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Lakeland Canoe Club

Arran coastal paddling - centre based

Event details

This event began 03/13/2022 and repeats every day until 03/17/2022


Isle of Arran (13th to 17th March 2022)

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)

6. Venue : Isle of Arran, Ayrshire, Scotland

7. Meet location / time : Sunday afternoon or evening at Smugglers Den holiday house. Location shown on website: http://www.smugglersden.info/

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. 

9. Sea kayaks only

Please read notes re trips here:


I am happy to co-ordinate and lead the trip. However, as we will be a team, we are jointly responsible for each other’s safety on the water.

Please ensure you carry the correct kit for the trip you are attending.


Recommended Comments

Apologies I've organised this back to front, starting with the WhatsApp message as a heads-up. We have a full team, so the trip is full.  I will organise more, knowing that a winter trip on Arran is so popular (despite unreliable ferries and weather!). 

Team is Tom, Kate, Ray, Simon, Rob and me.

Please can just Tom, Simon, Rob, Ray and me RSVP when RSVP is open. 

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