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Circumnavigations: Isle of Bute

Guarding the entrance to the Firth of Clyde, the Isle of Bute provides an island destination which is easily accessible to many but gives a more remote feel. Bute also offers relative shelter and a short circular route for those looking to hone their circumnavigation planning skills. Though the island is a regular circumnavigation destination, the lack of records here reflects a need for more info rather than a reflection on the numbers of paddlers who have completed this trip.


Isle of Bute

Route Distance: ~31 nm / 57 km
Prevailing direction: CW


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1K1MJohn Willacy05:33:5919-Apr-14Rockpool Taran 18CWYes
2K1MBrian Turnbull06:15:5809-Jun-13Rockpool Taran 18CWYes
3K1M_SkiGraham Bell06:59:3201-Jul-21Think Six skiCWYes
4K1MDan McGonigle07:21:4101-Jun-22Rockpool Taran 16CWYes
5K1MJohn Niven07:53:4230-Jul-19NDK Explorer HVCWYes
6K1MIan Cooke08:03:1615-Aug-20Rockpool Taran 18CCWYes

6 solo paddlers.
CW = clockwise, CCW = counter-clockwise


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1TeamPascale Eichenmuller
John Willacy
06:46:0213-Nov-21Rockpool Taran 18
Rockpool Taran 16
2TeamRichard Peevor
Kamala Sen
08:31:1111-Jun-16SKUK Explorer HV
Valley Nordkapp LV
3TeamDean Dunbar
Allistair Swinsco
4TeamPaul Edmonson
Malcolm Stubbs
3 days17-Feb-13Perception Essence
Perception Essence

8 team paddlers in 4 teams


Dean Dunbar / Allistair Swinsco et al. (27-Aug-16)
Stand up paddleboarding non-stop round Bute. Dean Dunbar is registered blind
Paul Edmonson / Malcolm Stubbs et al. (17-Feb-13)
Paul and Malcolm used Flat Earth sails.
Brian Turnbull : (09-Jun-13)
From Brian: "It would have been a shame to waste this settled spell so I went for a bit of a jolly over to Bute at the weekend and had a go a getting round it fairly quickly. I couldn't help being distracted by the big mountains of Arran as I paddled up the left side of Bute, might have to go back over and take a closer look at that one..."

Isle of Bute
10 completions -- 6 solo + 4 team + 0 escorted
14 paddlers in total (6 solo / 8 team / 0 escorted

Route Distance: ~31 nm / 57 km
Prevailing direction: CW
Recorded Start Points: