Skye Sea Kayak Symposium

This last week Summer has seemed on the wane in Glencoe.  Last Monday I was up a ladder, shirtless, painting our house in warm sunshine, but days since have been grey and with days shortening and nights drawing in there is a hint of Autumn in the air.

It’s been a great Summer, lot’s happening and some adventures to blog about over coming months ; if I ever manage to find time with on-going DIY…  …So wind the clock back to the end of May when Stuart and I headed West for 3 days paddling at the 10th Skye Sea Kayak Symposium.

I’d been looking forward to this for some considerable time. I think it’s the first time the event has been held in the last 4 years.  Stuart and I left work and raced for the ferry from Malaig to Armadale making the Gaelic College, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, on Sleat in time to pitch our tents before Sundown…


The event attracted around 250 people, paddlers and their families. There was plenty of time to meet old friends and make new acquaintances.

On Saturday I joined a group for some tidal paddling under the Skye bridge. The standing waves that formed at the time felt quite big. Monday was spent in a Greenland rolling session with Cherri Perry & Turner Wilson which I really enjoyed.


However on Sunday of the event I had hoped to join a group paddling across to the Isle of Rum, but conditions were forecast to deteriorate that evening and so our attention switched to Soay below the famous Cuillin Hills. I’d kayaked here in the past, but it’s a great trip was well worth repeating.


It was a strong group that left Tarskavaig and for what was quite a long trip (35.6Km) we maintained a great speed with a moving average of 6.0Km/h throughout the day.


Passing Suidhe Biorach near Elgol


We reached Soay harbour near low water and it became an uphill haul into the bay…


Soay harbour : Here Tex Geddes and Gavin Maxwell (Ring of Bright Water fame) nearly wiped out the local basking shark population harvesting their livers for oil.  The harbour was said to have turned red when they butchered their catch.


The return home was made in good company with good scenery…

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….arriving back at Tarskavaig before the forecast change in the weather arrived.

Date : 26 May 2013 – 1 day before Spring Tide.
Ullapool : HW 08:25 LW 14:50
Max Speed : 9.7Km/h
Trip Odom : 35.6 Km
Moving Time : 5h 56min
Moving Average 6.0Km/h


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 Skye Sea Kayak Symposium

  1. Hi Andy thank you for this post, it has fair cheered me up. I was due to go to Skye for the Symposium but had to cancel due to knee problems requiring some visits to hospital. Unfortunately the treatment was not successful and now I need a much more serious open operation rather than keyhole surgery. I hope you keep up your posts so I can enjoy sea kayaking by proxy over the coming months of rehabilitation.

    • Andy Harpur says:

      Hi Douglas. I’ve sent you an e-mail and hope that your knee problems get resolved soon. Of course I’ll continue blogging as and when time allows. Get better soon… Andy

  2. oureverydayadventures365 says:

    Looks amazing!

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