During the Easter holidays, it became clear that Little Sister was no longer content to be left behind when we went canoeing, and that both boys were ready to take a more active role. The time had come to expand into two open canoes.
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You could be forgiven for thinking the Olympics was the big sporting event this summer. Like most people, Rio was a bit too far for us to travel to, but all was not lost – we had the Skiffie Worlds taking place on Strangford Lough and they were fab!
Over the past two years, our open canoeing adventures have been a great success. We’ve canoed in so many places, I haven’t been able to blog about them all: the West Coast of Scotland; the Lake District; and the estuaries, rias, and tidal rivers of Devon and Cornwall.
On our trips to Fort William we become avid train spotters. It’s not just any old trains we’re keen to see though, in fact we only have eyes for one particularly special train: the Jacobite. This glorious old steam train that travels between Fort William and Malaig has definitely stolen our hearts and we try and cram in as many views as we can. All trips to the supermarket have to be timed for when it will be at the station at Fort William and walking Jarvis at Glenfinnan so we can see it pass over the viaduct is a favourite walk. But this holiday we managed to find our best viewing spot yet - Loch Eilt.
I let Ashley out unsupervised one evening in early July. He was only supposed to be having an innocent chat with our neighbour, but somehow managed to return having bought a sailing dinghy!
After a busy start to our holiday, packed full of biking, we were all in need of a rest day. So out came our National Trust and English Heritage guide books to give us some inspiration. We were in luck and were rather spoilt for choice, but Threave Castle situated on an Island only accessible by boat caught our eye.
Always watching the weather we happened to spot a potential light wind, dry weekend the other week, perfect for an autumn canoe camping trip.
My idea of a great canoe trip is to go on a journey. The boys’ idea of a great canoe trip is to canoe for perhaps half-a-mile, land somewhere ‘interesting’, and spend several hours ‘pottering’ about.
My idea of a great canoeing trip is to go on a journey, recreating as much of a sea kayaking experience as possible. The boys’ idea of a great canoeing trip is to canoe round the corner, find a beach, have a ‘picnic’, and then canoe back. Fortunately, a canoeing trip to Castle Stalker managed to float all our boats.