The plan is to take the 13h30 ferry from Oban to Castlebay, Barra on Tuesday 8th May.
We can all travel with boats and gear only as we have a host, Tony Flanagan who will collect us off the ferry and deliver us to our air B&B accommodation in Castlebay.
Tony will be joining our paddling group and will also be available to transport us and boats around the Island as necessary to our paddling destinations.
This is a peer event, and there will be a number of options for paddling which will of course be very weather dependent. This includes day trips from Castlebay, e.g. circumnavigating Vatersay, as well as a longer trip from Castlebay with wild camping down to Mingulay. Elsewhere on the island there are paddling options in the Sound of Barra to the north and also along the west coast.
Return is scheduled on the 07h55 morning ferry back to Oban on Sunday 13th May, but if the weather is fine we can potential extend the stay by a few days for those that want, using alternative local accommodation or camping.
This event is only suitable for paddlers with some sea kayaking and journeying experience. There may be some longer days and tougher conditions to manage at this early end of the season on the Outer Hebrides. If you have any doubts please contact the organiser to clarify the capabilities needed to safely join the trip. 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 in this magical environment.
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 the organiser for any further guidance. We may wild camp for a couple of nights on this event.
Before you can book on any Cumbria Canoeist's event you must have completed a one time Paddler Registration.
Cost: There is no direct event charge - but we need a payment to cover the accomodation and our hosts costs for transporting us to and fro. £70 payable by BACS to “Cumbria Canoeists” Sort Code 01-08-93 A/C# 14482177. Please add your surname and the event code 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 / accomodation fee payment.
Places are allocated on a "payment received" basis and the booking status is indicated at the top of this page.