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    So, gauging interest in a mini-meet or whatever you'd like to term it, but basically a Rendezvous here in Knoydart.

    I live in Inverie, so not too far for me to travel...

    What there is:

    Campsite - loads of space, fires etc, small cooking area if it happens to be a bit inclement. Composting Loo
    Bunkhouse - basic but all the comforts of home, even Wi-Fi if you can't do without.
    A variety of Self-catering places from simple to the ridiculously expensive

    Two ferry services in the summer, both willing and able to convey canoes. Also a LARGE freight service that I could speak with to get ALL the canoes and heavy lifting done by.
    Possibility of local Powerboat drop off's with canoes to remoter locations.

    Open sea-loch with some great coastal paddling to remote beaches and coves, including local sheltered options. Otters, Porpoise, Sea-Eagles, Golden Eagle on regular basis, seals, and lots of other wildlife. Stunning backdrops. Abandoned settlements. Great Mackerel and Pollock fishing, drop a creel for your own Lobster and Langoustine..

    Remotest mainland pub in the UK ( I know the landlord personally, and can arrange for a Ceilidh etc).

    Hill-Walking on the doorstep and remoter ventures available.

    My few Swift boats available, more if Greg appears
    I'll speak with Jude and see if I can get some of his paddles over

    Anyone with good Bushcraft credentials could have a feast on the plate with some sea-shore foraging and a wander through the forests.

    I'm happy to either Guide groups or give some Coaching.

    ADVENTURE

    and, probably a lot more besides..

    What you don't get:
    No vehicle access
    No showers if you're at the campsite, although we could look at using the bunkhouse.
    Guaranteed good weather, bring walking boots, wet weather gear

    What I need to know for now:
    Who is interested? If I can gauge numbers I can look at options locally for logistics and also look at parking for you all in Mallaig (Free by the way, can be limited in the summer).

    Dates:
    Would have to be after the 23 July and before mid-August for me due to Guiding commitments

    A few images below from July to Oct 2015 period. I could show more, but I don't want you to feel pressured in coming for such a glorious location...


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    I'm not a 'Big Meet' person but this I'm interested in; subject to dates, logistics, weather and importantly family buy in...

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    Yip ! am up for a paddle , I take it it's a Friday to Monday meet ,,,any dates are fine for me

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    This could be a wonderful occasion, even getting there is part of the adventure, and Inverie has a special atmosphere. The campsite is right on the shore line, looking out towards the sunset, in one of the wildest parts of Britain. The lochs and mountains are unsurpassed in these isles. And the pub is one everybody should visit once in their life, especially if there's a ceilidh on...

    Not sure I can make it, I seem to have already planned my whole holiday diary and have almost no days left, and its a long way from Sussex on a Friday night! But if anybody CAN make it, I urge you to consider it strongly, it will be an unforgettable event.

    (Heads off to see how easily I can fly/train up overnight to minimise time off needed)
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    Heads off to see how easily I can fly/train up overnight to minimise time off needed
    Perfect Ally trip

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    Definitely interested, be date dependent due to work, but if I can fit it in I will.

    stewart

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattT View Post
    Open sea-loch with some great coastal paddling to remote beaches and coves, including local sheltered options. Otters, Porpoise, Sea-Eagles, Golden Eagle on regular basis, seals, and lots of other wildlife. Stunning backdrops. Abandoned settlements. Great Mackerel and Pollock fishing, drop a creel for your own Lobster and Langoustine..

    Remotest mainland pub in the UK ( I know the landlord personally, and can arrange for a Ceilidh etc) [...] Hill-Walking on the doorstep and remoter ventures available [...]

    ADVENTURE

    and, probably a lot more besides..
    We'll be there and...

    Quote Originally Posted by Mal Grey View Post
    [...]it will be an unforgettable event [...] (Heads off to see how easily I can fly/train up overnight to minimise time off needed)
    ...within reason, I don't mind doing some shuttles in the van. Can seat 8 (including me) if I set it up right!

