Journeys

Post image for Canoeing The Spey With Kevin, Ray & Justine part 8 – The Washing Machine

After the whisky-fuelled antics of the previous day, this episode sees the gang of four firmly back on the river and tackling some fun, bouncy white water, including the washing machine… Read more >>

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Post image for Canoeing The Spey With Kevin, Ray & Justine part 7 – More Whisky, Little Water

The intrepid gang of four continue their off-river excursion to visit another distillery. This time the small but perfectly formed Ballindalloch distillery. Kevin asks some searching questions and gets more than he bargained for… Read more >>

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Post image for Canoeing The Spey With Kevin, Ray & Justine parts 5 and 6 – Where Does The Whisky Come From?

The gang wake to a chilly start but get going quickly. No cooked breakfast today! There’s a reason for the alacrity, though, word of the possibility of sampling some of the local produce. By this, Kevin assumes, hopes, prays Justine means whisky. Read more >>

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Post image for Canoeing The Spey With Kevin, Ray & Justine part 4 – Setting Camp In The Dark

The Spey saga continues. We take a side trip to walk to some ancient standing stones. Kevin underestimates the haggis but his obsession with filming sheep means we end up paddling the last part of our route virtually in the dark. And then we still have to set up camp… Read more >>

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Post image for Canoeing The Spey With Kevin, Ray & Justine part 3 – River Safety

The adventure continues on the River Spey. In this section the river starts moving, Kevin needs to negotiate some rapids and Ray talks safety and signals so everyone is on the same page… Read more >>

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Post image for Canoeing The Spey With Kevin, Ray & Justine part 2 – A Few Campfire Tricks

The off-the-wall journey down the Spey with Kevin Callan, Ray Goodwin and Justine Curgenven continues with the morning after the night before. Pancakes, bacon and maple syrup are on the menu but the priority is coffee. First, though, I need to get the fire going… Read more >>

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Post image for Canoeing The River Spey With Kevin Callan, Ray Goodwin and Justine Curgenven – part 1

Ray Goodwin and I take Kevin Callan and Justine Curgenven down the River Spey on a magical mystery tour of water, whisky and wild haggis… Read more >>

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Post image for Canoeing The River Tees – One Day Tandem, One Day Solo

Recently I was able to spend a couple of days paddling on the Tees. The first day I paddled tandem from Cotherstone to Barnard Castle, a run I have done multiple times before but the water levels are always different so there is no lack of variety. It’s also a very picturesque section of river… Read more >>

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Post image for Hooks, Handles And Hangers: Using Nature’s Shapes

By necessity, much of the materials of remote cabins have to be transported to the location. Some of the smaller, finishing details, however, rely on more immediately available resources. These details reflect the personality of the people who put them there, their decisions and their handywork… Read more >>

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Post image for Wash Day On The River Spey

Every year Ray Goodwin and I lead canoe-camping trips on the River Spey in the Scottish Highlands. It’s a lovely river to paddle in an open boat and the surrounding scenery is beautiful. Travelling in such a fantastic natural environment, there are many highlights. Amongst the highlights of a watery nature are several rapids which […] Read more >>

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