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Arran coastal paddling - day trips from Smugglers Den


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Arran again! Day paddles about 15km, which can be lengthened.

Smugglers Den near Corrie, will be our base for a few days. October can be nice weather, but be prepared for some walking just in case we can't paddle every day.   

The aim is to have safe paddles in beautiful scenery and observe the amazing nature Arran has to offer.  Arran's wild life is wonderful - porpoises, dolphins, eagles, otters  gannets, basking sharks, red deer, gannets, etc.. Can't promise seeing all of the above, but we will see lots of geology.

Possible paddles include:

·       1km crossing to Holy Isle to see Buddhist retreat, soay sheep, eriskay ponies, etc,

·       from Brodick to Fallen Rocks, returning to finish at Smugglers Den 

.       tour of Brodick Bay, including paddle up the river and visit to Brodick Castle Harbour      

  .     from Kildonan to Whiting Bay by Dippen Head, and maybe around Pladda

·       Lochranza to Sannox alongside varied geological features

·       Brodick to Clauchlands point and beyond       

.       Machrie to Blackwaterfoot past Kings Cave and basalt columns

We have 8 individual beds, 3 bathrooms, large kitchen, etc, for our comfort. Please be prepared to share a twin room or sleep on a bed settee. Please bring sheet sleeping bag and pillow case.

Cost is £60 each to cover the house-keeping expenses, 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 nearby!

1. Event co-ordinator Annette Morris

2. Trip Leaders: Annette Morris

3. Trip type: Coastal sea kayaking with short crossings to Holy Isle and Pladda

4. Level of ability: Improver or better

5. Date:  16th to 20th October 2023 (option to stay till Saturday 21st)

6. Venue: Isle of Arran, Smuggler's Den | Smuggler's Den in Corrie (cottages-and-castles.co.uk)

7. Meet location/time: Monday 16th evening or Tuesday.

8. Travel: 2.5 hours from Carlisle to Ardrossan ferry.  Return Friday 20th afternoon 16.40 ferry.

Return fare about £33 for a car and £8 per person. Or wheel your kayak on to ferry.

9. Sea kayaks only. 

Any questions 07740 740516

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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Thanks for signing up. Trip full now. 

I'll set up a WhatsApp group soon. I'll book my ferry next and hopefully we can arrange for some of us to share lifts.

Any questions PM me 07740 740516.

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Hi Lynne

If anyone drops out, I'll contact you. If there is enough interest I'll run another trip in November, as I'll be on Arran at Smugglers Den most of November. Water will still be warm, autumn colours beautiful and dolphins & otters still around.

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