As part of Visit Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage & Archaeology in conjunction with Jane from Special Branch Baskets, Piotr Gudan from Outdoor Explore is planning to take a nearly 60 year old kayak down River Tay. Starting at Killin and heading toward Coupar Angus, 85km away!
They are planning to undertake this magnificent challenge on a boat with fantastic story to it on Wednesday 21st June 2017.
Here is the Old Green Kayak
The Kayak came into Piotr’s possession earlier this year from a local resident in Alyth. He told a fantastic ‘back story’ to this boat:
It was built by his father in early 1960s. He remembers being taken as a young boy on trips on the Tay, Isla and Clunie Lochs many years ago. The boat was handcrafted in Alyth, only few streets away from current Outdoor Explore’s base – the Barony.
This converted church re-opened in February 2017 as an outdoorsy hub, shop and information centre and used to have an auction house attached to it. The man who built the kayak, originated from Polish emigration after the Second World War, was working at the time for the auction house in Alyth which was attached to the Barony. When he was building this lovely boat he needed some space to do the finishing touches. He chose the Barony to do this! So the kayak has return to it’s original place. It was kindly donated to Piotr to become a great museum like display. He thought he would take it on one more great adventure before it is put on display!
This two man boat is made of a wooden skeleton, probably spruce and covered with canvas. Painted with waterproof, green, still original paint! The boat it’s in great condition for it’s age with many original features. The only modern items will be safety and food related.
Piotr was looking for a Perthshire based great kayak challenge and couldn’t think of a better place than the River Tay. So the plan will be to launch at Killin by the west end of Loch Tay at 6am on Wednesday 21st June 2017 and travel down (mostly). By Kenmore they will join the River Tay, passing Aberfeldy, Grandtully, Dunkeld and Caputh. Then by Meiklour area they are hoping to join the River Isla (yes, upstream!) towards Coupar Angus.
So keep an eye out for them and give them a wave if you see them !