Smugglers Den near Corrie, my holiday house, will be our base. Weather may be inclement so I can’t guarantee paddles every day, but can guarantee superb coastal scenery and comfortable accommodation and views of otters. Unless extreme weather, there is usually a sheltered spot some where on the island for a short paddle. Bring your walking boots in case too windy to paddle.
The aim is to have safe paddles in beautiful scenery and observe the amazing wild-life Arran has to offer. Probably about 4 hours paddling a day or less if a windy day; options for longer paddles if weather is calm. The likely paddles will be Smugglers Den to Brodick Bay (with fantastic views up to the castle and Goat fell), around Lamlash Bay and maybe over to Holy Isle, and Lochranza to Sannox. Launching from Smugglers Den is possible at high tide, which is each morning we are there.
Suggest £12.50 a night per person (£50 for the trip) to cover the house-keeping costs and in addition we share cooking costs and duties (Co-op is only 4 miles away - so easy). And there is a chip shop and pub!
1. Event co-ordinator Annette Morris
2. Trip Leader: Annette Morris, Trip co-leader: Rob Hitchmough
3. Trip type: Coastal sea kayaking
4. Level of ability : Intermediate
5. Date: Sunday 13th March to Thursday 17th March (4 nights)
8. Travel: 2.5 hours from Carlisle to Ardrossan ferry. Return fare £32 for a car and £8 per person - suggest 12.30, 15.20 or 18.00 (12.30 if you want a short paddle Sunday afternoon). Return Thursday 17th 8.20, 11.05, 13.50 or 16.40. Option to arrive a day earlier and stay a day later to make best use of weather.