Category: Advice and Guidance

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…

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.…

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…