Campfire on beach reached by canoe

Two firsts for Otter Adventures…

This month saw two firsts for Otter Adventures – but not ones that I am proud of or will be celebrating. Last weekend was the first time guests that had been booked in for quite a while did not turn up. This was then followed by my having to postpone/cancel trips due to personal illness. Every business has it’s low points and this has been one of mine since I…

Edging an open canoe on flat water

One Simple Question?

One simple question was all it took to start an afternoon of exploring paddling techniques. The question was intended to challenge and stretch my understanding of ‘correct’ paddle technique. Which it did. And I’m still working out the answer. What was I doing? What was the question? The actual question I’ll get to later, but this was the first day of a new phase of professional development for me. It…

Wildlife watching from an open canoe

Wildlife watching on the water

For me there is no doubt that wildlife watching on the water, in canoe or kayak, is far better than on land. It is almost as though the forna doesn’t expect you to be there. As less people venture on the water than on land we are the ones being watched. As you are in their territory perhaps they have the upper hand. Out beyond the land there is open…

Backlit sea kayaker

A glorious end of season bespoke sea kayak day

If there was a great way to finish the season, then paddling in perfect winter conditions would be up there. Paddling with guests who have become friends (and paddlers) made it even more special and memorable. A perfect start to an early winters day on Loch Sunart. And an amazing place to be sea kayaking. It was the first cold day of the winter with frost on the kayaks. The…

Paddling Britain book image

Paddling Britain: Sea Kayaking Carna

You may have seen that one of my photographs is in Lizzie Carr’s excellent new book ‘Paddling Britain’. However, I have a couple of variations to avoid conflict at her starting point. This will hopefully avoid any potential issues with the fish farm in Laga. Due to an injury (a cycling incident), this blog post is not yet complete. I hope to paddle and record my version of the route.…