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    Ay up you Scottish people up there in bonny scottish scotland. On Friday 13th (oops), we will be travelling over night up to the Applecross peninsula but first stopping, for a day, over on the east, at Ardross castle, where my girlfriend's brother is gamekeeper. I hope to be attempting to paddle the river Alness, around the castle. Has anyone done it/got any advice/ or want to tag along and keep an eye on this novice?

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    Try having a look here

    River Alness also known as Averon

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    Here are some pictures.

    I live about 35 miles up the road and if it is at the same height as our river there will be no water in it.
    But you could always paddle along the Cromarty Firth.

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    Last edited by bothyman; 8th-April-2007 at 08:28 PM.
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    Goat boated it a few weeks back. It's an excellent river dropping at an almost constant 0.1% for some 14km, there's always a horizon line. It's pretty much exciting and continous grade II/III, and quite fast at any sort of decent water level.

    This wee slot is about a kilometer below the castle, but is hardest rapid on the river.



    There are a few more pictures here, the first four are the Averon.


    As bothyman pointed out, it will probably be too low. You want it to be above 0.8 on the guage on this page:

    http://www.sepa.org.uk/data/river_levels/data.htm

    Keep an eye on it though as a bit of rain will soon have it up.
    Last edited by urchaidh; 8th-April-2007 at 07:00 PM.
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    I thank you all for the piccies and advice, but I will be in a canoe - not a kayak. I am also a novice and those pictures look a bit beyond my skill level, although that's never stopped me before. I'll check it out when we get up there.

    Have any of you got any suggestions for a paddle when we get across to the Applecross peninsula?

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    you could try the carron from loch dughaill to the sea, gr II. if the wave is up on the applecross river, its a giggle. if it's calm, there's the sea, nice around poll creadha, seals n white sand here and there.
    Last edited by vic; 8th-April-2007 at 08:27 PM.

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    If you get stuck you could always cycle over the Beallach na ba, the highest pass in the uk. gruelling but satisfying .
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    If you want a river to paddle you could go up the road to Bonar Bridge and go up the Kyle of Sutherland no problem with a lack of water if you get the tides right.
    its in the Scottish Canoe Touring book.
    You even get a Castle to canoe past, plus you can stay in it if you want as its a Youth Hostel.

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    Thanks for those suggestions, matey's. I'll try to do em all.

    I did have a quick glance at the map last night and wondered whether the river Torridon was do-able down into Torridon village. Any info on that?
    Last edited by Stavros; 9th-April-2007 at 11:12 AM. Reason: typo

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