Thursday, 3 December 2009

A Maiden Voyage

Back in early summer we took delivery of my wife's boat; a Rockpool Alaw supplied by Karitek. We decided on a nice place for the first paddle - Ardmair near Ullapool. We launched from the curving shingle beach and headed off in very calm conditions.

Ben Mor Coigach's summit was just in cloud as we paddled between Isle Martin and the mainland to explore the Iron Age fort below the hill's flank.

The new boat sparkled in the sunshine and seemed to match the colour of the sky on a beautiful day for a maiden voyage.


  1. Hi Ian,

    I wanted to let you know about all of these videos that the Canadian Tourism has produced about kayaking and canoeing in Canada. Feel free to pass them along to friends or embed on your blog:

    The Canadian Tourism Commission is also running a contest for residents of the UK to win a free, personalized trip to Canada. I would imagine your trip would have something to do with kayaking! To enter just take this quiz and find out what kind of traveller you are:


  2. Hi, I have just started kayaking in Nova Scotia.It is so like the West Coast of Scotland and there are are wonderful sheltered bays here at Blue Rocks. I will bookmark your site, so that I can spend time reading all your stories and maybe learning something about kayaking. Thanks, Jackie

  3. Hi Jacqueline, and welcome - I hope you enjoy the blog. Welcome too, to sea-kayaking. It's such a life-affirming pastime and very addictive as I'm sure you're finding!
    If you haven't already, have a look at Douglas Wilcox's blog at

    Kind Regards