Women’s Scottish Sea Kayaking Festival returns to Bute

Participants in the Women's Scottish Sea Kayak Festival sit down to their evening meal at Ettrick Bay Tearoom.

Participants in the Women's Scottish Sea Kayak Festival sit down to their evening meal at Ettrick Bay Tearoom.

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Forty-two women from throughout the UK and beyond descended on Bute this weekend to take part in the Women’s Scottish Sea Kayaking Festival - the second year running that the event has been based on the island.

Participants from as far afield as London, Norfolk, Devon and even the Netherlands spent three days learning a variety of kayaking skills from a team of expert coaches.

The event was based at Ettrick Bay, where participants camped throughout the weekend, with catering provided at the Ettrick Bay Tearoom.

Alice McInnes, one of the event’s organisers, said: “The aim is to have fun while learning stuff at the same time. Kayaking in itself is not inaccessible to women, but an event like this encourages women to go paddling together and experience a style of coaching that’s a little bit different.

“Bute is a great location for the festival - it’s really accessible, we had a great time last year, and the geography of a small island means you can experience lots of different sea conditions.”

* More from the Women’s Scottish Sea Kayaking Festival in the new issue of The Buteman - on sale from Thursday, September 5.