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Day 1 Mallaig to Long Beach Campsite (Inverie) Anthony Vaccaro

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July 2023 Sea kayak and wild camping trip

The weather forecast for the week was constantly changing with wind speeds which varied from easy paddling to not leaving the beach conditions, so we decided to head to the Sound of Sleat which would provide some shelter and maximise our paddling options.

Day 1 Mallaig to Long Beach Campsite (Inverie) Anthony Vaccaro

A person on a kayak in the waterDescription automatically generated We made the short journey from Kinloid campsite, Arisaig, to our launch point at Mallaig Harbour where we found parking for 5 vehicles with a nearby get in.  After loading the boats we had a short but steep uneven carry down to the highwater line. After negotiating the rocky wavey launch we eventually set out of the harbour in a light breeze.  

A beach with a body of water and mountains in the backgroundDescription automatically generated Heading round the headland into the mouth of Loch Nevis the breeze increased and we paddled down the south shore of Loch Nevis until we reached a narrow point to cross to the north side and then hugged the north shore to Long Beach Campsite in Inverie. With the prospect of a long carry we investigated another possible campsite round the headland. Unfortunately, there was no suitable landing and we paddled back to Long Beach for an even longer carry!

A group of kayaks on a beachDescription automatically generated By now the weather had improved significantly, the sun came out and so did the midges, after dinner we took shelter in the campsite log cabin before heading to our tents for good night’s sleep and the end of a fantastic day.

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1 thought on “Day 1 Mallaig to Long Beach Campsite (Inverie) Anthony Vaccaro”

  1. Great area, sadly it looks like you didn’t go far enough on this day to see the Whale that lives in the loch.

    Perhaps tomorrow? Looking forward to the read.