Monday, January 01, 2007

Sea kayaking pubs: the Old Forge, Inverie

Sitting in the pub after our abortive Mull of Galloway trip, I reflected on more positive sea kayaking encounters with premises of a licensed nature. First to mind, came the Old Forge Inn at Inverie, Knoydart. Although it is on the Scottish mainland, there is no road in, so ferry or kayak trips are essential if you wish to sup their fine ales.

They do not seem to mind dripping dry suits.

These fine gentlemen, with whom we enjoyed passing a good part of a short winter afternoon in pleasant conversation, were dripping blood on the floor. They had just come off the hill where they had been gralloching deer. No one bothered about their drips either.

After some time, we made our way back down Loch Nevis to Mallaig where we arrived after nightfall.


  1. Douglas, wishing you happy paddling for 2007.
    I am wondering if I can ask you if you know anybody who paddles the forth in the Stirling area. I am wanting to take a beginner out, their garden borders onto the river but they think its quite tidal and as I don't know it at all I thought some advice would be welcome.

  2. Hello Claire, I do not know anyone who paddles the Forth at Stirling. I know it is tidal nearly to the MN motorway bridge. I have used my sea kayak on the River Spey with some success.

  3. cheers anyway Douglas, their garden is on the river bank looking across to a wee flat island with an abandoned house on it, I'll maybe take a paddle round it first myself.