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Outstanding 1st Aid CourseOutstanding 1st Aid Course
Added: 03 Oct 2016
Really looking forward to this, it’s only a year since I did the last one but practice makes ... And I can honestly say of all the 1st Aid courses I have attended over many years this is the most relevant, most practical and of the highest standard delivery I have experienced. View details here
Website: http://www.firstaidargyll.co.uk/about.html
 
 Back on Bute, The Womenís Sea Kayak Festival
Added: 14 Aug 2016
All geared up to welcome around 60 participants coaches and a few male hangers on for the man creche on Bute next weekend. Exciting to see the island and Ettrick Bay about to be swamped by paddlers again for another sell out festival.
Website: http://womensseakayakfestival.co.uk/location-location-location/
 
 From Skye to Cape Wrath and Beyond
Added: 22 Jul 2016
See a short slide show of our amazing journey here:
https://youtu.be/j2qxBvFnqiM
 
Kayak Camping 4 Days on the ClydeKayak Camping 4 Days on the Clyde
Added: 08 Apr 2016
Firth of Clyde trip: Tuesday 23rd -Friday 26th Aug


  • 4 days sea kayak touring around the stunning islands of the Firth of Clyde

  • Wild camping in beautiful coastal locationsSuitable for improver/intermediate kayakers with some kayaking experience, including paddling in winds up Beaufort Force 3.

  • Coaching if and when you want it

  • Open to all paddlers

  • Run and guided by Laura Bennitt and Alice McInnes

  • Cost: £250pp























 
2016 Season Hits The Water2016 Season Hits The Water
Added: 28 Mar 2016
The 2016 starts with a full on week long trip for Kayak Bute and Sea Kayak Argyll working together in Loch Sunart during April. We look forward to getting together with our clients for some great paddling and while many of our week long expedition trips are now full, we can always organise another one, get in touch and see just what journeys and day paddles await you!
 
A new blog for a New YearA new blog for a New Year
Added: 05 Jan 2016
I have just posted a blog with a little advice about camping from sea kayaks in the Isles of Scilly. If your thinking of heading to these wonderful islands it may be of interest.
 
  U Tube, Sea Kayaking on Bute
Added: 05 Nov 2015
Cal Mac ferries have made a series of excellent short videos about Scotland’s Islands and how much more affordable it is to get to them with the introduction of Road Equivalent Tarif on the ferry routes. Thanks to Cal Mac for featuring the wonderful island of Bute and Kayak Bute https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6YfqbKdb9bo .
 
Sea Kayak Guide to the Isle of Bute Sea Kayak Guide to the Isle of Bute
Added: 21 Jul 2015
Get the electronic copy of our Sea Kayak Guide to the Isle of Bute and surrounding water at your local Amazon Kindle store or down load it and the podcast from Simon Willisís site.
 
Sea Kayak Guide to the Isle of Bute Sea Kayak Guide to the Isle of Bute
Added: 20 Jul 2015
The new edition of Ocean Paddler is now being distributed and Part 1 of "A sea kayak guide to the Isle of Bute and surrounding waters" by yours truly is in it, big thanks to them for publishing. If you donít subscribe to this excellent magazine donít worry itís available via other media ... more details and links to follow.....
 
 2 Places Available, Lismore 18,19 July
Added: 22 May 2015
Due to a cancellation we now have 2 places avaialble on this trip, all the details are here.
 
Trip Now Full, Mull 1-8 August Trip Now Full, Mull 1-8 August
Added: 06 Apr 2015
Just 1 place left on this week long trip to Mull and, weather permitting, the islands to the west, Staffa and the Treshnish Isles. This trip is running Saturday 1 to Saturday 8 August.
 
Kayak Bute Staff DevelopmentKayak Bute Staff Development
Added: 22 Mar 2015
Great few days up on Skye last week observing a 5 Star Sea Training Course.
 
Lismore in JulyLismore in July
Added: 01 Mar 2015
Short video clip where Alice McInnes talks about our Lismore weekend trip as an introduction to camping from your sea kayak.
 
Kayak Bute With Sea Kayak AliceKayak Bute With Sea Kayak Alice
Added: 29 Jan 2015
My colleague Alice McInnes has just launched her own really cool website and we are pleased that she is putting on a few trips with us this season. Here she is chatting about one of them.....

