June 2014 Having heard that this was a great area to paddle, a date was arranged for June – Midge Season! Why not earlier or later? Next time we will be more careful!.
Despite this, and despite a damp forecast, the organisers decided to arrive early on the Friday for the weekend trip and had a delightful, sunny paddle around Castle Tioram on Loch Moidart before erecting our large tent as base camp.
Saturday dawned wet and the decision was made for the small group (8) to paddle from Glenmore on Loch Sunart, go round Oronsay and Carna and then back to the launch site. Unfortunately the tides were not right to get past the narrows between Oronsay and the mainland and nobody fancied dragging kayaks through deep mud, so we had to paddle all the way back out. Heading past Carna into Loch Teacuis (helped by the strong flood tide) otters were spotted on the shore. We then had fun getting round the other side of Carna against the tide in the rain (eddy hopping and ferry gliding). After a paddle back with the rain easing and with Elizabeth managing to stand above MHWS on every island, we spent an enjoyable evening relaxing at base camp.
Sunday was a brighter day, and it was decided to paddle in Loch Moidart, launching by Castle Tioram. A delightful sandy beach was found for lunch with views over the Small Isles, and the day ended with folks playing in the waterfalls at the mouth of the River Moidart and trying breaking-in and breaking out of eddies (and doing deep-water rescues as required).