Kayak trail opens after relay team’s effort

The Argyll sea kayak trail is now officially open for business, after a launch event which saw a relay team of kayakers navigating the route and joining up with the Commonwealth Flotilla.

The kayak trail is a group of easily accessible 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 at Ganavan (near Oban), Arduaine, Crinan, Ardrishaig, Tarbert, North Bute, Toward, Dunoon and Helensburgh.

To mark its official launch a relay team of kayakers carried a baton along the trail over four days, covering 175km, joining up with the flotilla in Greenock.

The trail was officially opened at the Commonwealth Flotilla Participants Reception at the Sugar Sheds at the James Watt Dock in Greenock by the Provost of Argyll and Bute, Len Scoullar.

The team, with the final kayaker, then boarded the Clyde Clipper and sailed up the Clyde to Glasgow as flotilla on Saturday July 26.

Councillor Scoullar said: ‘’Argyll’s stunning natural environment is ideal for paddle-sports, no more so than is this past week’s excellent weather, and we hope this trail will help it become an ever more popular destination for canoeists and kayakers.

‘’The trail has generated and will continue to generate new business opportunities for communities as well as healthy outdoor activity opportunities for people of all ages.’’

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.

For further information on the kayak trail go to the website here.

Images from the kayak relay and Commonwealth Flotilla are below.