The UK’s Largest body of water  - your playground for the weekend 

Loch Lomond  should be the sea if it wasn't for a few geological occurances  - just look at it on the map  you can literally walk to the  sea at Tarbet (which translates as a place to portage boats). 

No need to be a sailing guru 

We’re here to teach and support from our powerboat “Freedom’ there probably cannot be a more beutiful sailing classroom for a nippy light boat 

Canoe  Sailing is super inclusive

We pioneered canoe sailing as an excellent example of how with some thought sailing can be super low tech, go anywhere and inclusive of people with a huge range of needs. We can use any beach, do on land transfers and even pull the sailing canoe inside the powerboat to make on water adjustments.

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Sheet in and smile

There is an amazing feeling that you get with the pull of the wind presses the float into the water and the boat kicks up its heels and scoots off accross the water. Elemental, joyous and exillerating.

Self-sufficiency - wonderful simplicity 

With two full days and an overnight (option of 2 night) this adventure is a great chance to take a break from all the pressures and focus on the important things. Food, shelter, fire and friendship (and whisky!).

Great food 

Our trips are always well catered, as we love good food and on this trip will cook fresh food over an open fire.  

And yes this is a muck in event where we can help with your bushcraft talents in fire lighting, shelter building and campfire cuisine.

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Canoe Sailing - lightweight, fast and independent

Elemental conversion of wind to joy 

We love canoe sailng we love camping out and we love Scotland all the ingredieants for a very special weekend indeed.

We meet at the South end of the loch at Balloch (easy access by train). And move from there by (wheelchair accessible) powerboat to our teaching spot. And being with a briefing about how to rig and sail your boat. For some this will be a refresher and for others the first time they have been shown the ropes. 

Overnight we have a island campspot in mind and part of the expeirence is getting to grips with campfire lighting and cooking. In the setting sun.

On day 2 we set out for the North of the lake with the wind behind us, before hopping in the support boat to ride back to the start point .

We have included a single nights camping on Saturday in the main plan to include those for whom 1 night under canvas may be adventure enough. Our thought is those coming from further away might like to arragne their own indoor accomodation in Glasgow or the National Park the night before and/or after. You are most welcome to a motor boat pick up on the evening of the 3rd and to spend two nights camping (we will be), so the kits already packed anyway.

* This is plan A assuming favourable weather

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New skills 

Sailing a Canoe is sailing

The physics of sailing is consistant over all sailing craft so what you learn here is relevant to smaller craft or tall ships. 

Camp craft and Living comforatbly wild 

We love finding a remote spot and making it home. Making shelter, fire lighting, dealaing with toilet needs and creating clean water are all part of the weekends experiences. The joy of being comforatble and sefl sufficant is addictive. 

We have adaptive solutions for those with specific needs 

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Fantastic Fun  

Sleep where few get the chance to

With a craft capable of accessing the more remote spots we get access to some of the most beutiful and wild places on this very famous of scotish Lochs

Rain or Sun

It’s great to be out sailing, camping and laughing with like minded people. 

Great Accessiblity 

Everything we do is designed to maximise inclusiveness

Check out the accessibility section to get a heads up about the environment and levels of enablement we can provide. 

Important sailfast Loch Lomond Info

Dates and Costs 

  • 2 days adventure and 1 nights buschcaft camping 

  • Meet: Balloch Train Station 6pm Friday  1 July or 10am Saturday 2 July (optional extra overnight camp) 

  • Depart :  Sunday 3 July - 4pm (last train to London and everywhere else) 

  • £321 per person 

    Accomodation is in, tent, tarp or hammock (if suitable trees)

What is included?

  • Tent, hammock or tarp in a single or doubles (your choice)

    We supply sleeping equippment including sleeping bags, mats and tents

  • All meals from Saturday Breakfast (if staying on Friday) to Sunday Lunch 

  • All technical equipment

  • British qualified Sailing Instructor

  • Transport from and to the train station

  • Bring only a small bag as we are travelling by Canoe - we provide everything for outdoor living
    (and it is great quality comfortable stuff)

What do we actually do

  • Brush up your Sailing skills 

  • Paddle the  most sung about Loch in Scotland 

  • Glyde around the beutiful islands and remote inlets

  • A dram at sunset

  • Camp in amazing places

  • Watch sunsets bemoan early sunrises

  • Light and cook by campfire

  • Have a laugh as a friendly welcoming group of like-minded people

Sailfast Lomond Accessibility

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Vision

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    Suitable for people able to navigate short stretches of rough ground unaided and longer walks with assistance

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  • We are well staffed for this trip, a lot of help is available for support both on and off activity time

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    Come with an adventure buddy

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    Arrange an Anyone Can volunteer guide

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Cognition

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  • Suitable for those able to self manage without dedicated support or with a dedicated carer

  • We will help with meals, reminding about medications etc 

  • Participants should be capable of understanding and acting appropriately around fires and at the water's edge without constant supervision 

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    Come with an adventure buddy

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Mobility  

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  • The trip is possible for walking aid users.

    Regular transfers are required on most days. Normally these are between a good quality, level, floating platform and canoe 

  • People who use wheelchairs (essential users)

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    This trip is possible for an adventurous wheelchair user who can self transfer and bum shuffle (we bring a motorboat as support)

    The majority of facilities on the journey are not adapted,  or are situated across unsurfaced beaches and woodland

    We have a portable toilet and privacy tent with portable handrails

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Auditory 

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    Suitable for people with most auditory impairments that do not require signing to communicate 

  • A BSL assistant instructor is occasionally available

  • We have radios and Tloop transmission  units to aid hearing when seperated in differing boats 

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    Come with an adventure buddy

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    Arrange an Anyone Can volunteer guide

From London by rail 

Hop on the Caladonian Sleeper and snuggle up. You will wake up in Glasgow on the morning - 1 stop on the Glasgow underground and hop on Balloch train

TOP TIP  look at buying a Glasgow return ticket separately which are often much cheaper and then buy singles onwards

Or

Travel up during the day before, stay overnight in Glasgow and get the Balloch train the next day.

Other places by rail

Any rail route that arrives in Glasgow is easy.  Glasgow is the Northern terminal of the West Coast main line and Edinburgh (50mins from Glasgow) is similarly the head of the East Coast mainline. This means that most of the UK is in easy reach of a train going the right way. 

By Air 

Fly into Glasgow City  (Belfast, Bristol, London, Birmingham, Manchester) one train to Centre then another to Balloch

European Start up Funded 

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European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development  

Europe investing in rural areas

Anyone Can: Connecting Transport Hubs to Lake Shores - Accessible Canoeing

Purchase of an accessible powered support and rescue vessel, and a mobile fleet of canoes with trailer

It is part funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development 

Supported by the Cumbria Fells and Dales Local Action Group 

Excellent accessibility icons designed by Emma Briggs Design

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