2021 Scottish Sea Kayaking Trip to the Summer Isles Day 1

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This year’s trip was organised as two separate weeks but both starting from the same campsite at Ardmair Point. This would enable people to paddle for either or both of the weeks and allowed for greater flexibility. Week 1 headed North around the Point of Stoer to Kylesku Bridge. Week 2 saw us head South around Rua Reidh to Gairloch and Charlestown. We enjoyed fantastic summer conditions again. On both occasions we were self-sufficient and camped out of our boats.

The Paddlers

Alan P, Andy G, Catriona H, Debbie H, Frankie A, Ian B, Mark B, Keith S, Roger M, David G

Ardmair Point Holiday Park

Ardmair Point is one of Scotland’s most beautifully situated holiday centres. Located 3 miles North of the fishing village of Ullapool, Ardmair offers both self-catering holiday accommodation and a caravan or camping park with excellent facilities.

On one side of the peninsular is the location of the self-catering holiday accommodation including lodges, chalets and a holiday home. All are situated just above the beach and command stunning views over the sea to the mountains beyond. On the other side of the peninsular separated from the self-catering holiday accommodation is the touring caravan or camping park with most of the pitches having spectacular views. The Park has excellent facilities and including an on-site café serving a range of meals and cakes. https://www.ardmair.com/

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Day 01 Sunday Ardmair point to Tanera More (island) via Horse Island & Tanera Beg island by Frankie Annan

Or alternately the day of car shuttles and Canoes on a rocky beach

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Waking to a midgy misty morning we quickly loaded (threw) gear into the cars to transfer boats and all the paraphernalia involved in a week’s sea paddling to the beach right by the campsite to get packed and sorted. It has been suggested I refused to move on the beach until I had coffee. Moi?

The car shuttle organised those not driving to Kylesku to leave cars had time to drink more coffee and pack in a more leisurely fashion. In true LCC expedition fashion elevenses arrived before we could A picture containing outdoor, mountain, sky, water

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We headed out onto the water and set out for somewhere, the sun came out and we paddled towards the summer isles, at some point Keith said he wanted to go round the outside of an island, that is a song said Andy G – so the Buffalo Girls became the phrase for any circumnavigation of anything for the rest of the week.

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Description automatically generated with medium confidenceThe map tells me we went around Horse Island and Tanera Beg, there is a great arch on the way to Tanera Beg, but let’s be honest after lunch on the beach by the burial ground with the solitary windmill, everything we did that day has been wiped from the memory by the realisation that I was looking at the windmill from lunchtime and we had paddled around in a big circle after paddling around the outside of an island or two, looking for a campsite, and continuing on in our search when the 5* campsites didn’t materialise.

On landing at Some local knowledge was provided to Keith and we settled into our first campsite on Tanmera Mor to eat and watch the sunset.

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To see more pages from the whole trip go to the Major trips and Expedition reports tab on the club website or click here…….