Carron Bothy,maintained by the MBA.
An overnight stay at the fantastic Carron Bothy.
Single room with raised double sleeping platform. Plenty of floor space with two tables and two benches. Fireplace with grate.
Fuel: Fallen timber in nearby forest.
Altitude: 195 mts
Bike friendly : 7/10
A new addition to the gear list.
An Exped Synmat UL 7, the UL standing for Ultra Light and the 7 refers to the thickness of the mat. I managed to get away with the short version as I’m only wee , but there’s plenty of other options in the range.
The reason for this purchase is I’m trying to cut back on weight and bulk on what I carry on my back, kayak or panniers on the bike.
Size n weight for the 7 range
UL 7 S – 163 x 52 x 7cm, 410g
UL 7 M – 183 x 50 x 7cm, 460g
UL7 LW – 197 x 65 x 7cm, 590g
Full spec details click HERE
Best thing is, I bought this item locally.
Check out all the available products HERE
Prior to this purchase I used a Vango sleep mat ( twice) and this gave a great nights sleep and at 3 cm thick gave a bit of insulation too. But it was too bulky and weighty for my weight loss programme, so it had to go.
To give an idea of ‘packed size’ comparison of the two here’s a wee pic. Ok , the Exped is 20cm shorter but it’s 4cm thicker and 570gms lighter!!
Mat and additional dry bag.
I’ll update this thread is I use this new addition, hopefully in the next few weeks.
Demo vid from YouTube
After the mid week trip to Loch Etive. A paddle back in Cowal was required.
Ormidale to Bute was the choice for a morning paddle.
Although parking is limited at the end of the Ormidale road there was one space left.
Setting off from Ormidale through the moored yachts, sticking to the coastline down to the shelter of Caladh.
I spotted the Kayak stop off point on my way down. Initially I was going to paddle down towards Tighnabruaich then cross over to Bute, but in a moment of madness I set off straight for the landing spot on Bute.
A great location with shelter,place for a fire and a composting toilet. 5 star shoreside luxury !!
Stayed long enough to get a coffee on the go before returning via the same route.
Map of route
Seen this notice board down the West Bay,Dunoon. Judging by these times I’ll always be a beginner,ha.
Interesting trail with stunning scenery.
National grid reference NS14158694 Loch Eck is a loch located on the Cowal peninsula, north of Dunoon, Argyll and Bute, Scotland. It is seven miles long. Apart from Loch Lomond, it is the only naturally occurring habitat of the powan.
Plenty of scope for camping on the West side. Reached by walking or cycling on the forestry road that runs parallel. Also ideal for landing on one of the beaches with your Kayak or Canoe
With lots to see and do…..go explore!
From the Lochs to the Hills, the choice is endless.