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    • July 2018
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      Bev Askew at Loch ken
      Castle Douglas - United Kingdom
      Added on Sun, 01 Jul 2018 20:23:00 +0000

      Session date : 01/07/2018

      Gear used : Two Bare Feet 3 pc adjustable carbon

      Just paddling... :-)

      4.0 km

      Beautiful calm loch, lovely campsite and direct egress. Perfect!!

    • June 2018
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      John Smith at north berwick
      North Berwick - United Kingdom
      Added on Sun, 03 Jun 2018 17:22:14 +0000

      Session date : 03/06/2018

      Gear used : Starboard Nut

      Touring

      12.74 km

      02:49:27

      4.54 km/h

    • February 2018
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      Miss K at kilchurn castle
      Dalmally - United Kingdom
      Added on Sat, 24 Feb 2018 14:48:07 +0000

      Session date : 24/02/2018

      Surf

      1.33 km

      00:25:16

      3.23 km/h

    • August 2017
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      Steve Chambovey at Isle of Skye, Loch Pooltiel
      Isle of Skye - United Kingdom
      Added on Thu, 10 Aug 2017 11:54:56 +0000

      Session date : 12/07/2017

      Gear used : Red Paddle Co Ride & Jobe Bamboo Classic

    • July 2017
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      Martin Kerr at Castle Semple (Lochwinnoch))
      Lochwinnoch - United Kingdom
      Added on Tue, 04 Jul 2017 22:30:26 +0000

      Session date : 04/07/2017

      Gear used : Red Paddle Co Mega & Starboard Bolt

      Just paddling... :-)

      0.0 km

      01:00:00

      0.00 km/h

      Great session doing sweep turns, kick turns, tail paddling and draw strokes. Had the whole loch to myself :-)

    • June 2017
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      Michael Archer at loch meadows benarty way
      Kelty - United Kingdom
      Added on Sun, 18 Jun 2017 19:21:33 +0000

      Session date : 18/06/2017

      Just paddling... :-)

      3.73 km

      00:50:13

      4.49 km/h

      paddle round a loch l. lovely fresh water and rolling hills. F
      acility's further to the south of the loch.

    • August 2016
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      Tom Rootes at Gullane
      Gullane - United Kingdom
      Added on Mon, 22 Aug 2016 13:18:00 +0000

      Session date : 22/08/2016

      Just paddling... :-)

      31.63 km

      01:14:36

      25.71 km/h

    • January 2016
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      Rupert Vidion at Loch Lomond - Luss
      Alexandria - United Kingdom
      Added on Tue, 12 Jan 2016 22:13:42 +0000

      Session date : 12/01/2016

      Gear used : RRD Air Tourer Lightstripe & JP 3pc Glass/PE

      Just paddling... :-)

      1.8 km

      00:43:00

      2.54 km/h

      New paddle, new drysuit and first paddle of the new year.

    • October 2015
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      Patricia Ramaer at Loch Faskally
      Pitlochry - United Kingdom
      Added on Sun, 11 Oct 2015 17:33:51 +0000

      Session date : 11/10/2015

      Just paddling... :-)

      5.39 km

      01:56:29

      2.79 km/h

    • September 2015
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      Patricia Ramaer at Dobbies forth river
      Stirling - United Kingdom
      Added on Sat, 26 Sep 2015 12:06:09 +0000

      Session date : 26/09/2015

      River

      10.74 km

      02:38:58

      4.08 km/h

    • August 2015
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      Jean-Michel Rehm at St Andrews beach - Scotland
      St Andrews - United Kingdom
      Added on Fri, 07 Aug 2015 07:22:41 +0000

      Session date : 05/08/2014

      Gear used : REDWOODPADDLE Sup'r & REDWOODPADDLE Starter Alu

      Touring

      3.0 km

      01:00:00

      3.00 km/h

    • May 2015
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      Rupert Vidion at Loch Lomond - Luss
      Alexandria - United Kingdom
      Added on Sat, 16 May 2015 09:41:17 +0000

