Paddlers: Marc, Hugh, Geoff and David

Weather: Very cold but beautiful clear blue skies. Light breeze that occasionally strengthened.

Report: The ice was still on the boats as we launched and paddled south towards the mouth of Loch Goil. There was a light covering of snow on the hills that did not melt, although in the sun it was quite warm. Out of the sun or in the breeze, however it was extremely cold. A Force 4/5 from the north was forecast later in the day and, being late November, we were expecting darkness at around 4pm, so our plan was to turn back at around12.30.

The entrance to Loch Goil

The entrance to Loch Goil

We paddled lazily most of the way down the Loch until we found a lovely lunch stop in the sun.

 

Paddling up Loch Goil

Paddling up Loch Goil

As the afternoon progressed the cloud cover became wider, the breeze slightly stronger and the cold more obvious.

Paddling Back

Paddling Back

The paddle back with the breeze was much faster than expected and as we were crossing Loch Long we suddenly decided to make an inspection visit to the MBA bothy at Mark. We were welcomed by two bothiers and a lovely fire. The bothy was in excellent condition.

We left the bothy just after 2.30 for the 10 minute paddle across to Finnart and the cars. An excellent day.

Looking north up Loch Long

Looking north up Loch Long

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