Website: http://seakayakalice.co.uk
 
 Xmas Brings The 2015 Trip Calendar
Added: 17 Dec 2014
The trip calendar for next year is now up and we have some cracking journeys planned including; Isles of Scilly, Isle of Bute, The Clyde, Lismore, Islands West of Mull and Mingulay. I’m delighted to say we have joined forces with other guides such as Phil Keetley of Sea Kayak Argyll, Alice McInnes who many of you will know through the Women’s Scottish Sea Kayak Festival, and Zoe from Zoe Newsam Guiding. Phil and myself will be collaborating extensively on work based in the Clyde and the Argyll Sea Kayak Trail, Alice is leading some female paddler focused trips and and Zoe is working jointly with us on the Mingulay trip. I’m also contributing a couple of non commercial trips to the SSKEG Calendar on Gigha and Bute, so 2015 is look to be a busy and exciting year all round!
Have a great Christmas and a happy paddling New Year everyone.
 
2015 Looking Good At Kayak Bute2015 Looking Good At Kayak Bute
Added: 24 Nov 2014
2015 is going to be different here at Kayak Bute where we will be spending a lot more time on extended multi week trips.This means that we will no longer be retailing Tiderace sea kayaks but will be spending a lot more time enjoying paddling them! Kayak Bute is proud to have been Tiderace’s Scottish dealer and we will be continuing to use Tiderace kayaks for our coaching and guiding business. We paddle Tiderace because we believe them to be the very best in the world, in terms of design, construction and performance.



A very big thank you to all our many customers who have bought Tiderace boats over the past years. See you on the water next season.
 
Kayak Bute Launches Customer Loyalty PackageKayak Bute Launches Customer Loyalty Package
Added: 13 Nov 2014
We value your custom and to say ’thank you’ we have worked with our long term clients to put together a 4 week program for 2015. There are trips in April, June and August and by buying into the whole package fantastic value for 4 weeks guided sea kayaking is achieved. Go to the detais here.
 
Tiderace Xcapes To ParadiseTiderace Xcapes To Paradise
Added: 16 May 2014
Think I paddled round a tropical paradise in my Xplore M with an Xcape for company last week. Did I dream it? And the palm tree? I canít remember any airports, thought I was still in Scotland.
Website: http://500px.com/RoddyMcdowell/sets/xcape_to_paradise
 
Review Of Tiderace Xcite by Coach and Guide Carol LangReview Of Tiderace Xcite by Coach and Guide Carol Lang
Added: 05 May 2014
I have been privilaged to hang out with Carol Lang when our sea kayaking paths have crossed over the past few years. Carol is a partner in Seafreedom Kayaking and is an outdoor education professional. She is a BCU Level 3 sea kayak coach and also a rock climbing instructor.

Here is what she had to say about using a Tiderace Xcite as the platform for her coaching and guiding work.



 
Isle of Bute, Sea Kayak ParadiseIsle of Bute, Sea Kayak Paradise
Added: 29 Apr 2014
Ettrick Bay on the West coast of Bute this evening, just one of many great reasons to come and paddle this beautiful island.
 
Eco Sea Kayakers Shelter on Isle of ButeEco Sea Kayakers Shelter on Isle of Bute
Added: 31 Mar 2014
This fantastic resource has just been completed at the north end of the Isle of Bute. Along with the shelter, which has a great view of the Kyles of Bute and Burnt Isles, there is a barbecue and fire pit and a composting toilet sited 50m away from the shelter. With the general growth in sea kayaking and the establishing of the Argyll Sea Kayak Trail it’s really good to see facilities like this being put in place. Apart from the obvious benifits to kayakers it is great example of sustainablity where we take care of the areas we visit with high density usage. It would be great to see more of this sort of forward thinking in other areas.
 
 The Third Scottish Womens Paddle Symposium
Added: 06 Mar 2014
Kayak Bute and Tiderace Scotland are very pleased to have been invited to make our demo fleet of sea kayaks available to women at this event who wish to demo a range of boats. The event runs on 31st May and 1st June 2014

You can check out the event on Facebook here.
 