      Session date : 10/05/2015

      Gear used : RRD Air Tourer Lightstripe & JP 3pc Glass/PE

      Just paddling... :-)

      7.24 km

      02:01:00

      3.45 km/h

    • April 2015
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      Rupert Vidion at Loch Lomond North
      Alexandria - United Kingdom
      Added on Fri, 10 Apr 2015 18:50:42 +0000

      Session date : 09/04/2015

      Gear used : RRD Air Tourer Lightstripe & JP 3pc Glass/PE

      2.35 km

      01:00:00

      2.35 km/h

      A quick warm-up paddle before the main event - check out a full writeup on my blog http://bit.ly/1CryrAl

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      Rupert Vidion at Loch Lomond North
      Alexandria - United Kingdom
      Added on Fri, 10 Apr 2015 18:46:44 +0000

      Session date : 09/04/2015

      Gear used : RRD Air Tourer Lightstripe & JP 3pc Glass/PE

      Just paddling... :-)

      5.24 km

      01:40:00

      3.16 km/h

      Went for a paddle with a couple of friends on Loch Lomond, spent he first half of the paddle battling into the wind and then the wind died so didn't get to down-wind home. For more photos and a full report take a look here - http://bit.ly/1CryrAl

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      Nia Nova at Great Glen
      Fort William - United Kingdom
      Added on Sun, 05 Apr 2015 14:31:06 +0000

      Session date : 22/03/2014

      Gear used : Red Paddle Co Elite

      Long distance

      99.44 km

      14:44:00

      6.75 km/h

      Ultra Long Distance with the UK gang

    • March 2015
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      Rupert Vidion at Loch Lomond - Luss
      Alexandria - United Kingdom
      Added on Sun, 29 Mar 2015 17:54:14 +0000

      Session date : 28/03/2015

      Gear used : RRD Air Tourer Lightstripe & JP 3pc Glass/PE

      Just paddling... :-)

      1.73 km

      00:53:00

      1.97 km/h

      Unable to do the canoe tour we were hoping to because of the weather we took the boards out in the relatively sheltered bay at Luss on Loch Lomond.
      More Photos and a full writeup on my blog - http://bit.ly/19hQ4ur

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      Rupert Vidion at Loch Lomond - Luss
      Alexandria - United Kingdom
      Added on Wed, 25 Mar 2015 22:56:43 +0000

      Session date : 25/03/2015

      Gear used : RRD Air Tourer Lightstripe & JP 3pc Glass/PE

      Just paddling... :-)

      10.25 km

      02:06:00

      4.88 km/h

      Intrigued by the stories of Wallabies on Inchconnachan I headed back to Loch Lomond to see if I could see them and maybe get a photo or two.
      For the full write up and some more pictures have a look at my blog - http://bit.ly/1CbA4Eg

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      Rupert Vidion at Loch Ken Mid
      Castle Douglas - United Kingdom
      Added on Mon, 23 Mar 2015 22:21:00 +0000

      Session date : 22/03/2015

      Gear used : RRD Air Tourer Lightstripe & JP 3pc Glass/PE

      Just paddling... :-)

      3.56 km

      01:01:00

      3.23 km/h

      Went for a paddle on Loch Ken today and saw some of the amazing Red Kites wheeling over head. For a full write up and more photos check out my blog bit.ly/1CKUQwr

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      Rupert Vidion reviewed Loch Bradan - West
      Maybole - United Kingdom
      Added on Sat, 21 Mar 2015 21:53:49 +0000

