Thursday, 22 June 2017

Eilean na Gobhar from Forsay - Loch Ailort

Tuesday 20th June - Eilean na Gobhar from Forsay - Loch Ailort
Ten of us got the weather perfect. Launched from Forsay where there is a short carry through the trees and across the shingle beach, not too bad even at low tide.
Paddled out to Eilean na Gobhar (Goat island) and then right across Loch Ailort to Eilean a'Chaolais where we had some entertainment paddling through a small channel. Then back across to Goat Island and landed on the east side where there is a sandy beach at LW at the south end. Finished off with a visit to the bay in front of Rosheven House.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Training Sessions

We have just completed a very succeesful series of four Monday evening sessions for beginners fiishing up with a self recue session. Thanks to coach Ally Connolly.
We have now organised some further training. There will be an Improvers course at Corran or Ballachulish on Saturday 17th June. Then on Sunday 6th August there will a "Swimmers Rescue Course". And to put this into to practice note a date for your diary, a swim event on 2nd Sept. For details email

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

23rd May Tues Eve Loch Leven

A select bunch of four met at Callert. Warm, wet and not very windy and not many midges about yet. Sorry no photos in the somewhat driech conditions. Paddled along to the fish farm to see the salmon leaping and then across to the Isles of Glencoe Hotel to see the diners dining. Finished off with a trip round the islands, there is still a reasonable path up to the chapel from the east end. A good trip in spite of the damp.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

16th May - Tues Eve Glenfinnan

16th May - Tues Eve Glenfinnan
The first "official" Tuesday evening paddle of the season was enjoyed by Ken, Liz, Paul, Tracey, Christine, Fiona and Claire. The rain and wind of earlier in the day cleared up and we enjoyed a midge free jaunt first up the river Finnan and then up the river Callop and finished off around the island. I've been on the loch several time and this is the lowest I've seen it at this time of year so we didn't get quite as far up the rivers.
Slattach pier head now has a notice reserving parking for residents and asking kayakers to unload only.

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Spring Forward

When the clocks moved forward a few dedicated paddlers started going out on the odd Tuesday evening. This included a couple of trips around the islands in Loch Linnhe in front of the Caledonian Canal and a short trip in a chill wind from the yacht club before the AGM.
Now we are into May we have started the beginner sessions. Nine have signed up, we started with a pool session and held the first outdoor session based at Outward Bound led by coach Ally. Excellent Lochaber weather marred only slightly by the first midges of the season as we packed up. Three more sessions will follow on Monday evenings through May.
Swimmers coming off the ferry at Fishnish
The first Day meet of the season morphed into excort duty for a group of open water swimmers crossing the Sound of Mull. This involved an early start but conditions were perfect and the well organised event was a success and enjoyed by all.
After the swim and lunch we did a short trip from Lochaline around Ardtornish Point and into Aoneadh Beag House.

Heading towards the castle at Ardtornish Point

In the bay at Aoneadh Beag

Friday, 7 April 2017


Tue 25 April AGM in LYC clubhouse 7:30 pm - for those who wish there will be a short paddle from the clubhouse, on the water at 6:00pm. Only 2 paddlers took to the water in rather cold blustery conditions. The AGM took place with a disappointing attendance of only 8. The committee continues unchanged except we have a new child protection officer. The main discussion topics included the sea kayak programme and the use of club funds on instructors.

Adult begginer sessions

A short series of paddle sessions has been organised for adult beginners or those with basic experience. They will start with a pool session at the Leisure centre on Friday 28th April in the water from 8 until 9 pm. Then there will be four Monday evening (6 to 8:30 pm) sessions based at Locheil Outward Bound. on 8/15/22 and 29th May. All equipment is provided. The sessions are subsidised by the club but there will be a charge of £40 which includes £15 membership. More detail can be obtained by emailing the club at