F 10 Forecast Forces Demo Off The WaterF 10 Forecast Forces Demo Off The Water
Added: 21 Feb 2014
This Sundays Loch Lomond demo cancelled due to forecast of winds gusting to F 10.
Next demos: Aberdour 9 March; Inverness 16 March; Loch Lomond 23 March.
We are in Lomo Watersports, Glasgow this Saturday if you want to come in and sit in some Tiderace models to try them out for fit and look at the superb build quality.
 
Pace Series Demo this WeekendPace Series Demo this Weekend
Added: 10 Feb 2014
We will be at Loch Lomond this Sunday with the Pace 18, Pave 17 Tour and Evoke on demo from 10am till 2pm.

Location Directions here.
 
 Demos and Lomo Watersports
Added: 29 Jan 2014
Looking forward to this Sunday’s Tiderace demo at Aberdour, Fife and being in Lomo Watersports this Saturday, 10:30am - 1:30pm. We have a rack full of gorgeous new boats, Tiderace Xplore M and L, Xcite, Xcape, Xtra and Vortex.
 
 Tidal Waters Skills Course
Added: 27 Jan 2014
We still have places on our Tidal waters skills course running 12 to 16 May. All the details here.
 
 Bute Site for Argyll Sea Kayak Trail
Added: 20 Jan 2014
Great news for sea kayakers accessing a stop off and camping on the north end of the Isle of Bute reported here in our local news paper.

 
Demo and Shop Dates for 2014Demo and Shop Dates for 2014
Added: 30 Dec 2013
Our demo dates for January, February and March are sorted with our first demo on Sunday 26 at Loch Lomond. Also new for 2014 is our display area in Lomo Watersports, Glasgow where you will find the Tiderace Scotland dealer most Saturdays. Check booking calendar for details and make an appointment to meet up with a Tiderace kayak early in 2014!
 
 The Tiderace Xtra
Added: 29 Nov 2013
Great new blog by Rhiannon full of insights about how the Tiderace Xtra handles.
 
An Old FriendAn Old Friend
Added: 03 Nov 2013
At yesterdays Tiderace Scotland demo two great folk were there trying out some new Tiderace sea kayaks. Peter made the connection between my first name, Roddy and the name and address glassed into his own boat, a Skerry, the very first sea kayak I owned.
She had been built 20 years ago in 1993 and was looking great, including the day hatch retro fitted a couple of years after her construction, and many a mile traveled since. Peter had bought her just a few years ago for pretty much what I had paid for her, £800, when she was new which all goes to show that sea kayaks haven’t really gone up in price in relative terms and are a damn good investment!
 
 Loch Lomond Tomorrow
Added: 01 Nov 2013

 
Paddle Show ThanksPaddle Show Thanks
Added: 28 Oct 2013
Thanks for making the Scottish Tiderace Dealers stand so busy at Scottish Paddle Show. See you at our next demo http://www.kayakbute.co.uk/demos.php
 
 That Packing Video
Added: 08 Oct 2013
Big thanks to all two thousand nine hundred and fifty folk who have viewed the video. Wonder if it will make 3,000?
Website: http://youtu.be/rvD59n3AWRY
 
How to Pack A Sea kayak VideoHow to Pack A Sea kayak Video
Added: 28 Aug 2013
Just got the link from Lomo for our new video ’Top Tips On Packing A sea Kayak’. Did you know you could get so much in a Tiderace Xtra?
Website: http://youtu.be/rvD59n3AWRY
 
What Kayak Bute Has In StoreWhat Kayak Bute Has In Store
Added: 15 Jul 2013
See it all here: http://www.qwiki.com/v/ea6lBqpY
 
Kayaking, Cakes and Kind WordsKayaking, Cakes and Kind Words
Added: 13 Jun 2013
Nice words, thanks Ellen.
 
 Xplore, Xcite, Xtra and Xcapes For Immediate Delivery
Added: 11 Jun 2013
We have great availability across most of the Tiderace range and construction types. See shop for details.
 
Tiderace Chosen by Top GuideTiderace Chosen by Top Guide
Added: 19 Apr 2013
Carol Lang runs gael8, a brilliant clothing company. She is also a top sea kayak guide and coach and we are very proud she is now paddling a Tiderace boat. Thanks for making a great choice Carol.
 
