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Plans are afoot for a possible Spring 2022 return of the Midwest Sea Kayak Symposium

Midwest Symposium to return in Spring 2022?

Plans are afoot for a possible Spring 2022 return of the popular Midwest Sea Kayak Symposium from Argyll Kayaks, last held in 2019. Check back here or the Argyll Kayaks website for more news...

A Symposium with a difference.

The Mid West Sea Kayak Symposium will take place in the beautiful village of Tayvallich in North Knapdale, Argyll. Our aim is for you to thoroughly enjoy the weekend and to come away with a new or much improved set of kayaking skills. With one coach to every six participants and a maximum of 40 participants, you'll have a much more personal experience than at other symposiums.


The village is around 12 miles from Lochgilphead, and has an inn, cafe, shop and campsite, and offers direct access to the stunning, sheltered waters of Loch Sween: see village website www.tayvallich.com. The village is also great for access to the more exposed Sound of Jura, with the beautiful bay at Carsaig under a mile away, offering far reaching views to Jura and Islay in the south and to Scarba and beyond in the north.

Symposium Hub

We'll be using the Tayvallich village hall as the Symposium Hub. Registration will be at the Hub, and courses will start from here. And perhaps most importantly, the Hub will be where the Saturday evening ceilidh will take place.


Please arrange your own accommodation for the weekend. There are several options - plenty of camping pitches at the campsite in Tayvallich plus limited B&B or hotel accommodation.

Camping: Leachive Campsite is in Tayvallich itself - right beside the loch.
website: www.leachive.co.uk
tel: 01546 870206

Bed and Breakfast/hotels -There are a limited number of B&Bs in and around Tayvallich which tend to book up really quickly.  There are also B&Bs/hotels in nearby Crinan, Cairnbaan, Kilmartin or Lochgilphead.

Self-catering - a number of local holiday houses and cottages are listed on the Airbnb website. 


Food and Drink

Tayvallich has a very good Cafe overlooking the loch which is open during the day. (9-5pm on Fri/Sat and 10-5pm on Sunday). The shop and cafe are a couple of minutes walk from the Symposium hub in Tayvallich village hall.

The Tayvallich Inn is a popular spot for food and drink: see website www.tayvallichinn.com

There's also a village shop to pick up any food supplies you need and a good-sized Co-op in Lochgilphead.

Evening Entertainment

There will be a ceilidh dance on Saturday night at the Symposium Hub in Tayvallich village hall (included in the Symposium fee). Please bring your own refreshments.



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