Join a Skiff around Scotland


Two intrepid  St Ayles skiff rowers are  attempting to row round the coast of Scotland in a St Ayles Skiff.  Frazer MacDonald Hay and Ian Baird have secured the loan of skiff number 8 “Puffin” from the Berwickshire Maritime Trust.  They have been busy renovating the skiff and making small alterations to make her more suitable for a long voyage and have even started trying to get fit for the attempt.

However they have come to realise that there are only two of them, and that it takes five to fully crew a St Ayles skiff.  They love the idea of having skiffies from all the local St Ayles clubs (and further afield) join them for legs of the journey.

SAS route

The exact route has still to be determined, and will of course be subject to considerations of conditions as the journey proceeds.  However they will set off from Eyemouth in early May, rowing from there up the Firth of Forth to the Forth and Clyde Canal, to avoid having to carry the skiff on their backs from Berwick to the Solway.  They are going to enjoy the sheltered waters of the west coast, and will probably take an inner route through the Hebrides. From there they will round Cape Wrath and Dunnet Head before heading back down the East Coast, finishing their journey at North Berwick.  They hope to visit many of the Coastal Rowing Clubs that they pass, and would enjoy the company of other St Ayles skiffs from time to time.

Please do follow their progress on the Skiff Around Scotland facebook page  and at .  You will see that they are hoping to raise some funds for the RNLI as part of their voyage.

Please get in touch with Ian and Frazer directly if you are interested in a bit of exercise, a lot of fun, plenty of chat, a lack of sleep and the acquisition of various aches, pains and blisters.  You can be part of a fantastic adventure. Contact them through the “Row with Us” page on their website.

Frazer Working on Puffin's Hull

Frazer Working on Puffin’s Hull



Ian, Frazer and Puffin

Ian, Frazer and Puffin

Even if you are not able to join them in their adventure, you can help by making suggestions of dramatic, quirky or intriguing places that they and their crews should visit as they row round the coast.  Feel free to post a comment here with your ideas.

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