The expedition starts in Oban on the Sunday morning, meeting at 10am at the Caladonian Macbryne ferry terminal. We will have 2 hours before the ferry sails to go through equipment and have coffee over a pre expedition chat. The crossing to Mull takes only 45 mins, then we have short drive around to the tiny Ulva Ferry port where we will pack the sea kayaks with food and equipment for the week. The paddle round to the bothy usually takes about 2 hours.
The next 6 days are dependant on the weather but the major aims of the week are to get out to Staffa and the Treshnish islands. Staffa has the world famous Fingal’s cave at its heart. If we’re lucky and there’s not too much atlantic swell we should be able to paddle right in to the mouth of the cave. As with all the scottish islands on a clear day the views are stunning, a camera is a must, a waterproof camera is a slight indulgunce but well worth the extra money as you can have it always to hand in a buoyancy aid pocket.
There are 3 caves to explore on the island and a convienent place to land for an extended lunch stop. The birdlife on the island is extensive, during the spring/summer nesting season the sky above can sometimes be filled with puffins, cormerants, razzerbills, shags and dive bombing terns. There is an abundance of sea life as well, on a good day we should see otters, seals, maybe a basking shark, big and scary looking but no teeth!
From the bothy there is a labyrinth of islands to explore all within an hours paddle or so, Inch kenneth, Gometra, Little Colonsay, and Ulva itself. It is well worth buying the OS Landranger maps 47 & 48 well before you come, to get the full picture.
The bothy has 2 sleeping areas,the downstairs bedroom has 5 bunks with another 2 upstairs. The kitchen has a gas cooker and all the pots, pans and crockery we’ll need. There is a wood burner in the living space, this heats the water for the shower and gives enough warmth for drying kit and relaxing in comfort in the evenings. There is no electricity in the bothy, but given that the sun doesn’t set until gone 10pm in the summer it’s never a problem. There is a good vodafone signal in the bothy and in the general area, other networks are poor.
You must be 18+ to come on the expedition
Food is not supplied for the expedition but we do send out a comprehensive guide to suitable foods to bring and methods for packing.
You are welcome to use your own sea kayak and equipment but please phone us first to discuss this.
We can supply:
bouyancy aid with pockets, the rear pocket is large enough to take a drinks bladder
You will need to bring:
2 sets of thermals
clothing for the evening
Footwear for the evening and suitable to do some walking in
Warm hat, sun hat, suncream
Maps OS Landranger 47 and 48
Compass Silva type 4, waterproof map case.