Imagine you are at the edge of the sea on a day when it is difficult to say where the land ends and the sea begins and where the sea ends and the sky begins. Sea kayaking lets you explore these and your own boundaries and broadens your horizons. Sea kayaking is the new mountaineering.
Tuesday, September 06, 2011
A flying crossing from Bute.
From Garroch Head on Bute we set off for...
...the Little Cumbrae island in perfect sea kayaking conditions. We had sun, a following wind and helpful waves. My maximum speed was 13.6km/hour and for most of the stretch from the Little Cumbrae to Portencross, we kept up 8-11km/hour.
We were soon back at Portencross Castle on the north Ayrshire coast..
Garroch Head can just be seen in the distance, behind my mast.
This was definitely my fastest time for this crossing which is one of our regular trips.
With views like this to Arran, you might understand the frequency of our return visits.
This little trip was 34km and was less than an hour's drive from Glasgow. I highly recommend it if you are ever in the area. From the south end of Bute, the view over to the mountains round Glen Sannox on Arran is superb, easily a match for the more famous mountain and sea view over Loch Scavaig to the Skye Cuillin from Elgol.