Category: Expert Insight

Ardnamurchan Lighthouse comes into view on an incredible sea kayak journey

Sea Kayaking around Ardnamurchan Point

Sea kayaking around Ardnamurchan Point is, occasionally, a calm affair and a trip to be savoured. Mostly it is a rough, wild place exposed to the ravages of the North Atlantic storms. Picking the right day to kayak around 'The Point' is crucial unless you like your paddling to be challenging! The exposed coastline combined with no easy egress points makes it a wild place in poor weather. Ardnamurchan Point,…

A low pressure system sits to the NW of the UK

Understanding what weather can do to the tides

A little understanding of what the weather can do to the tides does help explain what occurred last night. It was not simply a case of a 'very high tide' - the weather conditions played a significant part in causing the flooding. Storm Brendam being the principal culprit this time... For those that know the area, the show field in Strontian and the Kilcamb fields were both under a little…

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…

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.…