Tiderace Vortex ReviewTiderace Vortex Review
Added: 15 Apr 2013
Just put up a review of the all new plastic Vortex on our blog page. Hope you reading it and get the chance to paddle one. You can do that at our regular Saturday demos on Loch Lomond.
 
 Tiderace Xcite
Added: 15 Apr 2013
My Carbon Pro Tiderace Xcite on holiday and in action with Sea Kayaking Cornwall. Just simply brilliant.kayakbute.co.uk/photo-gallery.…
 
 Tiderace Site Back Up
Added: 10 Apr 2013
Yes it’s good news re the Tiderace site:
http://www.tideraceseakayaks.co.uk/
and the heading above says it all!
 
 Tiderace Vortex Now Now On Demo
Added: 08 Apr 2013
Tiderace’s new plastic boat the Vortex will be heading north this Friday. It’s a plastic boat that is really stiff and retains the "made to play" hard edges of the Xcite and Xtra that are a Tiderace trademark. Getting such hard edges on plastic is a technical winner.
The boat is really solid and built to take the rough, tumble and rumble of the rock garden and surf. Thankfully it doesn’t have a foam core so no dreaded osmosis from deep scores and scratches.
All in all the Vortex has play and durability written all over it and it is great to be stocking them. Demos of the Vortex are now on in Scotland most weekends.
 
 Tiderace Web Site Problem
Added: 06 Apr 2013
If you are using any of Kayak Buteís live links back to the Tiderace main site you will see that they are having technical problems! They are working flat out to fix them and we are sure they will be back up very soon.
 
Tiderace Xtra ActionTiderace Xtra Action
Added: 02 Apr 2013
Great action from Aled Loyd Williams following the flood tide from Porthdafarch to Penrhyn Mawr, past South Stack, to a lunch stop in Parliament House Cave, North Stack. On returning the gang stop in the outer race at South Stack for a surf on the ebb tide. The Xtra shows just what a play machine it is. And we have them in stock.
View the video now.
 
Womenís Scottish Sea Kayak Festival Almost FullWomenís Scottish Sea Kayak Festival Almost Full
Added: 02 Apr 2013
Grab the last 3 spaces!
by Alice Tiderace
A massive thanks to everyone who has booked. The last three spaces are up for grabs. If you are considering coming along, don’t delay or you’ll miss out. If you’ve booked, and not yet paid (there are a small number of people in this category), please can you pay to secure your place. Read more of this post
 
New Tiderace Xtra In ActionNew Tiderace Xtra In Action
Added: 28 Feb 2013
Aled Williams the designer of the Tiderace Xtra took it out for session. See it on his video and come and paddle one at our demos.
 
Womenís Scottish Sea Kayak Festival 2013Womenís Scottish Sea Kayak Festival 2013
Added: 13 Feb 2013
It’s back, it’s bigger, it’s better, more coaches, more facilities and it is open for bookings.
 
Tiderace Xcite At LomoTiderace Xcite At Lomo
Added: 03 Feb 2013
Tiderace dealer Kayak Bute is displaying an Xcite in the centre of Glasgow. Get close up and personal with the superb high tec build quality and ultra sophisticated cockpit design in the comfort of Lomo’s great shop. Then take a Tiderace out on the water at one of Kayak Bute’s regular weekend demos.
 
2013 Tiderace Stock Heading To Scotland2013 Tiderace Stock Heading To Scotland
Added: 15 Jan 2013
Good news on 2013 stock availability. We will be receiving out first delivery of boats for the new year in 2 weeks time, ready for all the February demo days. These will include Xcapes, Xplore M’s, both G Core and Hard Core and of course that much awaited all new lower volume Xtra.
 
2013 Happy New Tiderace Demo Year2013 Happy New Tiderace Demo Year
Added: 09 Jan 2013
Our 2013 demo’s of Tiderace kayaks kicks of this weekend with our fleet at the Trailer Park Loch Lomond. We have demos scheduled for most weekends this year and look forward to meeting up with you and getting your feedback on the Tiderace range. And of course we are there to chat through any questions you have about boat design and specifications.
 
