I was put into contact with Dean Dunbar, an awesome paddler, who stand up paddleboarded from Uist to St kilda, an awesome achievement, and after he told me that, I thought errrr, I m a bit rubbish at paddling…..
I m glad I had the chance to meet him, because even now I can remember ever place name on that loch – Picasso, tarzans house and the one on the right the marajauna mansion, what an epic way to name a Loch.
This was the 1st day of paddling with Kirsten, I had decided to go to Loch Tummel, the wind was westerly and I thought what an easy paddle, you know, Lochs are easy, easier than the sea, I thought. Nope, they are not, they are a lot harder to predict and paddle.
This is the training base of Dean and I reckon if he goes up and down there a lot, he is a monster man of a paddler.
Any way here is my next video – dedicated the kind and lovely Dunbar’s – Rhona and Dean…
End of October I went to Scotland, to search out some ideas for my new business idea, wilderness camping and stand up paddle boarding.
Kirsten and I have done this for a few years, with stand up paddle boards, we enjoy the thought of journeying and wild camping. Scotland being the ideal place. Its accessible and there are places that are truly remote.
Last year we headed to the Moror pennisula, we had wanted to go to Airisaig, but the weather gods were not with us. So like every good plan it changed to suit the weather.
We managed to get perfect weather and winds to do a down wind at Loch Treig, walk to the hostel in Loch Ossian and down wind back up Loch Ossian the day after. We were truly luck with the conditions.
On the way to Loch Ossian
Video of the Trip
The GPS route to Loch Ossian”
After such a such a successful few days we went into to Glen Affric, and had wanted to down wind and wild camp on the Loch. However, the van gods were against us, and I had to be towed to Fort Augustus. However, we did manage to get out stand up paddling on Loch Ness on some of the most pristine conditions that I have seen there….
Towed to Fort Augustus
So that was the premature end to the trip, the good thing is that Scotland will always be there, and I have the time to go back.
My first experience on surfski on Lochs in Scotland was at Loch Lubnaig, and wow what colours….. empty water, a few bemused tourists and the stunning colours of autumn. I was so impressed I did it twice….
Here’s a video of the outing….
During my paddle holiday to Scotland I was able to try white water SUP on the Spey and Findorn with the help of aquaplay, it was superb…check out my video and give it a try… Owner Jim took me the steps as the river is a different animal…that doesn’t stop.. I also went out with an awesome group of ladies of ladies from moray sup group. They paddle great and wow those rapids!
The 2nd outing I joined Tony Bain; Graeme Gordon and Jim for an outing on the Findhorn I was definitely more nervous but wow what fun.
If you get the chance do whitewater SUP.