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    • CommentAuthorSimon
    • CommentTimeApr 16th 2009 edited
     
    At the end of the book I wrote: 'Your experience of part or all of the Scottish Sea Kayak Trail may prove valuable to other kayakers. New shops and formal campsites might open, offering additional places to rest and re-supply, while some listed in this book might close. Transport services will change....You might even discover I’ve made what you consider to be mistakes.

    So please, share your experience through the website www.scottishseakayaktrail.com. Add to this cluster of knowledge and increase everyone’s understanding of how best to enjoy this beautiful coastline in a responsible, environmentally sustainable manner.'

    Well, this is the place to do it. Register, start a discussion in this section, and share your knowledge.
    Simon

    (While constructive criticism is welcome, abuse is not and will be removed.)
    • CommentAuthorTom Bragg
    • CommentTimeSep 15th 2009
     
    Thanks for the inspiring book, Simon. It should enthuse & enable lots of paddlers.

    Anne & I also kayaked Gigha to Ullapool in May/June 2009 - it was a delightful, challenging & rewarding journey. We blogged about it as we went: http://2engineersinakayak.blogspot.com/

    My main suggestion to anyone who has more than a week is to make a journey of it and not car-shuffle. I recommend Point Sands campsite, just north of Tayinloan, www.pointsands.co.uk where we started & left our car. We paddled mostly north, knowing we'd finish somewhere at midsummer, which happened to be the Summer Isles. We bussed back from Ullapool in a day (with all our gear & folded Feathercraft K2 kayak). OK - those of you with hard Kayaks would have to drive & collect them. But my point is that the longer you can kayak in these beautiful, wild surroundings, without car hassles, the more you can simplify life & become the journey.
    • CommentAuthorj.hussein
    • CommentTimeAug 22nd 2012
     
    Wonderful book Simon. I only just started kayaking a few years ago and am now hooked. Dangerously thinking of buying our own kayaks. Just completed our first unguided, wild journey around part of Mull this summer. While planning that trip, I realised there is little information about water sources, so I found it hard to gauge how much water to take with us. Perhaps I should not have been so cautious (it does rain alot in Scotland after all)but it would be useful to add notes in the book about water sources.
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    It rains a lot in northern Ireland too. Use it and save carrying the stuff about. There are some great filters on the market - Consider the TravelTap sold by Backpacking light of Malvern(http://www.backpackinglight.co.uk/page40.asp) which is light and cheap (at around £30) and very is happy to sit on your foredeck. This loads any water other than sea-water or urine and delivers good drinkable stuff as fast as you can drink it. HIgher capacity systems using the same elements (carbon filter) are available. Being able to use any water source is very liberating and I don't think we always need to rush to expensive systems like Katadyn, however good they are. Comments please.