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    Thanks for all your kind comments, guys. ...

    Thanks for all your kind comments, guys.

    Magikelly: I urge you to think very carefully before following the Pirates approach to portaging; do you really want to be that comfortable in camp and...
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    Part 2.

    The Siren Pool

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    The Siren Pool Tree

    Like a Siren of the moors, this pretty little pool tempts you in, and when you are ensnared,...
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    Call of the Wild

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    A month ago the islands that dot the lochs on Rannoch Moor looked drab and austere. Today, touched by Spring, their birches have...
  4. Looks an interesting route, and your pictures are...

    Looks an interesting route, and your pictures are outstanding, Thanks.
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    A great route, very entertaining read and...

    A great route, very entertaining read and brilliant photos. I especially liked looking at your various imaginative tent/canoe/tarp/wall camping setups. This is one of my favourite aspects of a trip....
  6. Thanks for taking the time to write this...

    Thanks for taking the time to write this wonderful blog that perfectly captures the feel of a real canoe trip. The sense of adventure grows as the story unfolds and you have to deal with all the...
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    Looks like you had a great time. Really enjoyed...

    Looks like you had a great time. Really enjoyed the photos. Thanks for taking the time to post.
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    Enjoyable blog. Thanks. Great photos - including...

    Enjoyable blog. Thanks. Great photos - including some nice-looking wood trim.
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    Really lovely pictures, especially the epic...

    Really lovely pictures, especially the epic skyscapes which really tell of challenging conditions. Glad you were able to find shelter. Looks like a great weekend. Thanks for posting.
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    Schooner - I do know that the cake was from one...

    Schooner - I do know that the cake was from one of the recipes in this book:

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    Elveys, Mal, Big Al, thanks for your kind...

    Elveys, Mal, Big Al, thanks for your kind comments.


    I am thinking of compiling the Inverpolly board game as a pdf for free download from my website, hopefully in time for Christmas. I may modify...
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    Going with the Flow

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    Canoeing in Scotland’s Far Northwest in October is always a gamble. The Autumn Storms are starting to drift in with increasing...
  13. Thanks Mark, the weather was much better than the...

    Thanks Mark, the weather was much better than the forecast and there was a great turnout. Thanks also for the advice on dehydrating you gave us last year. Our dehydrator is now going full tilt for...
  14. Weather forecast improves: Sunday session back on.

    Weather forecast improves: Sunday session back on.
  15. The Woodland Festival is happening tomorrow, but...

    The Woodland Festival is happening tomorrow, but please note that Sunday's session has been CANCELLED because of the terrible weather forecast. Can't be as bad as Inverpolly in a storm!
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    Thanks guys for your generous comments. Even...

    Thanks guys for your generous comments.


    Even though now you expect it, it's still depressing to come across thoughtless litter and damage so far out in the wild. Sadly, it seems that you can...
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    Thanks for posting; lovely pictures. Sunshine,...

    Thanks for posting; lovely pictures. Sunshine, blue skies, sparkly water - and rocks too. I think I am canoeing in the wrong place.
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    Part 2.

    A Game of Chess with the Wind


    The east wind hadnít dropped at all by next morning. All you could see out on the water was a lot of white and spray rising from the rocks around the edge of the...
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    Inverpolly: The Southwest Passage

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    Where do you take someone who wants a taste of classic canoe tripping, not just paddling, but the real deal ó paddle and...
  20. Just a reminder that this event is happening in...

    Just a reminder that this event is happening in two weeks time.
  21. Wood-canvas canoes and paddlemaking at the Elvaston Woodland Festival; Sept 22/23

    I will be doing some traditional and contemporary paddlemaking again at the Woodland Festival at Elvaston Castle Country Park, near Derby in a few weeks time (Sept 22nd and 23rd.) Please come along...
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    Shin-Cassley Circuit: the video

    Here's the video of last year's trip. (See here for the original story):

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    Really enjoyed this. Thanks. As ever, enthralled...

    Really enjoyed this. Thanks. As ever, enthralled by your fabulous array of cookware, and goblet-and-winebox approach to canoe tripping. We have often camped at the riverside campsite in Ballater on...
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    Very entertaining read and a great set of...

    Very entertaining read and a great set of pictures. Looks to have been a really memorable trip. Thanks for posting this.
  25. Great atmospheric pictures and blog of an...

    Great atmospheric pictures and blog of an interesting route. Thanks for taking the time to post.
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