Scotlandís Tiderace Dealer Gets New XtraScotlandís Tiderace Dealer Gets New Xtra
Added: 17 Nov 2012
Excitement here at Scotland’s Tiderace dealer Kayak Bute. Have heard a whisper fom Santa’s elfs that our December delivery will include one of the new lower volume Xtra play at sea boats. Nice one Santa.
 
 The Best Boats I Have Ever Paddled
Added: 08 Nov 2012
Some reflections from paddling Tiderace boats from Rod, owner of Kayak Milos, proffesional guide and coach here
 
Proud To Import TideraceProud To Import Tiderace
Added: 01 Nov 2012
Kayak Bute are pleased to annonce that they have secured forward production for next season. During 2013 we will be imorting even more Tiderace kayaks than this year to ensure that Scottish customers can access the whole Tiderace range. This will include the new plastic boat from Tiderace the roto moulded polyethylene Vortex. We expect our first deliveries early in the new year.
 
Four New Tiderace Kayaks for 2012Four New Tiderace Kayaks for 2012
Added: 15 Oct 2012
Tiderace anounce four new sea kayaks to add to their existing range: the Pace Tour, Evoke and Vortex and Xtra. See details here
 
Xtra Xtra Xtra by TideraceXtra Xtra Xtra by Tiderace
Added: 04 Oct 2012
We willl be taking a Tiderace Xtra sea kayak down sections of the river Tay this Sunday. Excited about filming it all. Watch this space.
 
 St Kilda Memories
Added: 13 Sep 2012
St Kilda 37 Years On In 1965 Hamish and Anne Gow of the Scottish Hostellers Canoe Club completed the first recorded paddle out to St Kilda, some 52 miles west of the Sound of Harris in the Outer Hebrides, in a Clyde Double sea kayak. This June of this year Dolina Swanson and Christine Stewart of Stornoway Canoe Club repeated the paddle in a specially built replica of Hamish and Anne’s boat. The whole process of building the kayak, the preparation for the trip and the actual crossing was filmed by Mac TV. The resulting programme, which I understand is to include an interview with Hamish and some of his 1965 film is to be shown in an hour long programme on BBC Alba at 9pm on Monday 17th September and repeated the following evening the 18th at 10pm. BBC Alba is a Gaelic language programme with English sub-titles, but a lot of this programme is recorded in English. The channel enjoys a reputation for quality programmes and has quite a following among non-Gaelic speakers. The programme web site is < www.bbc.co.uk/alba/ >. It is viewable on Freeview Channel 8 (Scotland only). By satellite on Freesat Channel 110; Sky (UK only) Channel 168 and Astra 1N 10818V 22000 5/6. By cable on Virgin Media at Channel 188 (Scotland only); on BBC i player catch up on demand and Smallworld Cable Channel 170. Also on Internet television at BBC iPlayer (UK only) (http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/tv/bbc_alba/watchlive) and Zattoo (UK only). Enjoy !!!!


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 Tiderace Xcite S Review
Added: 05 Aug 2012
Pam Forsyth writes about her new Tiderace Xcite S on our blog page.
 
 Rolling the Xplore L
Added: 29 Jul 2012
Great video of rolling an Xplore L. Thanks to paddle pal Graham for the wet stuff and Terry for the video work.
Website: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5BvWRX_qyM
 
Our First BlogOur First Blog
Added: 09 Jul 2012
See the detail behind that industrial strength kayak repair we told you about in the last news item.
 
Industrial Strength Kayak RepairsIndustrial Strength Kayak Repairs
Added: 20 Jun 2012
Spent the day in Port Bannatyne Boat Yard under the watchful eye of owner and master boat repair John Stirling. Bit scary what you can do with a big grinder but some brill repair tips. Big thanks to John.
 
Sunshine on ButeSunshine on Bute
Added: 24 May 2012
What a stunner of a week it has been. Great to be out with the clients in such fab weather.
 
