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Get your paddle on!

With the lighter nights and warmth coming back into your bones, it’s around now that you begin to think of summer. This year’s women’s sea kayak festival is in Devon from Saturday 19th to Monday 21st of August 2017. 

Have you booked your place? Head over to our ‘sister’ site at for full details.

The stunning Devon coastline

The stunning Devon coastline

Festival donation news

As an antidote to the consumption frenzy that is Black Friday and Cyber Monday, you might be interested to know that your participation in the Women’s Sea Kayak Festival will fund a place for a new coach to get started on their paddle sports coaching journey. 

As in previous years, and as many of you know, we run the event on a not for profit basis, donating any surplus made to charity. This year, the Festival Organisers have agreed to support Pinkston Watersports, the community charity in Glasgow, to fund a young female or community worker from the east end of Glasgow to train as a paddle sports coach.

All coaching and mentoring is provided through Pinkston and at the end the student will qualify as an UKCC Level 1 Coach and will be provided with some personal paddling equipment. The course starting in early 2017 will be based at the artificial white water course and basin in Glasgow’s east end, and will also include trips to pools, rivers and other paddling locations.

We will keep a small float in the festival bank account to kick off the next event in Scotland in 2018. Until then enjoy 2017 with our friends running the festival on 19-21 August in Devon next year, details on the Devon Festival Facebook page

Happy paddling for 2017. Here is a wintry image taken from Ettrick Bay looking west to Arran.

Arran skyline from Ettrick bay

Snowy Arran skyline from Ettrick Bay in minus 3 degrees Nov 2016. Pic credit: Roddy

Alice, Cathie, Laura, Janice & Roddy
Festival Organisers

Location, location, location

Not long to go now… so it’s timely to remind you of a few things about your location for the weekend.

Festival location and campsite

The Festival takes place at Ettrick Bay on the west coast of Bute. The Campsite is based next to the Ettrick Bay tearoom. There are toilets, and access to fresh water. There will be a marquee for socialising where registration will take place.  Dinners on Saturday and Sunday will be served in the tearoom. 

View Ettrick Bay Tea room in a larger map

Address – Ettrick Bay tearoom, Ettrick Bay, Isle of Bute, Argyll


There are two frequent ferry routes to Bute. A short 3 minute crossing at Colintraive at the north end of the Island and a half hour crossing from Wemyss Bay to Rothesay. The ferries are very frequent.


This is the main town on Bute. There are public showers available at the Ferry harbour, there are a few cafes, banks and cash machines, a petrol station, two co-op stores, butcher’s shop etc.

Kayaking information

Map: if you like to have a map on your deck, bring OS map 63.

Sea kayak guide to the Isle of Bute

Sea kayak guide to the Isle of Bute and surrounding waters

Sea Kayak guide: Roddy from Kayak Bute has written an excellent guide to his local waters packed with useful information for kayakers. Download the sea kayak guide PDF.

Weather and tides

Much depends on the weather of course… too calm, too rough or just right! The tides on Bute vary by about 10-15 minutes before Greenock.