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Craigclowan; Sandwood Bay, sea kayaking and ‘search to survive’

St Johns Leatherhead and Craigclowan Prep School

Craigclowan; Sandwood Bay, sea kayaking and ‘search to survive’

Tuesday July 18th 2017

Monday was a walking day for the Craigclowan team. With strong winds keeping us out of the mountains we headed for the little crofting township of Sheigra where the road ends and gives way to open moorland towards the beautiful Sandwood Bay and beyond to Cape Wrath.

Sandwood Bay was our objective and we took a route along the coast, just inland from the clifftops. With no paths along our route the team were involved in route choice and decision making as we picked our way closer to the bay. The beach at Sandwood Bay is stunning. Over a mile of golden sands not accessible by road and one of the most beautiful beaches in Scotland. Certainly atmospheric with grey skies and big waves rolling in across the Atlantic.

Today the team were sea kayaking and the waters in Loch A Chadh-Fi and Loch Laxford were millpond flat. The team left the Adventure School, having packed clothes and walking boots into the kayaks, and paddled into Loch Laxford. After a picnic lunch they changed into their walking gear and headed up onto the ‘search to survive’ course (a wilderness orienteering course between Loch Laxford and the Adventure School). It is a chance for the pupils to work in small squads without the direct input of instructors, and a useful chance to test their judgment and decision making skills before heading to the island on Thursday.

With ‘search to survive’ complete the team returned to their kayaks to paddle back to the Adventure School with clear skies above and now a stiff easterly breeze to push them home.