Tiderace Demo with the outdoor shop Inside Out, Portree, Isle of SkyeTiderace Demo with the outdoor shop Inside Out, Portree, Isle of Skye
Added: 02 May 2012
Kayak Bute is Scotland’s only specialist Tiderace dealer and we have a wealth of experience using these top quality sea kayaks in our coaching and guiding business. We are pleased to announce in partnership with Skye’s local outdoor shop Inside Out demos of Tiderace sea kayaks during the weekend of 14/15 July..

Models on demo include Xplore, Xcite and Xcape ranges and the Xtra. We look forward to seeing you in Portree and showing you our superb range of Tiderace sea kayaks.
 
Tiderace Xplore M faster than LTiderace Xplore M faster than L
Added: 29 Mar 2012
This drawing is a critical incident analysis but not as you know it. It’s where the ‘cleave’ and the ‘close’ happen. It’s flow diagram, the point where the path of the paddle integrates hull shape and water, where two worlds collide.
It’s why the Xplore M is faster than the Xplore L. And its the mind of Aled Williams, without the computer assisted design lines, the maths, numbers and formula. But with the genius that is the Tiderace master boat builder.
Thanks for the master class Aled. And to the White Eagle pub, Anglesey, for the classroom.
 
Sea Kayak RepairsSea Kayak Repairs
Added: 01 Mar 2012
Based on the high quality of workmanship and standard of service Kayak Bute are pleased to say that any repair work on our Tiderace fleet will be carried out by Port Bannatyne Boat Yard, Isle of Bute. They made a superb job repairing major damage to the stern of one of our boats and also a great make over, including keel strip, of our lead guides carbon Xcite. That boat was due some TLC having done over 10,000 km. We would recommend their understanding of resins and gelcoat to any fellow paddler
 
Daily Mirror Article about Kayak ButeDaily Mirror Article about Kayak Bute
Added: 21 Feb 2012
Thanks to the Daily Mirror for this great publicity for Kayak Bute and sea kayaking in Scotland.
 
Demos on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 MarchDemos on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 March
Added: 13 Feb 2012
See the full range of Xplore, Xcite, Xcape models plus the new Xplore M and the Xtra.
Loch Lomond on the Saturday and Silver Sands, Aberdour 15 minutes from the Forth Road Bridge on Sunday.
 
 Womens Scottish Sea Kayak Festival 21, 22, 23 July.
Added: 13 Jan 2012
Womenís Scottish Sea Kayak Festival 21, 22, 23 July
Sponsored By Kayak Bute and Tiderace Sea Kayaks

See trips page for details. Bookings through this site.
 
Demos going ahead this weekendDemos going ahead this weekend
Added: 11 Jan 2012
Despite living by candlelight for past 48 hours Kayak Bute will be holding Tiderace demos at Loch Lomond on Saturday and Aberdour on Sunday. Contact Roddy by phone 01700 503126 or mobile/text 07765 241686.
 
Demos going ahead this weekendDemos going ahead this weekend
Added: 05 Jan 2012
Despite living by candlelight for past 48 hours Kayak Bute will be holding Tiderace demos at Loch Lomond on Saturday and Aberdour on Sunday. Contact Roddy by phone 01700 503126 or mobile/text 07765 241686.
 
Updated! Continued delayed communications due to power cutsUpdated! Continued delayed communications due to power cuts
Added: 04 Jan 2012
Kayak Bute is still without power. The storms of the 3rd January have caused major power cuts on Bute. This has caused delays to the usual prompt responses to email enquiries. Please be patient as your email will be answered as soon as power is restored. Thanks, Roddy.
 
New Tiderace Models for 2012New Tiderace Models for 2012
Added: 23 Dec 2011
Big excitement here at Kayak Bute. Heard today that we should have the latest additions to our early January. A Tiderace Xtra and an Xplore M.
 
New Assistant Coach for Kayak ButeNew Assistant Coach for Kayak Bute
Added: 03 Dec 2011
She paddles a Tiderace Xplore S when not skippering yachts or making sails. A big welcome from the team to Sally Gregory, L1 Coach.
 
Kayak Bute Lead Guide Supports Scottish Canoe Association Touring CalendarKayak Bute Lead Guide Supports Scottish Canoe Association Touring Calendar
Added: 24 Nov 2011
"The recently formed SCA Touring Committee will ensure that the creation of an SCA Touring Calendar, accessible by as many SCA members as possible, is drawn up and publicised as quickly as possible.

