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Canoeists go west for annual outing

Canoeists go west for annual outing

Deveron Canoe Club’s Louise Barclay, pictured on the Banff-based club’s annual river outing on the River Garry in Wester Ross.

DEVERON Canoe Club members took to the rivers of Wester Ross recently on their annual weekend expedition.

Eight members made the most of perfect conditions to tackle stretches of the River Garry and River Etive in the north-west Highlands over two days.

“When the sun is out and the rivers are running, there is nowhere nicer than the rivers of the west coast of Scotland,” said Alan Meikle of the canoe club.

Alan was accompanied on the trip by Louise and Duncan Barclay, Sandy and Michael Reid, Tony Janetta, Ian Clark and Gary Thain.

“Early on the Saturday morning, we were paddling north of the Great Glen on the River Garry,” said Alan.

“It’s a dam-controlled river in full flow, and there were a few capsizes and a few swims, but nobody cared, as it was just one of those wonderful days.”

After an overnight stay in Kinlochleven, the second day was spent on the River Etive.

“That is a tight, technical river which has several waterfalls, each increasing in size until the last one, which is over seven metres high,” said Alan.

“The river was at a good level, and each fall was tackled after much discussion and inspection.

“The entire group managed the river without mishap, including the last waterfall.”

THE BANFFSHIRE JOURNAL Tuesday, June 24, 2014