Sea Paddling Trips Further afield

To take advantage of the wonderful paddling opportunities within easy reach of Inverness - as well as further afield - a programme of regular trips is arranged each year. To get an idea of what trips with ICC are like, have a look at previous trip reports.

Members take it in turn to organise these trips and a meeting of all those interested in becoming involved is held around February time in order to sort out the calendar. The aim is to arrange a camp site based trip each month during the summer; this is open to anyone meeting the minimum criteria for joining club trips and numbers will be limited only by the availability of coaches. There will normally also be a number of day trips, as well as trips that require a higher level of skill and experience and/or are limited in numbers due to wild camping. It is Club policy to restrict the numbers on wild camping trips to a maximum of 8 people in order to mitigate the impact on the environment.

Wherever possible on each trip there is a coached/led group and a group of non-coached/led paddlers. For sea kayaking, those paddlers in the non-coached/led group should hold the BCU Sea Kayak Award (formerly 3*) or be of equivalent standard and have practised rescues (both as rescuer and being rescued) in the last year.

Trips are graded as per the definitions used by Doug Cooper & George Reid in their Scottish Sea Kayaking guide Fifty Great Sea Kayak Voyages:

Grade A - single day trips from 6 – 20 km in distance. Relatively easy landings with escape routes available. Offering relative shelter from extreme conditions and little affected by ocean swell. Some tidal movement may be found, but easy to predict with no tidal races or overfalls.

Grade B - Mainly day trips from 10 – 30 km in distance. Some awkward landings and sections of coastline with no escape routes should be expected. Tidal movement, tidal races, overfalls, crossings, ocean swell and surf may be found on these trips. They will also be exposed to the weather and associated conditions.

Grade C - single and multi-day trips from 25 – 93 km in distance. These trips will have difficult landings and will have no escape routes for the majority of the trip. Fast tidal movement, tidal races, overfalls, extended crossings, ocean swell and surf will be found on all these trips. They will be very exposed to the weather and conditions, therefore requiring detailed planning. With this considered they will all require good conditions for the trip to be viable.

Once the programme has been finalised, details of individual trips - including the date when bookings open - will be added to the events calendar. The complete calendar, as a Word document, including organisers' email addresses, is circulated to the members of the Sea list around the same time (usually sometime in February); it is also available in the Members Area. As wild camping trips in particular tend to fill up very quickly, do take note of the date and time on which bookings open!

 

2019 Calendar

Date: Saturday 16th February
Location: Loch Oich/River Oich
Grade: A (loch), Grade 2/3 (river)
Organiser: Andy Dorin, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Sea kayaks on Loch Oich, white water kayaks on the River Oich and open canoes on the river or loch depending on group experience/coach availability.

Date: Saturday 16th - Sunday 17th March
Location: Great Glen (hostel based)
Grade: A
Organisers: Carole Wells and Rhona Mackenzie, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
A multi-craft weekend, dependent on interest and availability of coaches and leaders

Date: Saturday 13th - Sunday 14th April
Location: Elgol & Soay, wild camping
Grade: B
Organiser: Elizabeth Shiach

Date: Saturday 27th - Sunday 28th April
Location: Grey Dogs, wild camping
Grade: C
Organiser: Alastair Duff, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Date: Wednesday 1st May - Wednesday 8th May
Location: Outer Hebrides, wild camping
Grade: C
Organiser: Carolyn Love
It may be possible for people to join the group for the bank holiday weekend 4th – 6th May, when it is hoped to paddle to the Monach Isles.

Date: Saturday 11th - Sunday 12th May
Location: Loch Nevis, wild camping
Grade: B
Organiser: Becky Race

Date: Saturday 18th - Sunday 19th May
Location: Troup Head area, campsite based
Grade: B
Organiser: Alastair Duff, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

NON-CLUB EVENT
Saturday 18th – Tuesday 21st May Paddle clean up of the Summer Isles.
Organised by Will Copestake, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Date: Friday 31st May - Sunday 2nd June
Location: Raasay and Rona, wild camping
Grade: C
Organiser: Thorfinn Leslie
Depart Sconser on Fri morning.

Date: Saturday 22nd - Sunday 23rd June
Location: Scourie, camp site
Grade: A or B
Organiser: Ruth Mantle

NON-CLUB EVENT
Shetland with John Clube: I am looking at around ten days or two weeks, in a window of around the last week of June and the first two weeks of July.
This may involve peer paddling (for which there will be no charge) and/or some guided day trips with Sea Kayak Shetland (for which there will be a charge). Please let John know if you are interested in the guided day trips by 16th February.

Date: Saturday 29th - Sunday 30th June
Location: Strathy Point & Farr Head, camp site
Grade: B
Organiser: Carolyn Love

Date: Saturday 6th - Sunday 7th July
Location: East Neuk of Fife, camp site
Grade: A to C
Organiser: Rhona Mackenzie, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Date: Saturday 13th - Sunday 14th July
Location: Stonehaven, camp site
Grade: B
Organiser: Andy Love

Date: Saturday 20th - Sunday 21st July
Location: Isle of Harris, wild camping
Grade: B
Organiser: Neil Ross

NON-CLUB EVENT
Sat 27th July – Sun 11th Aug Paddling & sightseeing trip to Brittany.
Justin Grant & Margaret Pearson are going to Brittany for 2 weeks of paddling and sightseeing with Valerie Paireau and hopefully some of her French paddling pals. Anyone who would like to is welcome to join us. Let us know if you are interested and we will give you details of the ferries and camp sites we have booked so that you can make your own arrangements. We will not advertise this trip again as we are not taking bookings for it.

Date: Saturday 3rd - Sunday 4th August
Location: Loch Inchard, wild camping
Grade: B
Organiser: Becky Race

Date: Friday 30th August - Sunday 1st September
Location: Arisaig, Camusdarroch camp site
Grade: A
Organiser: Liz Downing

Date: Saturday 14th - Sunday 15th September
Location: Helmsdale/Dunbeath/Lybster
Grade: B
Organiser: Elizabeth Shiach

Date: Saturday 21st September
Location: Family & Friends day at Loch Achilty
Organiser: Margaret Pearson, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Date: Saturday 5th - Sunday 6th October
Location: Resipole camp site
Grade: A/B
Organiser: Andy Dorin, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Date: Saturday 2nd - Sunday 3rd November
Location: Kintail, Morvich hostel
Grade: B
Organisers: Fi and Ali Duff

Date: Sunday 15th December
Location: Strathspey
Grade: A (loch) or 1/2 (river)
Organiser: Andy Dorin, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Sea kayaks on Loch Morlich, white water kayaks on a local river, open canoes on the river or loch depending on group experience/coach and leader availability. Followed by a BBQ at Badaguish.

Date: Saturday 4th January
Location: New Year Paddle, Inverness area
Grade: A
Organiser: Neil Ross

The full sea calendar, as a Word document including organisers’ email addresses, is sent out to everyone on the Sea mailing list in February. It is also available in the Members Area, but if you would like a copy, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

 

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