The Challenge

The West Coast Kayak Challenge is exactly that;

It’s a journey up most of the West Coast of Scotland, by Sea Kayak, at the end of winter.

The route is from Largs, on the Firth of Clyde, around the Mull of Kintyre and up the West Coast of Scotland to Stornoway (Steòrnabhagh) on the Isle of Lewis.

The planned route takes in 313 miles of stunning coastline with several sections of interesting tidal waters like the Mull of Kintyre, exposed headlands like Ardnamurchan and open crossings between islands, most notably the Minch.

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The Challenge will probably take few weeks to complete, but due to weather and daylight hours it’s hard to predict exactly how long it’ll take.

I’m going to leave myself in the hands of what I pack in my boat and the folk I meet. This may just make the journey that little bit harder, but I’m sure it will also make it more interesting and worth documenting.

There are several places of personal, geographical and historical interest that I would like to visit as I pass along as close to my chosen route as is possible.

To donate to the causes my journey is supporting please go to my charity giving page;

Although inspired by my friend Andy’s memory the journey is for all our family and friends who have fought cancer, young and old.

It will be a challenge, but at least there shouldn’t be any midges in March. Here’s to paddling the glorious West of Scotland in a sea kayak.

5 Responses to The Challenge

  1. Ed McKeever says:

    Hi Bruce,
    This looks like a great challenge, good luck with your training in the up and coming months and glad to see the snow of the past week hasn’t put you off.

  2. Bruce says:

    Thanks Ed,
    Taking to the sea is easier this time of year, after all, its had all year to warm up!

  3. Rebekah says:

    Good on you Bruce! What an amazing challenge – and for such worthy causes.

    Everyone in the Allen house wish you the very very best of luck.


  4. Hello,

    My name is Susan Williams and I am the president of the United States Canoe Association (USCA). We are founded upon a Five Star Program of camping, camaraderie, competition, conservation, and cruising.

    The USCA publishes a quarterly magazine, Canoe News. I was searching on-line to find articles for our “camping” and “cruising” stars, and I came across your website.

    Would be interested in writing an article for Canoe News? Our readership spans the U.S. and I believe your adventure would be very interesting for us to read about. Photos would be great too!!

    Thank you for your time and help!

    Please reply to

    Yours very truly,
    Susan Williams
    USCA President

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