Tag Archives: scotland

Feathercraft Java kayak review

In early 2016, Feathecraft dropped the Java/Gemini and Aironaut to stick with folding kayaks. In 2017 Feathecraft closed for good. In 2007 I was looking to move on from my Sunny to something a bit longer and self-bailing. The two boats that … Continue reading

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Packrafting on Inverpolly

A sunny and a warm day, so although I was still feeling a bit groggy following a cold, it was high time to enact a mini-packplan: head out to Inverpolly and string together some of the lochans on the west side. I’d … Continue reading

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Scottish Sea Kayak Trail Part 1 ~ Gigha to Skye

Gaël Auffret Grabner H2 report  • Part 2, May 2011 • Part 3, May 2012 I was not actually used to camping in the rain. My personal survival mode turns on with the first rain drops. I started worrying about staying … Continue reading

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Sea kayaking on Loch Linnhe

A short slide show of an afternoon’s paddling we did a couple of years ago after the Spey. Jon in the Carolina found this route description in this book, winding in and out of a few islands and so never … Continue reading

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Winter packrafting in Scotland

I should have been off to France in early November to packboat down the Allier River, but the current job drags on. So despite the very short days, it struck me I ought to finish off my summer’s packrafting plan. On … Continue reading

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First time packrafting in Scotland

First time packrafting gear It was a bank holiday weekend in Scotland and the West Highland Line from Glasgow to Mallaig was packed out, but only one person got off the train at Morar station. There was nothing here other … Continue reading

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Packrafting in Scotland – intro

For more recent packrafting in Scotland click ‘Scotland’ or ‘packrafting’ categories above or right. Northwest Scotland is about as ‘Alaska’ as it gets here in the British Isles and after years of going everywhere else, I’m beginning to realise what … Continue reading

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Packrafting in Scotland ~ gear

This is the gear which worked for me (or not) on my first big trip to the Scottish highlands in summer. There’s plenty more chat about gear and tips on the Alpacka forum, among other places. Backpack – TNF Terra … Continue reading

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Alpacka 2010 Denali Llama review

Getting the right size Alpacka is important as you’re supposed to fit in snuggly front to back to aid control in white water. At my height (6′ 1″) the Llama is just right, with a little optional padding behind the … Continue reading

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