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Women’s Sea Kayak Festival 2018 on Bute dates confirmed

We like to plan ahead!

We’re announcing the dates for next year’s Women’s Sea Kayak Festival as 17th-19th August 2018, and it will run for three days Friday, Saturday and Sunday. This will be the fifth time the Festival will be hosted on Bute, and we’re all very excited.  We’re going to be busy planning to bring together a team of top female coaches and female sea kayakers who are keen to learn, paddle and meet people.

There will be tent, van and pod camping options. Of course there will be the serious business of paddling and learning to do done, plus the fun business of fantastic food and cake! Full details of workshops, coaches, prices, cakes, camping and more to be revealed in 2018. Look out for post-festival activities too.

Get your diary out and pencil in these dates. We look forward to welcoming back previous festival go-ers and seeing new faces.

Bookings will open in mid-January 2018, and look out for confirmation in early January of the exact date when the bookings will open.

Any questions, please check the frequently asked questions first, or drop us an email.

Alice and the Festival organisers, Cathy, Laura, Roddy and Janice.

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