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Lakeland Canoe Club

Firth of Clyde day trips (16th to 18th August 2022)


Event details


This is three individual day trips in the usually sheltered beautiful Firth of Clyde in the Largs West Kilbride area.  Options for paddling depending on weather include:

-        circumnavigation of Wee Cumbrae from Portencross Castle or Fairlie. This involves a 3 km crossing. We can visit the old lighthouse and experience magnificent views over to Arran and the Cowal peninsula

-        circumnavigation of Big Cumbrae from Largs Marina. This involves a 2 km crossing followed by 15km round. A visit to the seaside town of Millport is a must.  Porpoises, common seals and Kylie the dolphin likely to be seen,

-        coastal paddling south past the old sea plane hanger, the defunct coal depot to Hunterston. Or north to the famous Wemyss Bay station stopping for an ice cream at Nardinis in Largs,

-        paddle down to Horse Isle near Ardrossan from Seamill or Portencross to see the nature reserve,  

-        if weather is settled and team up for it, it’s a 2 hour paddle (about 11km) over to Isle of Bute.

We’ll be centre based near Largs Marina with the option to camp at Kelburn Castle or use a nearby B&B.

The intention is to meet midday Tuesday and finish later on Thursday.

I’ll be camping Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, and travel Tuesday morning and Thursday evening.


1. Event co-ordinator Annette Morris

2. Trip Leader: Annette Morris

3. Trip type: Coastal sea kayaking and short crossings to islands

4. Level of ability: Improver, Intermediate or better

5. Date: Tuesday 16th August to Thursday 18th August

6. Venue The Clyde - Fairlie/Largs

Accommodation: Camping (Kelburn Castle, Fairlie, near Largs) £5 per night for grass pitch and £5 per peson.  Hard standing and hook ups also available. Two small tents can fit on one pitch, so contact me if no pitches available on website.

 https://www.kelburnestate.com/stay/   Kelburn Estate, Fairlie, Largs, KA29 0BE


Free Motorhome parking at Largs Marina Yacht Haven (but no facilities). Irvine Road (A78), Largs, KA30 8EZ.  This is about 1km from the Kelburn Castle camping.

Or book in to a nearby B&B. 

Pubs, restaurants and chip shops are within walking distance

7. Meet location/time: Kelburn campsite at 12 noon (then probably Fairlie or Largs Marina at 13:00 - check on WhatsApp group)

8. Travel: 2.5 hours from Carlisle to Largs

9. Sea kayaks only

Unless very windy there should be somewhere we can paddle. Bring your walking shoes in case too windy to paddle each day. The grounds of Kelburn Castle are magnificent.  Beach at Seamill and cliffs at Portencross are worth a visit.


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.

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Glad you can come along. Probably best if you book a pitch now, so any late comers can double up.

Let's hope we get some calm weather like we did on Arran.

Ray is bringing his caravan!

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Hi Dave

Yes, both please join us. If you want to camp at Kelburn Castle, please contact them to book. If they are full Richard and me will share a grass pitch, and you can have one of the two we've booked. They also have hard standing for campers. We're aiming to meet at the campsite at 12 noon. After pitching tents we'll pop across the road to Largs Marina and be on the water between 13.30 and 2pm. Ideally we'd then do Big Cumbrae - which is about 4 hours from Largs Marina with a couple of stops.

Let me know how you get on with campsite. Lots of B& Bs in area too.

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Contacted the camp site - shows availability but wouldn't process payment rang them and they couldn't explain they also tried to process without luck. I mentioned it was a group and we might be able to share pitches - the receptionist said this would be ok but they needed the details/names to process the paperwork! Unfortunately the receptionist who can deal with this is not available until tomorrow - I'll ring them and explain that you and Richard will share a pitch - Dave 7 Sue take one of your pitches.  Thanks and see you on Tuesday (I'll let you know how I get on) .   

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