Clunie Loch

November 2014


This morning I went out for a wee paddle on Clunie Loch, once the frost had melted and the fog had lifted.  My usual clobber for SUPing is a pair of neoprene shorts, a rash t-shirt and bare feet.  However, with an air temperature of 7 degrees, I swapped my shorts for a pair of neoprene trousers and added a dry cag on the top half.  (I was very glad of my trousers as when I was launching the SUP I was up to my man bits in water of around degrees!!)  After a couple of kilometres the cag came off, but thin neoprene socks had to go on, as I could no longer feel my feet.
Due to the recent rainfall and air temperature, the loch had changed significantly from just a week ago.  My usual marker of Picalilly* had vanished, adding an extra 40+ metres to my usual 870m trip across the loch.  All in all, I was on the water for just over an hour and managed around 8km.
*Picalilly is so named because when swimming across the loch, you have not done a full length until you pick a lilly and touch it.  

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