Sea kayak trail’s launch will link up with Commonwealth Flotilla

The Argyll sea kayak trail is now complete and a relay team will navigate the route next week as part of the Commonwealth Flotilla.

The kayak trail is a chain of launch sites at key points along a route which links Helensburgh in the south-east with Oban in the north-west.

The launch sites are located at Ganavan (near Oban), Arduaine, Crinan, Ardrishaig, Tarbert, North Bute, Toward, Dunoon and Helensburgh.

To mark its official launch a relay team of kayakers will carry a baton along the trail over four days, covering 175km, starting at Ganavan on the morning of Monday July 21.

The kayakers will be stopping at different locations along the way to collect a ‘cache’ produced by local artists.

On the Friday the baton, along with the various treasures collected at each stop, will be taken from Helensburgh to Greenock by Duncan Winning OBE, honorary president of the Scottish Canoe Association.

The trail will be officially opened by Provost Len Scoullar at the Commonwealth Flotilla participants reception in the Sugar Sheds at the James Watt Dock in Greenock.

The team, with the final kayaker, will then board the Clyde Clipper and sail up the Clyde to Glasgow as part of the Commonwealth Flotilla on Saturday July 26.

The lead kayak in each stage of the relay will be fitted with a satellite tracker and the lead kayaker will blog following the completion of each part of the route.

Progress of the relay can be followed here.

The project is funded by the Coastal Communities Fund, Argyll and the Isles LEADER programme and Argyll and Bute Council and will cost around £300,000.