Oct 21 all-day

This paddle will take us 5km out into the Firth of Forth to Inchkeith Island.  This is a very historic island with lots of military fortifications,  some dating back almost to the early 19th Century to be seen on the island.  Who knows  we may even have some very close encounters with Seals on this trip!  Meeting at the stores for 9am or at Burntisland for 10.30am.  Total distance for this trip will be around 14km.

Loch Lomond Night Paddle
Nov 3 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

A night paddle leaving from Balmaha and heading around some of the various islands before returning back to Balmaha.  Total distance approx 16km. meeting up at Balmaha for 7pm.   This trip will go ahead if the winds are F2 or less.

Firth of Clyde
Nov 4 all-day

A short paddle departing from Helensburgh and travelling down the Clyde to Kilcreggan and back.  Distance approx 16km.  Meeting at the Store for 9am or Helensburgh for 10am.  This trip will go ahead if the winds are F3 or less.

Monthly Beginners Trip (Not October) @ Outdoor Store
Nov 5 @ 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

So you have come to a few pool sessions or Tuesday night Loch sessions. You have done your capsize drill and managed to solve going in a straight line. What next? Come to one of our monthly beginners trips of course!

These are held once a month, usually the first Saturday or Sunday of the month and are run by one of the club coaches on a canal, sheltered loch, very gentle river. They give the opportunity to get enough experience to start going on more advanced A trips or Grade 2 river trips.

The first step is to contact the organisor! You should do this at least one week in advance so he/she has time to plan the day. It is useful if you know if you have transport and a roof rack as not all the coaches can tow a trailer! On the day you will be outfitted with kit (Buoyancy aid, wetsuit, cagoule) and looked after. You do need to bring lunch and and change of clothing as well as clothes to wear under the wetsuit/on your feet.

Price: £2 for the trip plus any equipment (£2 kayak, £1 other equipment). To a maximum of £5. For children there is no cost for the equipment.

Useful links:

The coach for the trips varies. For 2017 we currently have

5th March – Iain McGie – Speak to Iain or grahammswanson@gmail.com – Planned: Canal Stables to Auchinstarry and back
2nd April – Tristan Armstrong – tristan.tj.armstrong@googlemail.com – Venue TBC
7th May – Loch Lubnaig- TBC & Sandy – sandy.johnston@sky.com
4th June – River Leven – Alan Rollo & Sandy – sandy.johnston@sky.com
2nd July – Exploring Loch Lomond’s Islands – Alan Rollo (07775 827 981), Leigh & Geri
6th August – River Leven – Leigh & TBC (0774832610)
2nd September (Saturday) – Helensburgh – Ross McKillop and Geri – Contact : rossmck100@gmail.com
1st October – CANCELLED
5th November – Alan Rollo & Geri
TBC December –

Note: Beginners trips are only open to club members.

Loch Lubnig
Nov 18 all-day

A beautiful paddle on Loch Lubnig, just a few miles north of Callander.  The total distance for this  paddle is around 16km.  There will be a lunch stop at a cafe on the Lochside on this trip…or you can have your lunch outside in the cold!!!!!

Meeting up at the stores for 9am or the first large car park at the south end of Loch Lubnig for 10:15am.

Loch Lomond Night Paddle
Dec 2 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

A Night Paddle on Loch Lomond, meeting at Balmaha at 5pm.  Then heading out between the various Islands to reach Luss before returning to Balmaha for 10pm.  This trip requires winds of F2 or less and clear skies to go ahead.