    Quote Originally Posted by mattT View Post
    My few Swift boats available, more if Greg appears
    We should be able to hook up a 6-boat trailer. Seem to be able to get 12 boats OK between that and the roof if they're mine - goes down a little if we're transporting for others....

    Quote Originally Posted by mattT View Post
    I'll speak with Jude and see if I can get some of his paddles over
    Should be feasible to round up a few more to go with those I've got. May also be possible to get some from Tim / Edenwood.

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    Dates Possibilities:
    Mid-week option - 25th - 29th July

    Long weekend options - 29/7 - 1/8, 5 - 8/8, 12 - 15/8 and 19 - 22/8







    However it is not always nice and sunny, it is the West coast of Scotland...




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    In time honoured fashion...... Add the preferred date for you, no ambiguity...

    1] Matt T
    2]

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    1] Matt T
    2] Greg + Family - any of the dates...

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    1] Matt T
    2] Greg + Family - any of the dates...
    3] Jag009 ---any dates fine with me

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    1] Matt T
    2] Greg + Family - any of the dates...
    3] Jag009 ---any dates fine with me
    4] idc --- dependent on persuading family, so any of those dates possible ... How close, and where's the nearest station if I'm going to try and bring a folding canoe by train/bus (as per Davy90's challenge)?

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    1] Matt T
    2] Greg + Family - any of the dates...
    3] Jag009 ---any dates fine with me
    4] Jimmyads - any dates fine with me
    If in doubt, hit it with a hammer!!

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    IDC and Jimmyads posted at the same time... and maybe we'll get a clearer idea of numbers if we distinguish folk looking into practicalities from folk who are happy to commit....

    Confirmed:

    1] Matt T
    2] Greg + Family - any of the dates...
    3] Jag009 ---any dates fine with me
    4] Jimmyads - any dates fine with me

    Maybe:

    1] Davy90
    2] Stewart
    3] Mal Grey
    4]
    idc --- dependent on persuading family, so any of those dates possible ...

    Outstanding query for Matt:

    Quote Originally Posted by IDC
    How close, and where's the nearest station if I'm going to try and bring a folding canoe by train/bus (as per Davy90's challenge)?
    Last edited by GregandGinaS; 10th-February-2016 at 05:43 PM.

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    I'd love to get there but not sure how. It would also depend on dates as I'm in Sweden (or driving there) from around 10/08. I'll check it out.
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    Nearest Railway is Mallaig approx 100m from the ferry... Accessible from London and most places inbetween via Glasgow and the Harry Potter Express from Fort William (another reason to bring the kids).

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    Confirmed:

    1] Matt T
    2] Greg + Family - any of the dates...
    3] Jag009 ---any dates fine with me
    4] Jimmyads - any dates fine with me

    Maybe:

    1] Davy90 + family 29/07 - 01/08 preferred
    2] Stewart
    3] Mal Grey
    4] idc --- dependent on persuading family, so any of those dates possible ...







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    Cheers for sortin the list, I tried but its hard work on my phone
    If in doubt, hit it with a hammer!!

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    I have a spare seat in the van going if someone needs it ,can pick up in Glasgow if needed

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    Wow, I would love to come.

    I could do either late July or early August, weekend or midweek.

    So is it an option to get the train and borrow a canoe or is it the long drive with the canoe on the roof?

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    Confirmed:

    1] Matt T
    2] Greg + Family - any of the dates...
    3] Jag009 ---any dates fine with me
    4] Jimmyads - any dates fine with me
    5] Sutchy



    Maybe:

    1] Davy90 + family 29/07 - 01/08 preferred
    2] Stewart
    3] Mal Grey
    4] idc --- dependent on persuading family, so any of those dates possible ...



