SKE9 - Mull - Class C Peer Trip - 11 - 15 May 2020
Organiser & Contact for further details:
The Croft, Portinscale
Keswick; CA12 5TX
07768 010165 / 017687 80050
Mull is a fantastically versatile sea kayaking destination. Relatively easy to get to, it nonetheless has remote dazzling destinations for the paddler especially amongst the islands off its west coast for those prepared to wild camp.
We plan for four adventurous days of paddling around the island. If the weather is kind we will wild camp for three nights in remote magical locations.
Wildlife watching opportunities could include Sea and Golden Eagles, Guillemots, Herons, Puffins, Shearwaters, Petrels and other seabirds as well as other sea mammals like otters, seals, dolphin and even whales and basking sharks.
Paddling out to Treshnish, and especially the most westerly of the chain require good weather as although they are sheltered by Coll & Tiree to the North and West they are open to the prevailing South West.
We will choose an itinerary that is suitable to the experience of the group and the weather. Our main objectives of the trip are to bring like minded sea paddlers together, share experiences and make the contacts necessary for further trips.
We will convene at 09h00 or earlier each morning to explain & plan the destination and camp plans for the day ahead etc. We will have a full four days of paddling. You should therefore plan to get a late Friday (18h25 or 19h15) or early Saturday ferry back to the mainland on the 15/16th. You should bring a couple of extra days provisions, just in case we get storm bound on the islands.
This is a peer event but you will be safely guided by experienced and qualified sea kayak leaders who will help you learn new skills.
This Class C event is suitable for paddlers with sea-kayaking experience of extended days and journeying on the coast in moderate sea conditions (4* level), including those who are looking to improve their independence to plan and execute more demanding coastal trips. If you have doubts whether your capabilities and experience are sufficient please talk to the organiser.
Maximum 4 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. This is a Class C event.
The most direct route to Mull is the Calmac ferry from Oban to Craignure. The summer timetable is reproduced on the right. Hopefully participants will be able to share transport & ferry costs.
We will be making a call on departure point depending on weather on the morning of the 11th. This could be Fionnphort, Ulva Ferry or Calgary Bay.
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.
Before you can book on any Cumbria Canoeist's event you must have completed a one time Paddler Registration.