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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!

 

2020 Calendar

Date: February/March day trip: date to be confirmed and may be advertised at short notice depending on the weather.

Location: TBC

Grade: A

Organiser: Andy Dorin, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Date: Saturday 14th - Sunday 15th March

Location: Great Glen (hostel based)

Grade: A

Organiser: Carole Wells

A multi-craft weekend, dependent on interest and availability of coaches and leaders

 

Date: Saturday 5th April

Location: Loch Beinn a’ Mheadhoin

Grade: A

Organiser: Liz Downing

 

Date: Friday 10th - Monday 13th April (Easter weekend)

Location: Mull, camp site

Grade: B

Organisers: Jude Monson, Maria Crossan, Margaret Pearson

 

Date: Saturday 18th April - Sunday 19th April

Location: Local day trips with members of Tower Hamlets Canoe Club

Grade: A/B

Organiser: Rhona Mackenzie, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Rhona will also be seeking offers of home hospitality for our visitors.

 

Date: Monday 11th - Sunday 17th May

Location: Outer Isles, camp site and wild camping

Grade: B

Organisers: Fiona Duff and Fay Brown

 

Date: Saturday 30th - Sunday 31st May

Location: Glen Brittle, Isle of Skye, wild camping

Grade: B. Non-coached/led only

Organiser: Elizabeth Shiach

 

Date: Friday 5th June - Sunday 7th June

Location: Crowlin Islands and Applecross, wild camping

Grade: B. Non-coached/led only: participants must be capable of paddling at least 25km per day.

Organiser: Maria Crossan

 

Date: Monday 15th June – Sunday 21st June

Location: Skye. This will be a combination of wild camping and camp site based, including the weekend 20th & 21st June which will be camp site based for those not available all week.

Grade: B

Organisers: Carolyn Love and Jude Monson

 

Date: Saturday 4th - Sunday 5th July

Location: Sandend, camp site

Grade: A/B

Organiser: Liz Downing

 

Date: Saturday 17th - Sunday 19th July

Location: Eilean Shona-Ardtoe, Moidart, wild camping

Grade: A/B

Organiser: Richard Aitken

Parking at Castle Tioram

 

Date: Friday 24th - Sunday 26th July

Location: Islay, wild camping

Grade: B/C

Organiser: Neil Ross

 

Date: Saturday 1st - Sunday 2nd August

Location: Scourie, camp site

Grade: A/B

Organiser: Margaret Pearson

 

Date: Saturday 8th - Sunday 9th August

Location: Summer Isles, camp site

Grade: A/B

Organiser: Richard Aitken

 

Date: Monday 10th - Monday 17th August

Location: Oban area. This will be a combination of wild camping and camp site based, including the weekend 15th & 16th August which will be camp site based for those not available all week.

Grade: B/C

Organiser: Carolyn Love

 

Date: Friday 28th - Sunday 30th August

Location: Ardnamurchan, wild camping

Grade: B

Organisers: Neil Ross and Elizabeth Shiach

 

Date: Saturday 12th - Sunday 13th September

Location: Loch Leven, camp site

Grade: A/B

Organiser: Jude Monson

 

Date: Friday 18th - Sunday 20th September

Location: Loch Veyatie, wild camping

Grade: A

Organisers: Margaret Pearson and Vanessa Halhead

 

Date: Saturday 26th - Sunday 27th September

Location: Return visit to Tower Hamlets Canoe Club in London

Grade: B. This trip is only available to paddlers who hold the 3 star qualification or sea kayak award.

Organiser: Rhona Mackenzie.

 

Date: Saturday 3rd - Sunday 4th October

Location: Loch Gleann Cuil and Loch Gleann Dubh, Kylesku, night paddle and wild camping

Grade: B

Organiser: Andy Dorin, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Date: Sunday 11th October

Location: Loch Maree

Grade: B

Organiser: Rhona Mackenzie

 

Date: Saturday 24th - Sunday 25th October

Location: Resipole, camp site

Grade: B

Organiser: Andy Dorin, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Date: Friday 6th - Sunday 8th November

Location: TBC, hostel based

Grade: B

Organisers: Fi and Ali Duff, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Date: Saturday 14th November

Location: Local day trip, followed by afternoon tea in Evanton 

Grade: A

Organiser: Carolyn Love

 

Date: Friday 4th - Sunday 6th December

Location: TBC, wild camping or private bothy 

Grade: B

Organiser: Andy Dorin, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Date: Saturday 19th December

Location: Festive local day trip

Grade: A

Organiser: Rhona Mackenzie

 

The full sea calendar, as a Word document including organisers’ email addresses, is sent out to everyone on the Sea mailing list in January. 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..