Haven’t been out a decent paddle on Loch Eck for a while. An easy 4 miles with a stop off for a coffee on the West shore.
Saturday morning and again I was heading to Loch Eck. This time with a purpose…to find a spot for a nights camping. There’s a couple of large beaches on the Loch,but was looking for something different.
Also wanted to try out my new stove ( Vango Ultralite,73gms) ,have had it for ages and testing it in the garage just isn’t the same.
The beach has great views and usually has on side that’s sheltered from any wind, or the options to head into the trees.
After the beach stop I headed North to the River Cur just to give the arms a work out…….looks like alligator territory up there!!!!
Whilst paddling I did notice some areas of the dreaded Japanese Knotweed growing!!! Having received an email from a member of the local walking group to record any locations I got some pictures and reported back. Hopefully the organised group will be able to treat and eradicate the problem on the shores.
Looking forward to the next visit to this beach……maybe even with the tent.
Oh,almost forgot. 360 degree video of beach
A paddle on Loch Eck was well overdue,roughly 7 months was the last time I paddled here. With a new vehicle sourced and a roof rack fitted last weekend,there was no holding me back ( well work and weather permitting,ha).
Loch Eck it was !!! Loaded up after work and took the 20 minute drive north of Dunoon. Loch Eck has a number of possible launch points and there’s usually at least one that’s sheltered from the worst of any wind. I chose to launch at the north end of the Loch at Dornoch Bay. With no set plans I decided to paddle south to Jubilee Point then cross the Loch and return on the west side passing the ruin of Stuck Farmhouse.
In the short time I had on the water I think I spent more time taking photos than I did paddling ,but in the conditions it’d have been rude not to.
Continuing from where I finished the other week, the second half of Loch Eck was completed on Sunday 13.10.2013.
I’ve never been on the Loch in these flat calm, mirror like conditions!!! On the water for 8am.
Choice of launch point was the large loch side layby south of the Whistlefield Inn. This is almost directly across from Bernice farmhouse so perfect as a continuation of my previous outing. There’s a wee carry involved but easily managed. A wee beach ideal for entry and exit is located at the South end of layby.
Nice large layby for parking.
I was itching to get on the water, just in case the conditions changed……as they do ! I never bothered to head down the Loch till I was perfectly in line with Bernice, I just wanted to get up the Loch and get the camera out. Well, when I say camera I mean iPhone in its waterproof ( untested) pouch. It usually compromises the picture quality but at least it’d survive a dunk ( hopefully).
I was soon on my way, firstly heading across to the West side to check out the beaches for future camping trips.
From here it was a just a case of heading back down the Lock sticking to the East shore as the low winter sun was dazzling. It gave the chance for some good pictures so I’ll let them do the talking. Even went right down to Bernice on the return leg just to tie the two trips together. 👍
If that doesn’t sell Cowal I don’t know what will, Ha.
Wee map of route. Approx’ 11kms/7miles
South end of the Loch…..
With some free time today, I decided to load the Kayak and head to Loch Eck. Not planning anything major, just a paddle to get a few miles and experience in.
On pulling up at the lay by adjacent to the chosen launch point, a reasonably calm Loch awaited.
Conditions although overcast were the best I’ve experienced in my limited kayak outings. Dry weather and a calm Loch……that’ll do!!
After a few pics I continued North to the caravan park then decided to cross to the West side.
Decided to follow the shore line rather than my usual straight line point to point.
From here I decided to head up to the beach we’d walked to last time for a nights camping.
Took a wee vid with my iPhone ( in its £6.99 Cot House Services water proof case).
There was slightly less beach than on our last visit due to the amount of rain that fell a few days ago.
With plenty of time I decided to head onwards to Bernice Farmhouse and the old stone pier.
I’d covered about 3 miles to this point so after a wee bite to eat I decided to turn about and head back down the loch. With enough life left in my phone I decided to take another wee time lapse picture sequence. The water remaining calm.
The End 🙂 Cheers 🍻
22 mile circular walk or cycle
A great trail giving a scenic tour of Loch Eck. Ground covered is mostly on wide forestry roads, there is a section of hardcore hill path above Inverchapel.
We walked from Benmore Gardens in a clockwise direction. Heading up the West side to Glenbranter then returning down the East side via Invernoden and Inverchapel. I know some people prefer to walk anti-clockwise.
The West side offers mostly Loch level walking, with a slight climb at the North end. Of course, what goes up must come down. The East side gives the chances if some fantastic elevated view points, so some bigger climbs on this side…..but worth it.
First views of Loch Eck on a cold sleety day. Will need to get some better pictures next time I’m out
A few points of interest on the West side.
– Small burial ground/cemetery.
– Bernice farmhouse, used as outdoor centre.
– Stuck Farmhouse ruin.
Once at Glenbanter there’s a short section of main road heading South before turning off at Invernoaden forestry road. As we climbed the weather turned a tad more wintery!!!
A great walk or cycle in one of my favourite areas in cowal.