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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkL View Post
    I'd love to get there but not sure how. It would also depend on dates as I'm in Sweden (or driving there) from around 10/08. I'll check it out.
    Mark you just need to get yourself over here, we can sort out the pick up and drive up from the airport.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sutchy View Post
    Mark you just need to get yourself over here, we can sort out the pick up and drive up from the airport.
    Cheers mate. Flights to the north will be the thing depending on final dates. Fancy it though.... Oh yeah, and a boat too :-)

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    1] Matt T
    2] Greg + Family - any of the dates...
    3] Jag009 ---any dates fine with me
    4] Jimmyads - any dates fine with me
    5] Sutchy



    Maybe:

    1] Davy90 + family 29/07 - 01/08 preferred
    2] Stewart
    3] Mal Grey
    4] idc --- dependent on persuading family, so any of those dates possible ...
    5) MarkL depending on final dates. before 10/08
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    Would any of the paddling be suitable for a novice, or would that be largely weather dependent?

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    I'm a definite maybe, I've walked along the south side of Loch Nevis many years ago and have always wanted to visit knoydart.

    Craig. ....

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    Quote Originally Posted by firedfromthecircus View Post
    Would any of the paddling be suitable for a novice, or would that be largely weather dependent?
    Only one or two of the folks in the pictures up top are novices, the rest are complete beginners with this being their first time ever in a canoe.

    Everything is weather dependent, this is an adventurous environment, with the right sort of support paddling is available for all. You won't be shunted off to your oblivion, you won't be left behind because you can't keep up. Not worth it for you experientially and certainly not worth doing that to you from me - reputation-ally.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattT View Post
    Only one or two of the folks in the pictures up top are novices, the rest are complete beginners with this being their first time ever in a canoe.

    Everything is weather dependent, this is an adventurous environment, with the right sort of support paddling is available for all. You won't be shunted off to your oblivion, you won't be left behind because you can't keep up. Not worth it for you experientially and certainly not worth doing that to you from me - reputation-ally.
    Thanks Matt. I'll stick myself down as a maybe just now then. Will need to butter up my wife a bit and see if I can get a free pass for a few days. It's a part of Scotland that has been on my list of places to visit for a long time now.


    Confirmed:

    1] Matt T
    2] Greg + Family - any of the dates...
    3] Jag009 ---any dates fine with me
    4] Jimmyads - any dates fine with me
    5] Sutchy



    Maybe:

    1] Davy90 + family 29/07 - 01/08 preferred
    2] Stewart
    3] Mal Grey
    4] idc --- dependent on persuading family, so any of those dates possible ...
    5) MarkL depending on final dates. before 10/08
    6) Firedfromthecircus---If I can get a pass!

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    Confirmed:

    1] Matt T
    2] Greg + Family - any of the dates...
    3] Jag009 ---any dates fine with me
    4] Jimmyads - any dates fine with me
    5] Sutchy



    Maybe:

    1] Davy90 + family 29/07 - 01/08 preferred
    2] Stewart
    3] Mal Grey
    4] idc --- dependent on persuading family, so any of those dates possible ...
    5) MarkL depending on final dates. before 10/08
    6) Firedfromthecircus---If I can get a pass!
    7.) Per

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    Any of the packrafting/man-portable contingent interested in walking and paddling in from Kinloch Hourn or Glenfinnan?
    Dates that suit me are 5-8 or 12-15 Aug.
    Have paddled, hill walked, deer stalked and flown here so familiar with the terrain and likely routes.



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    Confirmed:

    1] Matt T
    2] Greg + Family - any of the dates...
    3] Jag009 ---any dates fine with me
    4] Jimmyads - any dates fine with me
    5] Sutchy



    Maybe:

    1] Davy90 + family 29/07 - 01/08 preferred
    2] Stewart
    3] Mal Grey
    4] idc --- dependent on persuading family, so any of those dates possible ...
    5) MarkL depending on final dates. before 10/08
    6) Firedfromthecircus---If I can get a pass!
    7.) Per
    8.) Peterlee_Paddler... dates dependant.
    Tony.

