In 2017, Cal Major, a surfer, scuba diver and environmental campaigner paddled around the Isle of Skye. Not in sea kayaks as Tim and I did in 2011 but on a paddle board, or SUP. I spoke with her about the journey a few months later, noting the headlands, crossings and camps we had shared some six years apart. Cal’s motivation for her circumnavigation of Skye which formed part of her Paddle against Plastic campaign, was very different to ours, though we shared many similar concerns and reactions to the experience, both during and after the trip.
After Skye, there followed many trips to far north-west but Shetland was perhaps the next big trip for me. Cal however embarked on something altogether different – LEJOG by SUP. It is not a trip which lends itself in any obvious way to paddle-boarding, but then Cal is not someone to do the most obvious thing. What’s difficult and what’s possible as she notes in this article for Sidetracked Magazine, are two different things.