      Loch Bradan is another one of those ubiquitous reservoirs of the Galloway Forest. It sits atop a steep gravel path, nestled amongst the hills of the Galloway Highlands. Slightly unusually Bradan is dammed at both ends, the west dam being, for want of a better word, the inflow and the east dam being the outflow. Access is either from a number of forestry tracks that branch from an unnamed road that leads south from Straiton, joining the A714 just north of Newton Stewart or from the Carrick Forest Drive which branches from the road that runs along the western shore of Loch Doon. Be careful when planning your route, Google Maps doesn’t distinguish between ‘C’ roads, forestry roads and goat tracks. Speaking of goat tracks, none of the roads are in great repair so take care and maybe leave the sports car at home for this one. Bradan sits in evergreen plantations to the west and open heather heath to east, giving the feeling of paddling from a close forest into an expansive hilltop landscape. More practically this means the western end of the loch provides a sheltered paddling spot in all by easterly winds. At only 3km at it’s longest Bradan doesn’t generate particularly big swell but would make an excellent location for a down-winder in the right conditions but would require a lot of driving for a fairly short ride. Put-Ins and Take-Outs I recommend putting in at the western dam, parking is waterside, there’s a water level grassy shelf and when the water level drops there’s a beach to launch from. Access is also possible near the eastern dam and several places along the northern shore. Recommended Paddles A rough ‘Y’ shape and with a shore line of about 10.5 km there’s plenty for a day’s paddling; I recommend the 6km out and back from one dam to the other if a full tour of the loch seems a little too much. Loch Bradan is pretty perfectly sized for a Microadventure, two hours paddling in the evening, an over night camp and then an hour in the morning. There is a lot of evidence of wild camping (which, if you’re doing it right, there shouldn’t be) so I’d guess it is tolerated but I can’t find any record of an official position on this. For more information about wild camping and Scottish law click http://bit.ly/1xsptRk. Caution should be taken around the eastern dam, the spillway there leads directly onto an impressive 25m near vertical slip! The western dam is an impressively stark strip of grey concrete, there’s no outflow or spillway here but there is an inlet channel tucked away on the southern edge.


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      Rupert Vidion at Loch Doon South
      Ayr - United Kingdom
      Added on Sat, 21 Mar 2015 21:09:08 +0000

      Session date : 21/03/2015

      Gear used : RRD Air Tourer Lightstripe & JP 3pc Glass/PE

      Just paddling... :-)

      4.69 km

      01:04:00

      2.93 km/h

      A quick paddle at my usual spot after work. Wind died away while I was out and the sunset was beautiful.
      Check out my blog post for a full right up and more photos.
      http://bit.ly/1MZi42X

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      Rupert Vidion reviewed Loch Lomond - Luss
      Alexandria - United Kingdom
      Added on Thu, 19 Mar 2015 19:10:35 +0000

      I was going to start this by saying "great little spot" but at 39km long, 8km and 190m deep in some places, that would be a little disingenuous. The southern end of Loch Lomond has lots of islands to explore. Some are essentially small rocks with a single tree perched atop, others have dwellings, ruins, castles, herds of deer and even a population of wild wallabies on Inchconnachan! Luss is a small village just off the A82 on the western shore of the loch. Luss is ideally placed to access the main island group from their northern end. There's plenty of parking, various cafés and a hotel. Parking in the large waterfront carpark is free between the end of October and beginning of April but there is a charge at all other times. If you have a SatNav use postcode G83 8PA. There is an extensive and pleasant artificial beach attached to the carpark. Not really a sandcastle beach but an excellent put-in with a shallow shelf that drops off into deep water. There are plenty of possible routes either following the shore or touring the islands. Be aware that Lomond is big enough that a fair swell can develop and it is easy to get caught a kilometre from shore. Wild camping is permitted on the shores of the northern end, in formal campsites on the eastern shore but forbidden on the islands. Landing on and exploring the islands is okay as long as you don't damage anything but be aware they are privately owned. Loch Lomond is very popular with pleasure boaters in the summer so care must be taken. There are lots of marker buoys in the loch and knowing what they indicate makes life easier and safer. VHF can be used here but only really for ship-to-ship communication. There is a voluntary rescue boat which operates on the loch. The usual advice stands: you have as much right to be on the water as anyone else but assume those on bigger vessels aren't looking for you and haven't seen you. For a more detailed review with route plans and some nice photos check out my blog http://bit.ly/1Oa9JNe