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    Confirmed:

    1] Matt T
    2] Greg + Family - any of the dates...*
    3] Jag009 ---any dates fine with me
    4] Jimmyads - any dates fine with me
    5] Sutchy


    Maybe:

    1] Davy90 + family 29/07 - 01/08 preferred
    2] Stewart
    3] Mal Grey
    4] idc --- dependent on persuading family, so any of those dates possible ...
    5) MarkL depending on final dates. before 10/08*
    6) Firedfromthecircus---If I can get a pass!
    7.) Per
    8.) Peterlee_Paddler... dates dependant.
    9.) Bojit67

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    Confirmed:

    1] Matt T
    2] Greg + Family - any of the dates...*
    3] Jag009 ---any dates fine with me
    4] Jimmyads - any dates fine with me
    5] Sutchy


    Maybe:

    1] Davy90 + family 29/07 - 01/08 preferred
    2] Stewart
    3] Mal Grey
    4] idc --- dependent on persuading family, so any of those dates possible ...
    5) MarkL depending on final dates. before 10/08*
    6) Firedfromthecircus---If I can get a pass!
    7.) Per
    8.) Peterlee_Paddler... dates dependant.
    9.) Bojit67
    10.) JimW

    I've got so many plans this year to work it in around I can't even think about dates right now (slaloms, sea kayak races, grand canyon....), but it is a place I love and need to get back to. Hmm, Apache or Taran? Apache, Taran would be too fast, as well as not fitting in - but I could paddle myself out in it... just remember to miss Sgeir Dearg on the way back (I got lighthouse fixated and almost crashed into it on one trip - I knew it was there but was somehow drawn to it instead of away).
    See if I can get to the Mica mine this time - got turned back by a blizzard last time (it wasn't July in case you hadn't guessed that!).

    How hard can it be?

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    That's an Apache boat leaving for Mallaig from Inverie. Solo paddler on the 31st December 2015, weather around F4 - 7 out in the mouth of the loch..! Was a bit like that when Matt D paddled in a couple of days previously also.

    Nothing is impossible with some prior planning, common sense, an appreciation of the environment you're entering into. It's the Sea, it's Open Water, it's adventurous, it's real but it's not an environment that is unsuitable for the craft of choice - the CANOE.

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    Good to see the interest. I will go visit the community and get a feel for a few things from this perspective.

    I'm inclined to put a date on this of Provisionally: 29th July - 1st August if that helps folk to better plan diaries etc
    Last edited by mattT; 11th-February-2016 at 09:03 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattT View Post
    Good to see the interest. I will go visit the community and get a feel for a few things from this perspective.

    I'm inclined to put a date on this of Provisionally: 28th July - 1st August if that helps folk to better plan diaries etc
    Hah, the very dates I've just googled flights for, to see what might work...still only a maybe, though.
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    Confirmed:

    1] Matt T
    2] Greg + Family - any of the dates...*
    3] Jag009 ---any dates fine with me
    4] Jimmyads - any dates fine with me
    5] Sutchy
    6] Broadsman

    Maybe:

    1] Davy90 + family 29/07 - 01/08 preferred
    2] Stewart
    3] Mal Grey
    4] idc --- dependent on persuading family, so any of those dates possible ...
    5) MarkL depending on final dates. before 10/08*
    6) Firedfromthecircus---If I can get a pass!
    7.) Per
    8.) Peterlee_Paddler... dates dependant.
    9.) Bojit67
    10.) JimW

    Last edited by broadsman; 11th-February-2016 at 09:04 AM. Reason: provisional dates
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    Quote Originally Posted by mattT View Post
    Good to see the interest. I will go visit the community and get a feel for a few things from this perspective.

