Fantastic wilderness area for wild camp and bothies trip in and around the Knoydart and Morar shores of Loch Nevis from Mallaig - in an area that should provide shelter, (even if only at 'The Old Forge' in Inverie!) if needed for this first major Scottish multiday trip of the season.
You should aim to arrive to allow a midday departure fully loaded on Friday the 4th from Mallaig harbour. You can leave vehicles along the parking on the East shore of the harbour. There are a number of alternative trips depending on weather - even if we do split we will aim to have the group together on the final camp night of the 6th for a BBQ at the Knoydart Foundation Campsite at Long Beach in Inverie/Kilchoan. Trips potentially on the agenda are: Crossing to Skye, with wild camping around the Point of Sleat; Loch Nevis to the bothy at Sourlies.....
We will choose expeditions that are suitable to the experience of the groups and the weather. Our main objectives of the weekend are to bring likeminded sea paddlers together, share experiences and make the contacts necessary for further trips. For those with less experience the weekend is an opportunity for you to be guided safely and wildcamp in coastal areas you may not feel are within your reach or current experience. We may divide up if it makes sense to do so, especially if the weather is marginal.
We will convene at 09h00 each morning to explain & plan the day trips, shuttles etc. We will have a full day on Saturday and a slightly shorter day on Sunday (finish by 16h00) to allow people to get away on their return journeys.
This weekend is not a coaching course but you will be safely guided by experienced and qualified sea kayak leaders who will help you learn new skills.
This event is suitable for paddlers with some sea kayaking experience, as well as others with more experience, who are looking to improve their independence to plan and execute coastal wild camp trips. Maximum 8 participants. 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.
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 and related kit 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 on what you need to wild camp from a sea-kayak.
Before you can book on any Cumbria Canoeist's event you must have completed a one time Paddler Registration.
Cost: £55 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.