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      Rupert Vidion at Loch Lomond - Luss
      Alexandria - United Kingdom
      Added on Tue, 17 Mar 2015 21:58:43 +0000

      Session date : 17/03/2015

      Gear used : RRD Air Tourer Lightstripe & JP 3pc Glass/PE

      Touring

      7.5 km

      01:47:00

      4.21 km/h

      Microadventure! Bit of a paddle then stopped off for a spot of dinner on Inchlonaig.

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      Rupert Vidion at Loch Bradan - West
      Maybole - United Kingdom
      Added on Sun, 15 Mar 2015 20:57:51 +0000

      Session date : 15/03/2015

      Gear used : RRD Air Tourer Lightstripe & JP 3pc Glass/PE

      Just paddling... :-)

      1.61 km

      00:35:00

      2.77 km/h

      A little paddle at a new site for me. Got a bit windy and managed to damage my drysuit!

      Read the full write-up at http://bit.ly/1EhJHQ5

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      Rupert Vidion at Dunure
      Ayr - United Kingdom
      Added on Sun, 15 Mar 2015 01:10:49 +0000

      Session date : 14/03/2015

      Gear used : RRD Air Tourer Lightstripe & JP 3pc Glass/PE

      Just paddling... :-)

      2.54 km

      01:03:00

      1.69 km/h

      Lovely evening paddling the coast around Dunure.

      Check out my blog for a full writeup and more photos http://bit.ly/1Chy9kO @ SUPAyr

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      Rupert Vidion at Loch Doon North
      Ayr - United Kingdom
      Added on Fri, 13 Mar 2015 21:08:31 +0000

      Session date : 13/03/2015

      Gear used : RRD Air Tourer Lightstripe & JP 3pc Glass/PE

      Just paddling... :-)

      7.41 km

      A nice little paddle at my regular stomping ground.

      Check out the full right up and more pictures on my blog http://bit.ly/1CdPOtB

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      Rupert Vidion at Loch Doon North
      Ayr - United Kingdom
      Added on Wed, 04 Mar 2015 18:20:14 +0000

      Session date : 04/03/2015

      Gear used : RRD Air Tourer Lightstripe & JP 3pc Glass/PE

      Downwind

      4.84 km

      01:24:00

      3.46 km/h

      Wind picked up while I was out and I couldn't make headway so I decided that discretion is the better part of valour and portaged back to the car. Carrying 20kg of kit while wearing full immersion gear is VERY tiring. Full write-up at https://supayr.wordpress.com/2015/03/04/discretion-is-the-better-part-of-valour/

      @SUPAyr https://supayr.wordpress.com

    • February 2015
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      Rupert Vidion reviewed River Doon - Waterside
      Ayr - United Kingdom
      Added on Fri, 20 Feb 2015 23:45:50 +0000

      This is a nice little put-in with easy access and plenty of parking. This is an important fishing river so is best run on a Sunday (when fishing is prohibited in Scotland) or out of season. As always, a little respect and a wide birth do wonders for inter-sport relations. This is not a place for novices or children. The River Doon looks calm here but it is deep, fast flowing and there are many submerged rocks, shallow shale banks and flow features to deal with; even if you intend to portage every rapid, helmets, PFDs and an experienced buddy are essential. It is possible to paddle upstream and portage a few minor rapids all the way to Bogton Loch but the flow is fast in places and fairly strenuous. Downstream is a gentle 4km/1hr drift to Patna with four grade 2 rapids, the first and biggest (take the middle channel) of which is immediately downstream of the put-in. All of the rapids can be seen from a distance and are easily portaged. In the last km the river becomes shallower and submerged rocks more common. In Patna itself there are a series of rocky weirs that are unnavigable except when extra water is released from Loch Doon. Fins 6" or less should be okay with careful line choice. None of the rapids are complex or difficult, anyone with whitewater kayaking or rafting experience will be able to read them with ease. Most SUP surfers will have the balance and skills to ride them. Be careful putting-in, the river may look calm but is fairly fast flowing and the banks on the outside of most bends are heavily undercut and one heavy footstep away from collapsing in. This is not flat water and neither is it surf, you will fall and there are rocks; I cannot reiterate sufficiently that PFDs, helmets and an experienced buddy are essential.


