Glenuig Weekend/Social Autumn 2017 @ Glenuig
Oct 21 – Oct 22 all-day

As many of you know Janice has hosted the club at her caravan in Glenuig for several years.  This weekend is aimed at being a paddling weekend plus social.  It’s a great base for kayaking – plenty A/B trip options – Arisaig, castle tioram, lochailort….

Will have use of at least 2 vans so we can all prepare food and eat In vans.  I will do dinner on Saturday night so we can all eat together. Cost is trip fee plus food costs.

To book a place contact Janice

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.

LochAwe Weekend @ LochAwe Weekend
Nov 11 @ 7:00 pm – Nov 13 @ 5:00 pm

A weekend of paddling suitable for all with available options including some inland loch trips, sea trips and hopefully a nice gentle Grade 2 lower River Orchy, ideal for Canadians. Based in Lochawe Village Hall accommodation is low cost bunkhouse dormitory style (one large room, a smaller ladies room  and bring your own beds and no showers on site I am afraid, but clean toilets, a small kitchen and plenty heating – also some space in Graham’s cottage and a couple of showers too). We are planning to make this a 2 day opportunity to do some loch, river and sea paddling (LochAwe, Loch Etive etc). We also think this could a great chance for newly qualified coaches and 4 star aspirants to practice leading and coaching in a safe environment or just to have a couple of days out. This trip should suit adults and children over 10. Single day options available too!

 Organisor: Graham (grahammswanson@gmail.com) but volunteer helpers, catering crew and trip leaders needed.


2014 Photos Below:

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.

Mince Pie Paddle 2017
Dec 17 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Mince Pie Paddle is a great DCKC tradition. We paddle from Balmaha to Inchcailloch. Have barbecue- including mince pies heated on barbecue. Walk to the top for a wonderful view. Then back round Inchcailloch to Balmaha. Perfect escape from Christmas Hustle and bustle. Easy paddle and just wonderful if weather right. In recent years weather has not been kind however this year……..fingers crossed.

Meet at the container at 9am if equipment required or at 10am at Balmaha.

Contact me on my mobile.
janice gow – 07837 402485

A trip – The Top of Loch Fyne
Jan 28 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

An A trip based in the top of Loch Fyne. Potential sights include castles, berwery visit, Inverary, Scotland’s tallest tree and more.

Contact is Graham. See Club Contacts for more info.

Canal Trip: Forth and Clyde Canal: Stables to Auchinstarry and back
Feb 4 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

A paddle along one of Scotland’s most scenic canals.

Organiser is Iain McGies. See club contacts for contact info.


River Endrick Trip @ Meet at outdoor Store
Mar 4 @ 9:00 am – 5:30 pm

An A/B trip as part of our A/B trip Program.

Lead: ___Ian McGie____ Phone: 07990840300

(Further Club Contacts are also available at http://dckc.co.uk/members-pages/contact-details/ and are password protected. The password should be provided to all club members – email grahammswanson@gmail.com if you need it).

Please remember to give the respective trip leader at least ONE WEEKS notice if you would like to attend a trip. This is especially important if you intend to borrow club equipment. Also please contact the Trip leader the night before to check for any final updates regarding information. (Weather, Meeting points, etc.). If you are a newcomer you should start off with club coach led sessions in the pool and loch and then attend a Grade A trip so that you can judge your capabilities against other paddlers and minimise the risk to yourself. Please ensure you have learnt forward paddling, support strokes, capsize drill and X-rescue (re-entering a boat from deep water) before attending an A trip.

Useful Club Guidance:

Sea Kayak Equipment Lists: http://dckc.co.uk/resources/sea-kayak-equipment-lists/
River and Sea Grades: http://dckc.co.uk/resources/river-sea-kayakinggrades/

After the Trip
Taken some pictures, had some fun then…
Contact Graham for a Smugmug Folder Link for the trip and everyone you can upload photos to a single folder on the club’s smugmug photo website.
Write a trip report to share the tale of your adventure and forward it for publishing on the website or newsletter.

Bothy Sea Trip
Mar 10 – Mar 11 all-day

An overnight sea trip. Bothy based for comfort. Organisor is Misha. See Club Contacts for details.

Loch Ard Trip
Apr 8 all-day

A trip on stunning Loch Ard.


Contact is Iain McGie. Club Contacts Page

Maidens to Dunure
May 6 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Maidens to Dunure A/B trip. Maidens harbour to Dunure harbour and back.Scenic Ayrshire coast past Culzean castle. Lunch at Dunure. Outdoor container 8am for those needing kit. Details from Iain Mc. 07990840300 and also phone around 7pm evening before to check weather permits.