Klean Kanteen UK ambassador Cal Major is ready to take on her next massive expedition, circumnavigating Scotland. Beginning in May, Cal will be travelling around Scotland’s rugged and dramatic coastline by stand-up paddleboard, exploring more of the incredible ocean biodiversity by scuba and free diving. Our Ocean, which covers 70% of the planet, plays a hugely important role in the climate and biodiversity crises. Follow along as Cal highlights the amazing marine wildlife of Scotland and shows the importance of these precious ecosystems which support everything from worms to whales.
You can follow along with Cal’s journey here with regular updates direct from the wild ocean of Scotland and this great live tracker, which shows Cal’s progress in real time.
Klean Kanteen UK ambassador Cal Major is a world-record stand up paddleboard adventurer, vet and ocean advocate. Her passion is making sure she can protect the vital ecosystems of the ocean from the climate and biodiversity crises and threat from single-use plastic. From amazing expeditions around the globe, to launching her own charity, Seaful, to help connect people with the ocean, we think she’s pretty amazing.
The next step of Cal’s expedition took her across to the Summer Isles, specifically Tanera Beag. This is an small, uninhabited island off north west Scotland. Cal’s crossing was another 20 miles, battling pain and exhaustion at times, but encouraged on by a breadth of wildlife - puffins, dolphins, skua, seals, gannets and guillemots. Once Cal had reached her overnight camping destination of Tanera Beag, she was in the Wester Ross Marine Protected Area. This area means that wildlife above and below water, are allowed to flourish. Dredging and trawling by large vessels is prohibited here.
Even though Tanera Beag is uninhabitied, washed up plastic covered the beach and rocks. The fact that deserted islands where wildlife should be safe to live and thrive are becoming over-run from plastic pollution, highlights how much we need to take action. Cal is planning a beach clean soon to try and help clear off this beautiful island!
After reaching Mull, the next big goal was to head to the Isle of Skye. Day one meant paddling for 18 miles (joined by some amazing friends for support) to reach Fascadale and camp under the stars, with an amazing view out towards Eigg and Skye.
Cal has put in some intense paddling to reach the Isle of Skye. Paddling over 50km in one day from 5am to 9pm to reach Skye, travelling from Mull to Ardnamurchan then on to the Isle of Skye. Despite the high temperatures and strong sun, Cal managed to push through and carry on going. With some dips in the sea to attempt to cool down of course. The second day of paddling meant hiding in the shade until evening tide, to avoid overheating again.
Next, Cal is setting off from Skye to head to the village of Applecross. Don’t forget, you can track Cal live with her paddle tracker linked at the top of this page!
After crossing to Arran, Cal took off at 4am for a very windy 30km crossing to Tarbert at Kintyre, before the next step of her journey - heading on towards Mull. From Arran to Tarbert bought some windy and challenging conditions, but Cal made it across in a morning (just in time for a second breakfast and brew from her Klean Kanteen TKWide).
Travelling on from Kintyre, next Cal took on the epic 30 miles to reach the Isle of Mull. One of the more challenging days of the trip so far, it was 8 hours of hard paddling hard and averaging about 4 miles an hour! Having to face Dorus Mor, a big tidal race that feeds the Corryvwerckan whirlpool, alongside some massive tides – it was a day of hard paddling. Around Mile 23, when Cal was really struggling, the ocean rewarded her with a sighting of her first ever minke whale! Just like that, she was spurred on to paddle and reach Mull before the tides turned.
An exhausting but rewarding day, seeing a host of amazing marine wildlife and facing some tough conditions!
Start of the Journey
Starting from Glasgow City Centre and making her way down the River Clyde, Cal has paddled 70km in the first two days of her expedition.
Finally stopping at Portencross at the base of the Clyde, the next step of journey will see her paddle 10 miles across the Firth of Clyde to the Isle of Arran.
Make sure you are following Cal (@cal_major) and Klean Kanteen UK (@kleankanteenuk) on Instagram for live updates.
Introduction to Scotland Ocean Nation
Klean Kanteen UK with the support of Klean Kanteen are proud to be helping ambassador Cal Major as she takes on her next expedition, circumnavigating around Scotland by Stand Up Paddleboard. Cal will investigate the amazing marine wildlife of Scotland and what we can do to protect this precious ocean ecosystems. Ahead of COP26 being hosted in Glasgow this year to highlight the ever growing Climate Crisis we are facing and how we can unite the world to tackle climate change. Follow along and watch this incredible journey unfold.
Charity Fundraising - Seaful
Seaful, founded by Cal in 2020, is the UK charity helping more people to reconnect to our ocean and waterways, for the mental health benefits and to nurture stewardship of our blue spaces.
One in five children in the UK has never been to the sea, and our societies are concerningly disconnected from nature. Time in nature, particularly in water, is scientifically proven to be beneficial for mental health. During this adventure, Cal will be raising vital funds for Seaful. She will also be running Seaful’s Vitamin Sea project activities, introducing children who have never been to the ocean to this awe-inspiring environment.