This event will be based at the camp site at Ardnamurchan Campsite Bogha Caol Ard, Ormsaigbeg, Kilchoan, Acharacle PH36 4LL; Tel 01972 510766 on the southside of the peninsula. A block booking has been made for camping for 6 nights (Friday 3 - Wednesday 8 August) – but you will need to individually settle with the site. Sign in at reception and mention you are with “Cumbria Canoeists” group and they will direct you to our allocated area.
This is a new venue for “Cumbria Canoeists” The classic paddle is the trip around Ardnamurchen Point the most westerly point on the Scottish mainland. It starts at Kilchoan and ends at Portuairk. We will need a good settled spell of weather for this trip as it is fully exposed to SW winds and swell. If the weather is less favourable then there are alternative paddle options in Loch Sunnart to the south and north in Ardloe Bay. This is very much an exploration trip. We may have the opportunity to do some longer trips with overnight wild camping.
We will convene at 09h00 each morning to explain & plan the day trips, shuttles etc. Trip plans will depend on the weather conditions, tides and the capabilities of the group(s). We may divide up if it makes sense to do so.
This trip is not a coaching course but you will be safely guided by experienced and qualified sea kayak leaders. Our main objectives of the trip are to bring likeminded sea paddlers together, share experiences and make the contacts necessary for further trips in this area.
We will aim to finish by 16h00 on the Thursday to give people time to get home.
This event is open to Cumbrian paddlers – or friends of – with an interest in sea kayaking who would like to extend and develop their skills and experience. This event is suitable for paddlers with some sea kayaking experience in exposed conditions who are looking to improve their independence to plan and execute coastal trips. Talk to the organiser if you need to confirm whether your experience and capabilities are sufficient. Maximum 8 participants.
Using a specific sea kayak is very important, so if you do not have one please borrow or hire one from a club or commercially. Cumbria Canoeists have three sea kayaks that are available for a small donation. Personal paddling equipment, adequate gear, a change of clothes, food and drink for each day’s paddle are essential - Paddler Kit lists are available here.
Responsibility for camping and cooking each day will be left with the participants, but do not hesitate to ask for any further guidance.
Before you can book on any Cumbria Canoeist's event you must have completed a one time Paddler Registration.
Cost: £80 payable by BACS to “Cumbria Canoeists” Sort Code 01-08-93 A/C# 14482177. Please add your surname and the event reference as the BACS payment reference, and ensure your bank details are up to date in your Paddler Registration. This is to make sure we can track payments.
If you are not a member of British Canoeing, we have to arrange membership equivalent liability insurance cover for you for on the water session (applies to all participants and guides). The cost is £5 per person per event; Alternatively, we would encourage BC adult membership at £45 or £65 for a couple per annum. Please add the insurance charge to the event fee payment.
Places are allocated on a "payment received" basis and the booking status is indicated at the top of this page.