It is my sincere hope that such a calendar will be the basis on which adventures and experiences are shared through journeys made together. I owe the SCA Touring Calendar an enormous debt of gratitude as the foundation of my own paddling career. Trip leaders taught me much and took me to places that I would never have journeyed to without their support and leadership. I hope in some small way to repay that debt in the seasons to come."

Roddy McDowell, Chairman SCA Touring Committee
 
2012 Trips Announced2012 Trips Announced
Added: 22 Nov 2011
We have various trips. Book now for dates in and around Bute and the Clyde, the stunning Sound of Arisaig and the grandeur of Skye. Also guided week long expeditions for free! See Trips page for details - and the catch.
Website: http://www.kayakbute.co.uk/trips.php
 
Strange CraftStrange Craft
Added: 16 Nov 2011
Off to play on the mighty Tay. Excited to find out if all my single blade practice over the last two years will pay dividends in the white water kayaks.
 
Tiderace Demo DaysTiderace Demo Days
Added: 24 Oct 2011
STRATHCLYDE COUNTRY PARK WATER SPORTS CENTRE: SATURDAY 29 OCTOBER 2011
366 Hamilton Road, Motherwell ML1 3ED From Edinburgh: 44 miles, Less than an hour. From Glasgow: 15 miles, 23 mins. From Perth: 60 miles, 1 hour 15 mins. From Dumfries: 64 miles, 1 hour 20 mins.

INVERNESS: SATURDAY 26 NOVEMBER 2011
Dores Beach, by Dores Inn. 8 miles south of Inverness on the B862. From Thurso 110 miles 2 hours 26 mins. From Ullapool 57 miles, 1 hour 18 minutes. From Fort William 65 miles, 1 hour 27 mins.

PETERHEAD LIDO: SUNDAY 27 NOVEMBER 2011
37 South Road Peterhead AB42 2YP From Aberdeen 31 miles 46 mins.

ALL DEMOS 11am to 2pm
 
 Off to Paddle 2011
Added: 20 Oct 2011
See you at the show. http://www.canoescotland.org/events/ScotlandsCanoeShow.aspx
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Paddle Show 2011 PerthPaddle Show 2011 Perth
Added: 06 Oct 2011
Kayak Bute will be at the Paddlesport Exhibition in Perth 22/23 October.

As well as information about Kayak Buteís paddle program for the 2012 season we will have Tiderace sea kayaks on display and details of paddle demo days across Scotland. Drop by and see us Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 October.
Website: http://www.canoescotland.org/events/ScotlandsCanoeShow.aspx
 
Kayak Bute now sells Tiderace Sea KayaksKayak Bute now sells Tiderace Sea Kayaks
Added: 01 Oct 2011
Kayak Bute now sells Tiderace Sea Kayaks. Our lead coach Roddy has paddled them since the first models were launched. Our clients, from first time paddlers to those who make multi-week expeditions love them. See our online shop for details.
Website: http://www.kayakbute.co.uk/shop.php
 
Life In The Slow LaneLife In The Slow Lane
Added: 08 Sep 2011
The image says it all!
 
The Boys From ChicagoThe Boys From Chicago
Added: 25 Aug 2011
Kayak Bute enjoyed the company of two cool paddlers from the USA over the last couple of days. Privilege to show these guys some of our Scottish waters.
 
Cool PaddlerCool Paddler
Added: 12 Aug 2011
Great set of skills. Congratulations on the 3 Star Sea. Next stop 4 Star!
 
Top Gun Intro PaddlersTop Gun Intro Paddlers
Added: 07 Aug 2011
Never been sea kayaking before? They had not. Never been round Inchmarnock Island? They have now! What a first day out Janet, John. Brilliant.
 
Skye HighSkye High
Added: 30 Jul 2011
Arrived Skye ten days ago intending to paddle islands of Raasay and Rona as bad weather alternative to west coast of Mull. Strong northerly winds saw our group of four choose to paddle south from Kyleakin on an 8 knot Spring tide through Kyle Rhea to Sandaig islands and then on to Point of Sleat.

