Tag: Adventure

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,…

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…

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…

Microadventures book cover

What is a #microadventure ?

While hashtags are quite a new social phenomena, British adventurer Alastair Humphreys' use of the #microadventure is one that has probably helped the use of them grow rapidly within adventure and outdoor circles. But what is a 'microadventure'? Quite simply, and to quote Alastair Humphreys, it is: "A microadventure is an adventure that is short, simple, local, cheap – yet still fun, exciting, challenging, refreshing and rewarding." And this is…

Old National Geographic magazines

Potential ‘Slow’ adventures…

Yesterday I was privileged to spend the day exploring the Ardtornish Estate on foot, in a sea kayak and (dare I say it) in a 4x4 car with a view to putting together a few different 'slow' adventures. These are not just for their guests but for anyone wanting to visit the Ardnamurchan Peninsulas, specifically Morvern, and experience what the Ardtornish Estate offers in terms of landscape, wildlife, and also…

Canoes ready to launch

A Family Canoe Adventure

Waking up late to a view as calm and beautiful as this was inspiration for a family canoe adventure. And it was a surprise that it wasn't the otter that made an appearance, but a common seal! A little unusual to see them this far up Loch Sunart, but a good omen for the day's adventure perhaps... [caption id="attachment_2946" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Loch Sunart of a perfectly calm morning (Image courtesy…