    I'm inclined to put a date on this of Provisionally: 29th July - 1st August if that helps folk to better plan diaries etc
    cheers Matt, that does make it a bit easier to put some definition on it ... and also more likely too.
    I'll check out the options around that time frame and hook up with Sutchy too. Can't see a reason why not at the moment. Any chance of sorting a boat out as I doubt it'd go in the hold (unlike Mr Grey's new mechano filled bathtub)
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    Quote Originally Posted by mattT View Post

    That's an Apache boat leaving for Mallaig from Inverie. Solo paddler on the 31st December 2015, weather around F4 - 7 out in the mouth of the loch..! Was a bit like that when Matt D paddled in a couple of days previously also.

    Nothing is impossible with some prior planning, common sense, an appreciation of the environment you're entering into. It's the Sea, it's Open Water, it's adventurous, it's real but it's not an environment that is unsuitable for the craft of choice - the CANOE.
    I had my maps out last night after I posted checking how viable it would be for me - I know I can cruise all day at 6-7kmph in the Taran, but I have no idea how fast in the Apache, no more than half of that I would say, so roughly 12km with just over 1km crossing if I follow the shoreline to the nearest point, probably 4 hours of paddling minimum, nowhere really to take a break in the first 6km. If it's going to be too lively I'll know as I leave Mallaig and just turn around and go for the ferry!

    Anything I plan myself will be safer than the time I steered my dads sailing dinghy around to Ardintigh whilst he towed it in a powerboat mostly oblivious to the fact that the towline was pulling my bow down into the waves.....

    How hard can it be?

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    Confirmed:

    1] Matt T
    2] Greg + Family - any of the dates...*
    3] Jag009 ---any dates fine with me
    4] Jimmyads - any dates fine with me
    5] Sutchy
    6] Broadsman

    Maybe:

    1] Davy90 + family 29/07 - 01/08 preferred
    2] Stewart
    3] Mal Grey
    4] idc --- dependent on persuading family, so any of those dates possible ...
    5) MarkL depending on final dates. before 10/08*
    6) Firedfromthecircus---If I can get a pass!
    7.) Per
    8.) Peterlee_Paddler... dates dependant.
    9.) Bojit67
    10.) JimW
    11.) DuncanBoag

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimW View Post
    I had my maps out last night after I posted checking how viable it would be for me - I know I can cruise all day at 6-7kmph in the Taran, but I have no idea how fast in the Apache, no more than half of that I would say, so roughly 12km with just over 1km crossing if I follow the shoreline to the nearest point, probably 4 hours of paddling minimum, nowhere really to take a break in the first 6km. If it's going to be too lively I'll know as I leave Mallaig and just turn around and go for the ferry!

    Anything I plan myself will be safer than the time I steered my dads sailing dinghy around to Ardintigh whilst he towed it in a powerboat mostly oblivious to the fact that the towline was pulling my bow down into the waves.....
    There is good landing points at Mallaig Mor, under Aonach Mor and at two places near Eilien Giubhais - I use them to camp at occasionally. The crossing takes around 15 mins at Rubha Raonhuill. My mate did the run in headwinds in under 4 hours in his Apache, 3.5 hours on the return including a fight against a F4 - 7 head wind - he had to stop a few times to regain his aerobic capacity...

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    So a couple of updates.

    Potential to get a few locals down at the campsite with their instruments, will probably need to get a slush fund going for this.
    Potential to get the outdoor Pizza oven down to the campsite for the first night...
    Use of showers at the Bunkhouse for those camping should be possible.
    Use of the Village Hall as a wet weather social area. If we use this there will be a contribution donation - trying to get this as a use it = donate, don't use it = nothing to pay.

    Shuttles to/from Airor on the coast by vehicle + canoe trailer to allow for one way trips available.

