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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.


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Isle of Bute

Route Distance: ~30 nm / 56 km
Prevailing direction: CW


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1K1MJohn Willacy05:34:1319-Apr-14Rockpool TaranYesCW
2K1MBrian Turnbull06:16:0009-Jun-13Rockpool TaranYesCW
3K1M_SkiGraham Bell06:59:3201-Jul-21Think Six skiYesCW
4K1MIan Cooke08:03:1615-Aug-20Rockpool TaranYesCCW

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


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1TeamRichard Peevor
Kamala Sen
08:30:0011-Jun-16SKUK Explorer HV
Valley Nordkapp LV
2TeamDean Dunbar
Allistair Swinsco
3TeamPaul Edmonson
Malcolm Stubbs
3 days17-Feb-13Perception Essence
Perception Essence

6 team paddlers in 3 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
7 completions -- 4 solo + 3 team + 0 escorted
10 paddlers in total (4 solo / 6 team / 0 escorted

Route Distance: ~30 nm / 56 km
Prevailing direction: CW
Recorded Start Points: