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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…

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…