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      Rupert Vidion at River Doon - Waterside
      Ayr - United Kingdom
      Added on Fri, 20 Feb 2015 15:01:00 +0000

      Session date : 20/02/2015

      Gear used : RRD Air Tourer Lightstripe & JP 3pc Glass/PE

      River

      3.53 km

      01:03:00

      2.35 km/h

      Sessioning some small rapids. I say small, but they look huge from the top!!
      @SUPAyr https://supayr.wordpress.com

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      Rupert Vidion at Loch Doon North
      Ayr - United Kingdom
      Added on Tue, 17 Feb 2015 17:58:05 +0000

      Session date : 17/02/2015

      Gear used : RRD Air Tourer Lightstripe & JP 3pc Glass/PE

      Just paddling... :-)

      1.97 km

      00:29:00

      4.10 km/h

      20mph wind whipping up the loch raised 0.35m waves. Paddled up into the wind and rode a wave to the northern shore before paddling back. Very short period wave and nothing exciting but really sweet to catch a wave on fresh water.
      @SUPAyr https://supayr.wordpress.com

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      Rupert Vidion at Loch Doon - Mid
      Ayr - United Kingdom
      Added on Thu, 12 Feb 2015 18:53:34 +0000

      Session date : 12/02/2015

      Gear used : RRD Air Tourer Lightstripe & JP 3pc Glass/PE

      Just paddling... :-)

      1.97 km

      00:31:00

      3.87 km/h

      The loch was absolutely glassy smooth this evening. In the video I'm travelling about 6kph according to Strava and there isn't even a ripple.
      @SUPAyr https://supayr.wordpress.com

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      Rupert Vidion reviewed Loch Doon - Mid
      Ayr - United Kingdom
      Added on Wed, 11 Feb 2015 20:19:01 +0000

      Probably my favourite put-in on Loch Doon. A pleasant afternoon can be had paddling an out-&-back from here to the Round House Cafe (passed on the drive in) at the dam for coffee and cake. There is space for three (carefully) parked cars at the head of the trail which leads to the water's edge; there's plenty more parking a few hundred yards in each direction. Access isn't arduous, the path is well surfaced and relatively short, but it isn't waterside parking; an iSUP or trolly makes life easier. At some point in the past this area had extensive surfacing for reasons unknown and the path was part of this. This part of the shore has seen extensive change in recent history, leaving some islands to explore and many submerged trees that give the water a somewhat eerie feel. The path splits into a left/right fork just past the shallow lagoon on the north of the peninsula. The left split has become a convenient slipway, the right leads to the east facing shore. The lagoon is reasonably sheltered, lying in the wind shadow of a small plantation. It offers an ideal area for teaching or less confident paddlers. The water is very shallow on the eastern edge of the lagoon, 9" fins are okay-ish but can bump and anything longer will catch on the rocky bottom. There is plenty of submerged vegetation in this area, but not enough to warrant swapping to a weed fin, if you have that luxury. A very nice area for a paddle which lends itself to being a base for out-&-backs; to the north is an afternoon, to the south a full day for most. At a push, on a good day, with a fast board, the wind behind you, starting early and finishing late this would be an ideal start/finish for a circumnavigation of Loch Doon. @SUPAyr https://supayr.wordpress.com


