Local Paddling

Back in May after my partner Annie sold her house, with the very real prospect of being homeless within 3 weeks, we decided to “just go for it” and move North to the West coast of Scotland. It seems that I’ve wanted to be here for the last 15 years of my life. Located between Fort William and Oban, only 15 miles South of Glen Coe, a dream has finally come true. For both mountaineering and sea kayaking the location is perfect.


Summer “after-work” evening paddles are on our doorstep and within 10 minutes of gearing up we can be launching into Loch Laich near Castle Stalker and heading out into the Firth of Lorn.


One week in June, Annie and I were lucky enough to be on the water 5 nights out of 7!  Of course that was exceptional and one thing I’ve learnt being up here is that while England & Wales can be basking in an “Indian Summer”, we do get a hell of a lot of rain up here…

North Lismore, Shuna Island and the hills of Morven are now our backdrop, though with a 2Knt tide regularly running past Port Appin, we only venture over to Lismore when the wind is calm.


…as it was on the 10th June when we paddled over to Eilean nan Caorach and Inn Island.


…and then ferry glided back across towards Port Appin at the start of the flood tide.


…before turning to head North and back home…



About Andy Harpur

Interests : The Scottish Highlands, The Pennine Alps, The Milky Way, Abbot Ale, Mountaineering, Climbing, Mountain Biking, Canoeing, Sea Kayaking, Astronomy, Guitar, Penny Whistle. I live and breath for the outdoor lifestyle. New places, new faces, new adventures....
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3 Responses to Local Paddling

  1. Ian says:

    It’s a lovely area – I’ve enjoyed some super paddles here. Just happened across the blog and don’t know if it’s possible to “follow” in the same way as Blogger?

    Kind Regards


  2. Andy Harpur says:

    Hi Ian,
    Welcome! If you have java enabled there should be a little “follow” box appear in the bottom right hand side of your browser. Click on it and let me know how it goes 🙂

  3. Ian says:

    Hi Andy,

    Thanks, have clicked the box – not sure it works in quite the same way as Blogger, I’ll let you know!

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