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    Matt, do you know the Mallaig-Inverie ferry times on a Friday (probably latest), and on a Monday (early as poss)? If not, will google and post up here later.
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    Don't have the Western Isles service to hand, but the Seabridge service for summer 2015 was:

    14.30, 1600 and 1800 Mallaig - Inverie (last three sailings) Mon - Fri

    0800, 0900, 1000 Inverie - Mallaig (first three sailings) Mon - Fri
    1400, 1500, 1700 Inverie - Mallaig (last three sailings) Mon - Fri

    I think the first train out of Mallaig is 1010 each day to Fort William

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    All we need to know now is how much they charge for transporting the canoes on the ferry over to Inverie.
    If in doubt, hit it with a hammer!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmyads View Post
    All we need to know now is how much they charge for transporting the canoes on the ferry over to Inverie.
    £5 per canoe currently. But if we can arrange for some kind of mass transportation... I will ask the operator tomorrow when/if I see him about possibilities.

    As an aside, the ferry is currently £20.00 return per person

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    How do canoes and kit get to the campsite, if no vehicle access allowed? Just wondering

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    Cheers Matt I'm just working out how much to save up
    If in doubt, hit it with a hammer!!

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    It's not that vehicle access is not allowed, there is no ferry to get vehicles here for the general public and only a few km's of road, most of which is not tarmac.

    1.2km from the pier to the campsite - paddle there

    the campsite is right on the water.

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    Campsite is around £5.00 per night. Will check for you though. Bunkhouse is £17.00 per night, will check that also. If folk want any other kind of accommodation, ask, and I'll find the info. There is Self-Catering options, one B&B and some luxury places (£300 - 1000 and more per weekend).

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    Super, campsite for me under my tarp with an emergency 1 man tent just in case the wind is bad.
    If in doubt, hit it with a hammer!!

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    I would love to say yes outright, but I have to await my work rota being issued end of April 16. So subject to that I am due an adventure. I'm a maybe.
    Remember a pat on the back is just the recce for the knife!!!

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    Hi, Not been to Knoydart, but had a good week at Arisaig ( I blame JK for his blogs ) on a camp site but went to Mallaig for stuff and a wonder round on a few days, had a walk around the dock area and there are people waiting for the boats with rucksacks plus alot had two wheel trolleys with gear well strapped on for the campsite. Some will have come by train and some by cars and left in carpark on the seafront across from train station or other places, Just a heads up on how to get gear about there, and at the other side should help.

    Never had been in that area before but it was well worth the effort to get there just for the SUN sets, from Manchester towing a small Eriba.

    This should be a brill trip for all that take part.

    Andy

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    I'm looking at this with interest. I could fly to Glasgow and get the train up to Mallaig on the Friday. But I'd need to borrow a canoe, or paddle tandem if anyone would have me.

    So put me down as a possible please.
    Big Al.

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    Hi Matt

    Just got my passout stamped, I fear the price will be lots of decorating in the mean time but I'm in.
    If it helps others I'll be driving up from Derby area, leaving early on the Friday Morning and returning reasonably early on the Monday with space for 3 passengers and 1 canoe on the roof and would be happy to give anyone a lift.

    Confirmed:

    1] Matt T
    2] Greg + Family - any of the dates...*
    3] Jag009 ---any dates fine with me
    4] Jimmyads - any dates fine with me
    5] Sutchy
    6] Broadsman
    7) Gary C

    Maybe:

    1] Davy90 + family 29/07 - 01/08 preferred
    2] Stewart
    3] Mal Grey
    4] idc --- dependent on persuading family, so any of those dates possible ...
    5) MarkL depending on final dates. before 10/08*
    6) Firedfromthecircus---If I can get a pass!
    7.) Per
    8.) Peterlee_Paddler... dates dependant.
    9.) Bojit67
    10.) JimW
    11.) DuncanBoag

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    Definitely interested in doing this but it looks like it will be just me as the rest of the Bootstrap clan will be in Norfolk.


