Sunday, 30 May 2010

Ledaig to Oban

The trouble with having access to an area with a wide range of classic paddling options is that certain areas are neglected for more classic wild/remote days paddling. The paddle from Ledaig caravan site to Oban Bay was not the most adventurist day paddle ever planned, but as it turned out, it was to be a very enjoyable day trip.

Jim Breen launching at Ledaig.

The plan was to paddle from Ledaig south west, across to west of Dustaffnage Castle and follow the coast passing Camas Rub na Liathaig, Ganavan Hill, Ganavan Bay to Maidan Island near the narrows between the Island of Kerrera and the mainland into Oban Bay. The paddle revealed many small coves and ideal landing places along the Dunstaffnage Castle area. The whole area of this coast was adorned with wild primroses, a sprinkling of thrift and interesting geology formations. Ravens from Ganavan Hill and the occasional seal kept us company as we headed for Oban Bay.

The Lismore ferry heading out of Oban Bay.

We thought it would be a good idea to give way to the Mull ferry heading into Oban!!!!!

The north tip of the Island of Kerrera, near the narrows into Oban Bay.
Taking cover from a sudden down pour of very heavy rain under one of the many piers in Oban Bay.
The rain lasted for about 5 minutes.
Lunch on the east shore of Kerrera.
Exploring the coves near Dunstaffnage on the paddle back to Ledaig.
Nearly back at Ledaig. Looking east towards the Connel Bridge.
In all we paddled approximately 24km. It turned out to be a very good day’s paddle.

The End


  1. Hi David,

    Greetings from across the "pond" (not to mention the Canadian forests, prairies, mountains, and the Salish Sea). Very pleased that you found us! You have so many marvellous images on your blog. I was born in Glasgow and one day we must return to Scotland to paddle your wonderful (and history-laden) waters. We'll be checking in regularly. Duncan

  2. Hi Dave,

    Just thought I'd say hi, and thanks for linking to my blog.

    Great photos- it's a fantastic sport in a wonderful place. Keep it up,


  3. Hi guys,thanks for the kind comments. The next paddle will be a weeks paddle around the Isle of Islay, 25/06/10-03/07/10 .