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September 2015

Perfect conditions for a wee paddle around Holy Isle

Perfect conditions for a wee paddle around Holy Isle

We are out in Arran for the annual Lamlash Splash, (a 1.3 mile sea swim from Holy Isle to Lamlash).  This would be my 3rd year and Rhona’s 2nd. 
Last year I had brought my SUP with me and had planned to paddle out to, and then around Holy Isle, but the weather was against me and it never happened.   So, this year I had some unfinished business to attend to.
After getting some local knowledge, I was told that today would be a good day to get it done.  I set off from Lamlash, to the jetty on Holy Isle.  20 minutes later I reached the island and found the jetty.  1 hour and 16 minutes later I had paddled around the island and was back at the jetty.  It had been a great wee paddle, with the water being mainly calm.
Being registered blind and doing this may sound a bit dodgy, but so long as I had a big lump of black on my left hand side, I was OK.
The total paddle, from Lamlash, out to the island, around it, and back to Lamlash took me a little under 2 hours to complete, at a relaxed pace.  A total distance of around 13km.  I’m pretty sure I am the first registered blind paddler to do this trip, but on speaking to a few locals, I may even be the first SUPer ever, as there have not been many SUPs spotted in the area!


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