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    I love this loch, it is where I learned to cut my teeth in paddling. It is about 8 miles from Dunoon. It is 7 miles or so long. The river Cur flows into it and the Echaig flows out of it. The Echaig joins up with the river Massan and both flow into the Holy loch. If I was paddling this river, I would actually put in at Glenbranter- down the cur- 7 miles along the Loch- down the Echaig and out past the Cot house garage onto the Holy loch going around to Kilmun. On the road side there are two well used put in and take out points; Jubilee point and Dornoch point. Both of these placea have two or more put in points each and room for at least three cars for parking. If there was a big meet there, you would meet at Jubilee point as there is room for about 8 or more cars. As well as this there is the Whistlefield inn within sight. It serves good meals with large portions at compatative prices. Anymore info feel free ask.

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    Hi I saw in Crow's blog that he was wondering what it was like to go down the River Echaig, the river that drains out of Loch Eck. Well ... I did it last weekend in my new inflatable kayak (a ZPro Flash FL100). Here's some highlights:




    The river is not normally this high but it had been raining for a couple of weeks beforehand (well, this is Scotland you know! )

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    Great Stuff.

    Well in Bossman excellent video.
    How many times did you swim


    Tony

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    Quote Originally Posted by TOJO View Post
    Great Stuff.

    Well in Bossman excellent video.
    How many times did you swim


    Tony

    LOL! Believe it or not I managed to stay in! I had to pull to the side once to empty the kayak after going over one of the weirs as I had forgotten to open the drain plugs at the bottom of the kayak so it filled with water! Still, it was a good excuse for a rest

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    Nice one.

    Looks like a river that needs a lot of water.

    Lot of it around up here at the moment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quercus View Post
    Nice one.

    Looks like a river that needs a lot of water.

    Lot of it around up here at the moment.
    Definitely. I'm not too sure if it would be as much fun when the water level is lower (I have seen it about 3 feet lower)

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    @ BossMan nice video footage

    what type of helmet cam have you got ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mountainlad View Post
    @ BossMan nice video footage

    what type of helmet cam have you got ?
    Hi - thanks!
    I used the GoPro 960 camera (http://gopro.com/cameras/hd-hero-960...FUtC4QodZgKCsw) with a side mounting on my mountain bike helmet.
    I used to use the GoPro Hero but as it doesn't have a wide-angle lens I missed too much of the action

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    Quote Originally Posted by BossMan View Post
    Hi I saw in Crow's blog that he was wondering what it was like to go down the River Echaig, the river that drains out of Loch Eck. Well ... I did it last weekend in my new inflatable kayak (a ZPro Flash FL100). Here's some highlights:




    The river is not normally this high but it had been raining for a couple of weeks beforehand (well, this is Scotland you know! )
    Good video!

    I did the first bit, up to the caravan site, before deciding it wasn't a good idea with my bike in the back.

    Looks like it gets quieter near the bottom end.

    I'm going back in September, I might have another go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crow View Post
    Good video!

    I did the first bit, up to the caravan site, before deciding it wasn't a good idea with my bike in the back.

    Looks like it gets quieter near the bottom end.

    I'm going back in September, I might have another go.

    Thanks!
    You're welcome. Hopefully the river will be running for you then, although I want the weather to be dry in September

    I think there is a restaurant/bar in Kilmun where you could have a drink afterwards

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    Sounds good.

    Some more Loch Eck pictures here:

    http://www.songofthepaddle.co.uk/for...-Eck-slideshow

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crow View Post
    Sounds good.

    Some more Loch Eck pictures here:

    http://www.songofthepaddle.co.uk/for...-Eck-slideshow
    Yup - saw them earlier Some stunning pics there!

    I also have a few pics of the area here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/clickan...7622402938089/
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    Looks good!
    Covering as many malmiles as possible before being distracted by the pub!

    Paddle Points - where to paddle

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    Another video of the area:


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    Sorry to inundate you guys with vids from this loch - but I just love it!

    Here's a vid I made with a soundtrack provided by a good mate of mine:



    Hope you enjoy it!

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    My second attempt at the River Echaig which runs out of Loch Eck. The water was a bit lower than last time which made for some interesting groundings


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    Nice vids BossMan.

    TGB
    May the gentleness of morning, greet your silent passage through endless waters...

    May all your winds be gentle. And for ww - May it rain the night before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TGB View Post
    Nice vids BossMan.

    TGB
    Thanks!

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    Here's a couple more vids from this wonderful loch, both taken around the bottom end of the loch near The Coylet Inn.

    In this one my son provided the music


    And this one shows the perils of the loch where you can get some very sudden, intense gusts! This was the closest I had ever come to capsizing and if you look carefully you can see the wind coming on the water Please forgive the wee swearie word I used!

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    The landlord of the Coylet warned me about those winds when I was there last Sept.
    Glad I didn't feel them and glad they didn't capsize you.

    It's a lovely place.
    Nin Wanakiwidee Tchiman

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    Quote Originally Posted by OLD MAN View Post
    The landlord of the Coylet warned me about those winds when I was there last Sept.
    Glad I didn't feel them and glad they didn't capsize you.

    It's a lovely place.
    Yeah, in extreme cases the winds have been known to rip the roofs off static caravans and even recently over-turned one with 6 people in it!

    Before I kayaked that day I sat for half an hour outside the Coylet watching the flag - the wind changed direction almost constantly ... I think it came from every direction over that time. I have a saying on that loch - the wind is always against you

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    Quote Originally Posted by BossMan View Post
    Yeah, in extreme cases the winds have been known to rip the roofs off static caravans and even recently over-turned one with 6 people in it!

    Before I kayaked that day I sat for half an hour outside the Coylet watching the flag - the wind changed direction almost constantly ... I think it came from every direction over that time. I have a saying on that loch - the wind is always against you
    I can vouch for the weirdest of winds. We sat in our room in the Coylet Inn and watched the smoke out of the chimney go North, the flag on the other side of the road South and squalls across the loch from the West. Weird, but what a lovely paddling spot!

    "Der Hirsch springt hoch,
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