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      Rupert Vidion at Loch Doon - Mid
      Ayr - United Kingdom
      Added on Wed, 11 Feb 2015 19:35:44 +0000

      Session date : 11/02/2015

      Gear used : RRD Air Tourer Lightstripe & JP 3pc Glass/PE

      Just paddling... :-)

      3.14 km

      00:45:00

      4.19 km/h

      The loch was so still the water was like glass and completely deserted. I could have been a thousand miles from the next human being.
      @SUPAyr https://supayr.wordpress.com

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      Rupert Vidion reviewed Loch Tay - Eastern
      Aberfeldy - United Kingdom
      Added on Tue, 03 Feb 2015 17:44:14 +0000

      The eastern put-in of Loch Tay is a beach with reasonable parking. It is an easy paddle to a few islands as well as some of the historic Crannogs and Scotland's Crannog Centre. Please do not land on the crannogs, they are archaeological sites. If you the island you're heading to is suspiciously round and appears to be made of piled up stone, it's a crannog. Landing may be possible at the Scottish Crannog Centre's beach if you wish to visit the centre, but if you're considering doing this please contact them in advance and abide by their decision. Loch Tay is an excellent venue with an ideal put-in for teaching, training and novices. Remember that it is a popular site with many different users and a little respect and a wide birth does wonders for inter-sport relations.


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      Rupert Vidion at Loch Doon North
      Ayr - United Kingdom
      Added on Mon, 02 Feb 2015 19:19:06 +0000

      Session date : 26/01/2015

      Gear used : RRD Air Tourer Lightstripe & JP 3pc Glass/PE

      Just paddling... :-)

      0.4 km

      00:40:00

      0.61 km/h

      First time on a SUP in five years, nearly to the day. Full write-up https://supayr.wordpress.com/2015/02/27/dipping-a-toe-in-the-water-again/
      @ SUPAyr https://supayr.wordpress.com

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      Rupert Vidion reviewed Loch Doon North
      Ayr - United Kingdom
      Added on Mon, 02 Feb 2015 18:57:13 +0000

      Plenty of parking, nice little café, space to set up and several beaches to launch from. Loch Doon is a reservoir and as such the water level can vary a lot in a short space of time. Depending on the water level the northern put-in may have a small lagoon (too small and shallow to teach in) or gravel beaches. The café is open almost everyday from early Spring to mid Autumn and at weekends during all but the worst of the winter. Beware of the intakes for the dam but otherwise a fairly sheltered and easily accessible site good in most wind conditions. Though rocky with a steep drop into deep water a profusion of grass and pebble beaches make the shore easy to land on at almost any point. Nearby café is a definite boon as is the osprey nest just across the loch but please be considerate and avoid using their carpark. A lovely nature walk over the moor and back up the river Doon gorge starts from the same carpark. @SUPAyr https://supayr.wordpress.com


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      Rupert Vidion reviewed Loch Doon South
      Ayr - United Kingdom
      Added on Mon, 02 Feb 2015 18:46:11 +0000

      Makes an ideal launch site for trips around the south end of the loch or the start/finish of an end-2-ender. Nice, sheltered little bay in the crook of the promontory offers calm conditions in most weathers with enough space for novices or to practice drills. Easy access and easy launching from either beach (north or south side of promontory) or rock shelf (south). A short paddle takes you to the ruins of a castle which was moved when the valley was flooded to form a reservoir during the Second World War. The facade of the castle was rescued and reassembled on the loch side by the carpark. Plenty of parking and space to set up. Very popular in summer. Plenty of wild camping pitches.


