Category Archives: Scotland

Packboating north of the border

Semperit at sea – 2

With an inexpensive Sevylor barrel pump I was able to get the repaired Semperit up to a good pressure. Ten days passed while i finished my current project, during which time the boat lost no air that I could feel. Over the same period … Continue reading

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Semperit Forelle 2; afternoon refurb’

Here in the Summer Isles the reliable May  sunny spell  is about to end – great for solar panels, but strong afternoon easterlies not so good for day-long IK-ing. Suilven mountain even caught fire. Yesterday, before it picked up we nipped … Continue reading

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Seawave Rudder MkII tested

Gumotex Seawave main page Rudder rationale discussed Gumotex’s 2016 factory version Making the prototype rudder Testing the prototype Update 2019: I’ve not used my MYO rudder since I made it in 2016. Partly because I’ve only done day trips predicated … Continue reading

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A quick one before lunch

What a great thing a packraft is – like a water bicycle!

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Arisaig Overnighter

Seawave main page The shell-sand skerries of Arisaig are a well-known sea kayaking destination so, blown out by the wrong sort of wind to complete our mission on Mull, we scooted over towards Morar on the warmest May day since Michael Fish was … Continue reading

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Kayaking Mull & Iona

Seawave main page Intrepid Scottish sea kayakeur Gael of the Scottish Sea Kayak Trail was taking it to Mull this year. I invited myself along for part of the tour. His plan: Oban > Kerrera > Mull then along the Ross of Mull to Iona, … Continue reading

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Caves and Arches of the Summer Isles

What paddler can resist the thrill of poking their bow into a cave or threading a natural rock arch? Paddling under a bridge or into a boathouse just doesn’t have the same transgressive buzz. Here are a few of my favourites, tracked down over many … Continue reading

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Back in the Isles ~ Seawave vs Grabner

Seawave main page First paddle of the season, although it’s still far from spring-like. Last few days snow has been blanketing the Torridons (left), the Assynts and even BM Coigach (above). But after three days of howling, the winds abated and … Continue reading

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Great Britain’s mountains, hills and high places

Found this intriguing graphic of Great Britain’s mountains, hills and high places in a 1904 Bartholomew’s Handy References Atlas. Source file

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