    Confirmed:

    1] Matt T
    2] Greg + Family - any of the dates...*
    3] Jag009 ---any dates fine with me
    4] Jimmyads - any dates fine with me
    5] Sutchy
    6] Broadsman
    7) Gary C

    Maybe:

    1] Davy90 + family 29/07 - 01/08 preferred
    2] Stewart
    3] Mal Grey
    4] idc --- dependent on persuading family, so any of those dates possible ...
    5) MarkL depending on final dates. before 10/08*
    6) Firedfromthecircus---If I can get a pass!
    7.) Per
    8.) Peterlee_Paddler... dates dependant.
    9.) Bojit67
    10.) JimW
    11.) DuncanBoag
    12.) Bootstrap Bob
    Bootstrap
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    29th July - 1st August

    As this event is a few months away, I don't wish it to get buried here within SOTP, so will over the next couple of weeks set up a page on my website at www.wilderness-canoe.co.uk/trips/ to highlight the opportunities during the Knoydart Meet.

    Those wishing to join the event should still do so here within this thread however.

    I would really like this meet to engage with you in visiting Knoydart and to involve the community here as much as possible. With that in mind it would be great if we can achieve around 30 folks who will be definite in coming. With this kind of number organising a Pizza night on the Friday arrival, contributing to a Shuttle service for trips, contributing to the Village hall for its possible use etc all become so much more possible.

    Whilst I am here, Do be prepared for bad weather, it is the West coast of Scotland and anything could materialise...

    To clarify also, the ferry is not the kind you will see sailing the channel or similar, the two services provided are small craft capable of taking only a dozen or so passengers at any one time (on the most regular service); www.knoydartferry.com and westernislescruises.co.uk/ .

    Link to a Bing map
    : http://binged.it/1QbatiD with a couple of interest points. I'll prepare some other maps closer to the time.

    I generally visit SOTP once or so each week, better to email me if you have urgent questions to ask... mtguide@wilderness-canoe.co.uk



    Confirmed:


    1] Matt T
    2] Greg + Family
    3] Jag009
    4] Jimmyads
    5] Sutchy
    6] Broadsman
    7) Gary C


    Maybe:

    1] Davy90 + family 29/07 - 01/08 preferred
    2] Stewart
    3] Mal Grey
    4] idc --- dependent on persuading family, so any of those dates possible ...
    5) MarkL depending on final dates. before 10/08*
    6) Firedfromthecircus---If I can get a pass!
    7.) Per
    8.) Peterlee_Paddler... dates dependant.
    9.) Bojit67
    10.) JimW
    11.) DuncanBoag
    12.) Bootstrap Bob
    13.) Big Al

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattT View Post

    Do be prepared for bad weather, it is the West coast of Scotland and anything could materialise...
    Midges? Or is it too windy?
    Not in Oxford any more...

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    The Campsite is generally not too bad, and this last summer there were hardly any midges the whole period.

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    I'm going to confirm. By hook or crook, I'll make it - barring any unforseen disasters.


    Confirmed:


    1] Matt T
    2] Greg + Family
    3] Jag009
    4] Jimmyads
    5] Sutchy
    6] Broadsman
    7) Gary C
    8) Per.


    Maybe:

    1] Davy90 + family 29/07 - 01/08 preferred
    2] Stewart
    3] Mal Grey
    4] idc --- dependent on persuading family, so any of those dates possible ...
    5) MarkL depending on final dates. before 10/08*
    6) Firedfromthecircus---If I can get a pass!
    7.)Per (Now Confirmed)
    8.) Peterlee_Paddler... dates dependant.
    9.) Bojit67
    10.) JimW
    11.) DuncanBoag
    12.) Bootstrap Bob
    13.) Big Al

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    As this will be 1 of my weeks off in the summer I may want to stop a little longer. So may arrive earlier and leave later, perhaps a week. This we be like being a child in a sweet shop for me! I want to do some walking and fishing also, would the campsite be alright with this?
    If in doubt, hit it with a hammer!!

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