The trouble with sea kayaking is there’s an awful lot of faff involved. It also involves large amounts of driving (even though I live 100m from the sea) and it can be quite hard work. I hate faff, do a lot of driving already and usually try and find a way around hard work. This might explain why I havent managed to do much sea kayaking this year despite a looming assessment. At the start of the month Matt and Oliver agreed to join me for some faffing as I got myself ready for my “5 star leader assessment” (a grand and somewhat confusing title). The final problem with sea kayaking is that it is pretty hard to get decent pictures of the actual sea kayaking. I am therefore starting with the ubiquitous shot of the boat on a beautiful scottish beach. The three of us headed out to Arisaig to prove how inept we were at rescuing each other and ourselves – it was however a great warm up for the next 8 days of paddling for Matt and I. Matt paddling away from the Cuillin in the sound of Raasay. Strong winds stopped us getting anywhere so we were forced into a couple of nights stay at Raasay House.Ferry coming in. We headed out into some fairly big swell (again no photos as I was trying to stay upright) on a particularly wild day
After some kit sorting and drying we headed down the sound of Luing, through the corryvrechan whirlpool to the west coast of Jura. The bothy finally in sight after a great days paddlingJellyfish on the beachA couple of shots of Glen Garrisdale bothy. I’ve wanted to go here for years and it absolutely lived up to my expectations. Glen Garrisdale
The next day we headed back across the whirlpool to Scarba and across to the Garbhellachs. Coffee and and super noodles on Eileach a Naoimh Looking south over our campsite on the southern end of Garvellach Sunset looking south.The next morning we had planned to leave early to catch the flooding tide. We were met at 630 by clouds of midgies forcing us to procrastinate in the tent for 45mins. Above – Matt contemplating getting out, you can see the smear of midgies on the mesh panel on the right.
Despite all the faff, driving and hard working I love the places you can get to by sea kayak and how simple it can be to pack up a boat and head off for a few days. Oh and I passed the assessment.