Scottish Sea Kayak Trail
Scotland's west coast is an undisputed world-class sea kayaking destination. This book challenges the reader to kayak a 500km route, from the Isle of Gigha off the Kintyre peninsula, to the Summer Isles near Ullapool. It can be undertaken in four holiday-sized sections or as one long, glorious journey. The emphasis is on practical advice; how to tackle tricky tidal passages; places to visit; where to source essential information; food re- supply; where to safely leave kayaks overnight; how and when to shuttle vehicles; and the accessibility of public transport. Although camping is an essential element of this journey the book does not identify wild camp sites or even picnic places. It gives sea kayakers enough information to seek out their own adventures and so spread the environmental impact. The history of this country is inextricably linked to the west coast, from the Scoti to the Norsemen, the Lords of the Isles to the Clearances. An historical thread, woven through the text, tells 'Scotland's Story'. There are useful photographs and notes to help identify wildlife without disturbance, plus practical recommendations on wild camping, from minimum impact techniques to Scottish access law. For those who travel the trail in the comfort of their armchairs, there's also the story of the author's own journey. Together you will travel under big skies on imposing seas in the company of seals, dolphins, eagles and gulls. The Scottish Sea Kayak Trail is waiting for you.
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Lords of the Isles 85 Big Mountains Big Seas 113
Additional information Applecross Ardnamurchan Point Arisaig atthe Basking shark beach birds boats broadcast Castle centre channel Clachan cliffs Crinan crossing detour disturbance dolphins Eilean fishing forecast Gaelic Gairloch Gigha Glenuig harbour head headlands high water highland HM Coastguard HW Oban HW Ullapool island Kerrera Kilchoan Knoydart Kyle of Lochalsh Kyleakin land launch leave lighthouse Loch Loch Nevis lochaline mainland Mallaig marine VHF marine VHF radio Mayday Mellon Udrigle numbers NW stream Oban Oban S stream otters paddling parking pass passage Photo pups re-supply remote road route Rubha Reidh Sandaig Scotland Scottish Sea Kayak Sea Kayak Trail seals Sgeir shelter shore shuttle skerries Skye slack water slipway Sound of Mull spot springs stream starts Summer Isles Tanera Tayinloan tent There's there’s tidal streams tide tables Tobermory tourist town Ullapool Ullapool Out stream vehicle west coast Whale wild camping wind