First Kayak Trip and Plockton

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  1. Granjan

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    Just come back from Scotland had a fantastic week, first camp site Camusdarach between Arisaig and Mallaig first voyage in the Sea Eagle Kayak ...... Brilliant,very stable, didn't fall out .......very steerable only hit the husband a couple of times with the paddle :Rofl1: .....Glad we bought all the safety gear and wetsuits though we only wet legs and bums.

    Camusdarach site basic, facilities adequate, but the location is fantastic for walking, cycling, kayaking. Would have loved to visit Rum, Eigg, Canna or Muck but it became wet and windy so we have saved that for next time.

    Moved north via ferry to Skye called at Plockton, signs say no overnight stays for caravans and motorhomes are banned from the front street.
    Road to Plockton a bit tight for us but we breathed in, parked near the school then turned around at the bottom of the road no problem.

    Next 2 nights at Sands caravan and camping Gairloch, struggled to get on the motorhome pitch a couple of Kite Surfing motorhomers were a great help when we got stuck on the grass and helped to push us off again. They also advised us not to Kayak off the beach.... Some nasty currents, so we walked and cycled instead. Bought Black Puddings at Kenneth Morrison butchers .....very nice! Site facilities very good.

    Last 3 nights at Applecross campsite, again pretty basic site but location to die for, we took the Cowards road getting there via Torridon and Sheildaig this was bad enough :Eeek::Eeek: beautiful road and took ages.

    Lots of Deer and Highland cows in Applecross, enjoyed some fantastic food at the Applecross Inn ..... Seafood platter, pigeon, all the seafood is yum yum. Walled Garden lovely.

    Enjoyed another couple of days Kayaking ... one in Applecross Bay but much better one just a bit further round at Ard-Dhub, fantastic large sheltered inlet with slipway, seal colony, Islands to tour around.

    Loads of cuckoos in Scotland every site had one! Saw loads of wildlife, Eagles, snow still on mountains, trees just coming out .....primroses, bluebells and baby lambs everywhere. Lots of parking areas had height barriers but plenty people looked to be wild camping elsewhere. Sorry if this is a bit boring.

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  2. Carol

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    Great to get first hand reports like this, re Plockton It does say no camping on the car park but each time we have been there the locals have said it was alright to park overnight, and usually a couple of motorhomes staying. You can use the toilet etc in the Hotel in the middle of the village.

    Love the area between Arisaig and Malaig the beaches are beautiful,

    Thank you definitely on my places to return to list. :thumb:
     
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    Not at all boring, makes me want to get the van out straight away and buy a canoe/kayak on the way.

    Martin
     
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    We are still up here, in Glen Nevis at the moment, its chucking it down, but hey we dont come for the weather, going back to Moidart tomorrow anti-clock this time, the views over Glencoe and the Nevis Range is fantastic, we found a few sleepyspots and the locals are friendly :Rofl1:, use the ferry at Corran to get back onto the A82, Wednesday on to around Loch Leven, get a bit of fishing in, looks like I'll be going hungry, then slowly south, staying at places like Kames, Portavadie, on Loch Fynne, in Cowel.
    Was going to Plockton but couldn't find many sleepyspots.:thumb:
     
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    yes.. there was a canoeing accident there a couple of years ago :Sad:

    you may recall... probably still fresh in the locals minds

    http://www.theguardian.com/uk/2012/sep/23/canoe-tragedy-father-scotland-interview
     
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    I can recommend the kayaking in Loch Sunart. There is a slipway at Resipole but it may belong to the campsite - we were staying on site. Paddle up the loch and the seal will come and visit you, and escort you back.
     
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  7. Granjan

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    Thanks for the link Scot Jim what a tragedy. :Sad:
    Good reminder for us all to take care.
     
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