A little taste of Canadian wilderness

Canoeing in Algonquin and Temagami, Canada

Paddling out from the mouth of the Strontian River I am always reminded of the time I spent canoeing and kayaking in the Canadian wilderness. The similarities to the parks of Temagamai and Algonquin are most definitely there… Setting out on Lake Temagami, Canada, towards our base camp for the next two weeks. Almost twenty years ago (1988) I was fortunate to receive funding from Earthwatch as part of their Millennium…

Mirror calm water for kayaker

Beginners and sea kayak journeys

There is one question that has cropped up in our first two months of business more than any other: can beginners join the trips? There is a perception that you need to be an experienced canoeist or kayaker (or cyclist or mountain walker) in order to come on our journeys and adventures. Not true! All our adventures are bespoke and tailored to your wishes and abilities. If you are beginners,…

Coffee, cake and canoes

Journey or Adventure?

On our website you will see trips advertised as a being either a journey or adventure. Read on if you are wondering what the differences are. I will explain them and guide you in choosing the right one to base your bespoke trip on. Journey or Adventure? As a general guide, if you see the word ‘Journey‘ in the title, you should expect a slightly longer trip. This may involve…

Wildernesse or Gaskan

A short canoe journey to Wildernesse to discover Tomkies

Today I had the pleasure of a 1:1 canoe journey on a slightly windy Loch Shiel with the intention of reaching Gaskan. Here lies an old crofters cottage, once owned by Mike Tomkies and renamed to ‘Wildernesse’ overlooking ‘Heron Island’. The trip was a present for Andy for one of his ‘significant birthdays’. It was also to help him achieve a long standing ambition to set foot on the shores…

Strange route markers

Family Discovery Walk Above Strontian

A Family Discovery Walk are a great way to explore the stunning environments learn a little about them as you go. Although they are geared towards children there is plenty in there for adults to do as well. And you local guide will be able to point out so many things and keep everyone discovering so many new things throughout the day. This walk, above the head of Loch Sunart and…