A DETERMINED, fundraising duo planning to become the first adventurers to circumnavigate mainland Britain in an open canoe will set off from Strontian.
Colin Skeath and his nephew, Davis Gould-Duff, are making the attempt in a Swift Temagami craft and will leave from outside the Sunart Hotel on Sunday April 30.
The pair plan to cover the 2,500 miles clockwise. When conditions allow, they will take the shortest route between daily stops, taking maximum advantage of each tide.
Colin said: ‘My wife Katrina and I have moved to Strontian from Halifax in West Yorkshire, where we both worked for West Yorkshire Police. We had been coming to the west coast for a long time and had been hoping to move up for the past 13 years. Now we have finally done it. Although it will make the circumnavigation longer, we thought it would be nice to start at Strontian as it is now our home. Davis is 25 years old - half my age - and is currently living in Limerick in Southern Ireland. He will be giving up his job working in an outdoor shop to enable him to go on the trip.’
As well as being a personal challenge, Colin and Davis will be raising money for the Forget Me Not Charity.
Colin added: ‘I feel very fortunate when I look at the struggles some people face in their daily lives, so to be able to support a charity is a privilege.’
To find out more or donate visit www.canoearoundbritain.com.
Colin Skeath with his nephew, Davis, will paddle from Strontian on April 30 to circumnavigate the UK in an open canoe.