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      Rupert Vidion reviewed Loch Ken Mid
      Castle Douglas - United Kingdom
      Added on Sun, 01 Feb 2015 16:26:04 +0000

      Loch Ken is a long, wiggly body of water with lots of little inlets, tributaries, islands and outflows to explore. Many migratory and native species of bird make Loch Ken their home, including Red Kites which can be seen hunting over the open fields of the lochs south eastern edge. Red squirrels are a common site in the trees on the western shore of the loch, though you may need you binoculars (make sure they a 1) water proof 2) float 3) are clipped off to you!). Even in poor weather Loch Ken makes for a pleasant paddle, with it's wiggly and sheltered nature keeping the worst of the wind off. The mid point put-in is easy to find and there's plenty of parking, though in high season it does get busy and parking may be an issue. From the carpark simply walk down the slipway and launch from there or the adjacent small shale beach. This put-in is used by canoers, kayakers, jet skiers, small power boats, big power boats, etc., etc., ad nauseum and can get very busy at the beginning and end of the day in summer. We all know how quick it is to launch a SUP but please be courteous and wait your turn to launch. A little respect and a wide birth go a long way. Loch Ken is a very popular destination, attracting enthusiasts of all types, and as such, even in the middle of winter one will encounter a variety of sizes of motor craft, many with fishing tackle in the water. Because of this it is a venue best left for intermediate to experienced paddlers. The usual warnings apply: assume any boat at anchor has gear in the water and that the skipper of any moving boat has their eyes glued firmly to the fish-finder. As always bit of respect and a wide birth goes a long way to maintaining good relations but remember you have as much right to be on the water as anyone else. On the subject of fishing tackle, lost gear and other detritus is not generally an issue outside of peak season; however there are many unexpectedly shallow areas of the loch, especially the south western shore, and lots of weed; for those with the luxury, fitting a weed fin is advisable if you plan on exploring the shore line. There is a shore base 4km north of the mid point put-in, so look out for water craft here, often being raced or in the hands of inexperienced users. Loch Ken Holiday Park (~300m south of the put in) rents out wetsuits, pedalos and and sit-on-top kayaks, so be wary of over exuberant children and "partying" adults in the water near here during the holidays! All in all Loch Ken is a lovely venue with reliable conditions but this comes with caveat that because of this it is very popular with all forms of water craft and water user.


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    • January 2015
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      Rupert Vidion reviewed Loch Tummel - Ardgualich Farm
      Pitlochry - United Kingdom
      Added on Fri, 30 Jan 2015 17:30:46 +0000

      Ardgualich Farm is a caravan park and campsite with it's own (small) private beach. Though mainly aimed at caravaners there are two camping areas, the smaller of which is big enough for three two person tents and a couple of cars and is adjacent to the site's private beach. If booked in advance it is possible to have this entire mini-peninsula and the beach to yourselves for the weekend. Access to the loch is also possible from the larger camping field however it is somewhat more difficult. Approximately eight paddle strokes from the beach there is a picturesque little island. The water between the peninsula and the island is fairly sheltered so an ideal spot for drills or teaching even with the wind blowing. East of this put-in the loch becomes tortuous as it narrows towards it's outflow. There are one or two small islands and an interesting shore line. Loch Tummel is technically a reservoir and as such it ends abruptly at a dam, so take care. The main body of the loch is to the west, it is wider and significantly more exposed here and can be challenging if the weather turns. Though only 890m at its widest, with the right wind waves of 60-70cm and less than 3m apart are not unusual. There is a shore base on the southern shore towards the western end. It is primarily sailing craft though there are normally safety boats (RHIBs) in the water if sailers are out. Their courses are clearly marked with buoys and they generally avoid the northern shore, presumably because of wind shadow. They are a friendly bunch and have previously rendered aid and hospitality to other water users in need. With prior discussion it may even be possible to park and put-in here but if you're considering this please contact them in advance and abide by their decision whatever it may be. A little bit of respect and a wide birth goes a long way in inter-sport relations. The loch is stocked with fish and there is an active boat angling club based there. The usual warnings apply: assume any boat at anchor has gear in the water and that the skipper of any moving boat has their eyes glued firmly to the fish-finder If you're considering making a weekend of it Loch Tummel is an excellent venue.


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