This week saw me, accompanied by Alex, 11 students, a modern language teacher and the head of school from 'Robert Gordon's College' head out on a cross Scotland Expedition. The Plan was to Stand Up Paddle Board across the infamous 'Rannoch Moor' Cycle to Blair Athol then continue cycling through Glen Tilt to Braemar and then two days kayaking on the River Dee. Unfortunately mother nature had other ideas! Despite this and many logistical changes the group were amazing and took each challenge with good humour and guts.
Loading up the SUP's
Batten down the hatches ready for the impending weather!
First time for the group on SUP's, so why not tackle one Scotlands remote crossings
One HEAVY down pour on Loch Ba
Having the option to put a second blade instead of a T-Grip was crucial when it became windy
Atmospheric, with 'Stob a Choire Odhair' in the back ground
Entering the river section/portage of the crossing before Loch Laidon
More portaging amongst the most stunning scenery
Remote and wild
The group portaging around a section of river
Alex looking after the food!
The group getting to camp around 20:00 after a big day on the water
Midges were on good form
Sunset over Rannoch Moor
Fred and Head of School Mr Mills joining us after doing the shuttle
Day 2 heading to Rannoch Station
It started raining at 23:00 the night before and didn't stop until 08:00 the following day!!
Entering Dubh Lochan
After drying off in the hostel the night before, the group ready for a day on bikes
We cycled out of Braemar up to here The Linn of Dee then on to Derry Lodge up in Glen Lui
Looking up Glen Lui
Blue sky after 36 hours of rain was very welcome
On the way back to the hostel looking west in Royal Deeside
Followed by a photo bomb from Mr Mills!!!
Day 4 in kayaks on Loch Kinord as the River Dee was in flood!
Night 4 and it was raining again. So the tarps were out again
Final day walk up a hill