Brilliant camp site. Very grateful for the information Les. And to Mary for the hospitality on the following evening north at Tokavaig.

Views north to the Red and the Black Cuillin over the coming days simply stunning. World class. Coruisk the amphitheater of the the Gods. Macleodís Maidens playground of the chosen. The Viking ship yard at Loch na h-Airde mind blowing in its subtle architecture of of the natural landscape.

As ever the people make the trip. Thanks to all. And to Skye and the weather.

 
 No Kayaking In Shropshire
Added: 02 Jul 2011
Kayak Bute
Kayak Bute is off on holibags till next Friday.Then back out on the water on Saturday, Sunday 9th/10th July for a round Bute Trip. This trip will be a 3 Star Assessments for 6 members of the Castle Craigs Canoe Club. So 3 Star Sea skills in the context of a journey and an overnight camp. Excellent.
Look forward to paddling with you guys.
 
Gosh- Seals Are Big!Gosh- Seals Are Big!
Added: 25 Jun 2011
And they are. And they make quite an impact when viewed for the first time from a sea kayak
 
Never Too Young To PaddleNever Too Young To Paddle
Added: 13 Jun 2011
Preparing for Under One Year Old Record attempt. Isle of Bute to Isle of Arran Crossing.
 
Loch and MountainLoch and Mountain
Added: 08 Jun 2011
A weeks guiding in Loch Torridon. Wind, wind and more wind. And moments of magic. Mountains, otters, smiles and friendship.
 
Five women go to ButeFive women go to Bute
Added: 31 May 2011
Five normally reserved women from an Edinburgh book group enjoyed lovely Spring-like conditions for a introduction to sea kayaking. Swapping books for boats they paddled some of the sheltered east coast of Bute. Lots of new skills mastered before a special lunch at Mount Stuart House cafe. Gannets, seals and sunshine accompanied them back to the cars.
 
Summer Gale, Isle of ButeSummer Gale, Isle of Bute
Added: 23 May 2011
Reckon the way the spindrift was flying and the surface of the water was being ripped off into the sky it was at least Severe Gale if not Storm Force in the gusts to day.
Not even the cows at Ettrick bay were out kayaking. And they usually like a paddle before milking time.
 
Beginning A Sea Kayaking JourneyBeginning A Sea Kayaking Journey
Added: 29 Apr 2011
Sea kayak journeys can have a start point that is fixed by location. And they can also start in the mind. The decision to venture onto the water in a sea kayak for the first time. These three guys did both yesterday and what a fantastic day it proved to be. Sun, scenery and new skills by the bundle.
 
Big Day OutBig Day Out
Added: 25 Apr 2011
No, not the size of the waves or sea state. A visit from Mark, a features writer with The Herald newspaper. So no pressure for yours truly who took Mark out for his first sea kayak experience. Brilliant day out in the Kyles of Bute with lots of new paddling skills developed by my guest. All credit to him for still smiling at the end of a long day on the water.

Will I be smiling when I read the article on Kayak Bute? Hope so!
 
Garvellachs and Little CorryvreckanGarvellachs and Little Corryvreckan
Added: 11 Apr 2011
Used the tide to take us NW from Luing and looped round to the outside of the Garvellachs. Rather bumpy on the approach to Dun Chonnuill. Very big waves that seemed to come from no where at the point of Eileach an Naoimh. Landed at the sight of the old monastic settlement and had lunch. Iddilic.

Weird sea state on the crossing over to Lunga and Scarba. Miss timed the Grey Dog. About half/three quarters of an hour late. Made for some very technical difficult paddling against what was about a 500 meter river rapid. Too strong to paddle into but managed to eddy hop and ferry glide up/through it. River skills out in the Atlantic!
 
Sunday Rescue PracticeSunday Rescue Practice
Added: 07 Apr 2011
But why is he smiling? Is skill development meant to be fun? What would it be like if it was? I wonder?
 
Sun and WavesSun and Waves
Added: 07 Apr 2011
Last Saturday saw us paddle south from Port Bannatyne on my home island to Garroch Head Light. After that life became a little interesting with a sizeable southerly sea running. Great fun all the way up the west side to Inchmarnock Sound and Etrick Bay. Near eight hours on the water. Nice one.
 
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