Packrafts, Paddles, Buoyancy aids, Dry bags
- Experienced expedition guide, paddle sports coach and mountain leader David Walsh
For more details including times and what to bring, please click the further information button below for a downloadable PDF.
Is it for me?
- The walk through scenic woodland lets is 8km/5miles and the packraft journey is approximately 6.5km/4miles. We will be stopping for breaks, but a good level of fitness is required. The backpacks, with all the equipment will weight between 5-8kg.
- Minimum age of 14 (private bookings)
This unique journey, full of history, is a mixture of woodland walking and packrafting on and around Loch Ard.
Meeting at Loch Ard forest car park, Milton, we will go over the plan for the day and get our equipment ready. Everyone is issued their own packraft, paddle, buoyancy aid and rucksack to carry everything, including your lunch, spare layers and waterproofs, getting ready will take about 30-40 minutes.
As a group, we head West, walking along gently rolling forest tracks. This journey is full of fascinating history and not long after we start we reach a small Lochan with the remains of a Crannog (an iron age house on stilts over water). The walk will take about 2 hours at a leisurely pace.
When we reach the Loch we can enjoy a well deserved lunch with a view. Once we have eaten David will show everyone how to inflate the packrafts, prepare the other equipment, give a safety brief and demonstrate packrafting techniques that will help you on your journey.
Once on the water there are lots of things to see and explore for the first hour including more Crannog remains, Eileen Gorm Island, Duke Murdochs Castle and a cave the Scottish outlaw, Rob Roy hid.
As we pass through the Narrows, we reach the East end of the Loch. Depending on the wind we will have spent about two hours on the water. Once we land we will pack up the equipment for a short 15 minute walk back to the starting point.