove the short distance to a parking spot, Tayvallich was revealed as a classic Western Scottish hamlet clustered around the most perfect sheltered bay. Not that shelter was exactly required under a clear blue sky with not a breath of wind but, amazingly, not a midge in the air. "It's not always like this", said Pete.