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Gultnieks Lee Kayak, Gairloch

Nibby, Ken and Sue luckily got a lovely calm morning on the water – great for us but maybe not such a good start for the Gairloch boat club sailing races that were due to be starting later on in the day. As we paddled around we saw thousands of little fish schooling and jumping out of the water.

Dewhurst Aitken Kayak, Gairloch

Ashley and Beth were on their tour around the #NC500 and they stopped off for a look at the route from the water’s edge. We paddled from Gairloch harbour, exploring the rugged coastline as we went around, bumping into a number of large jelly fish on the way.

Phipps Paddle, Mellon Charles

Oliver, Sonja, Rafaella, Felix and Oskar joined me in Mellon Charles for a slightly breezy session. We used the wind to our advantage and headed around the coastline with it, using sheltered spots to learn some skills and play some games. Oskar, who joined me in my boat, decided that I had such a great job he’s going to become a canoe instructor when he’s older too.

 

Sophie & Simeon Kayak, Gairloch

Sophie and Simeon met me for an afternoon paddle as part of their #NC500 adventure. They chose the sea kayaks rather than the more stable sit on top kayaks, Simeon might have regretted this later when he inadvertently took a dip.

Claxton Kayak, Gairloch

David, Emilie, Harriet and Matilda joined me at Gairloch Harbour for a fun morning splashing about in kayaks. As well as the piranhas that often join us on the water we had some seals swimming along with us and some lion’s mane jelly fish below us.

 

Cordles Kayak, Shieldaig

Dave, Rebecca, Emily and Elliot joined me for the afternoon session at Shieldaig. The heavy rain shower didn’t deter them or the seals. The rain soon got bored and it cleared into a nice afternoon.

Fereday Kayak, Shieldaig

Peter, Joseph, Amber, George and Emily joined me just south of Gairloch at Loch Shieldaig for some fun in the kayaks. We had a great morning learning skills, playing games, seeing the seals and scenery.

Gero Kayak, Mellon Charles

James, George and Isabella met me for their second session on the water, this time from the old military beach in Mellon Charles. We took the sea kayaks out this time and learnt how they paddle compared to the sit on tops we used the other day.

 

 

The low tide gave us a great opportunity to spot lots of sea life all around the craggy coastline.

 

Vincent Canoe, Gairloch

Julia, Dave, Georgina and Jack joined me for some fun canoeing. We had a great time paddling around the craggy coastline and spotting seals swimming near us. We ended with Georgina and Jack getting thrown from the slip way into the water – for fun, not as a punishment!

Gero Kayak, Shieldaig

James, Isabella and George joined me for an afternoon on sit on top kayaks. James’ parents live in Ullapool and as a Christmas present bought them two sessions out on the water with me. We had a good time paddling around the sheltered loch whilst watching the many seals and having fun.

 

Charleston House Kayak, Gairloch

Jonathan and Ross didn’t have far to walk to meet me, Jonathan is currently renovating Charleston House, which overlooks the harbour area. Being so close to the water he’s keen to learn to kayak and be able to get out for a paddle straight from his doorstep when he gets his own boat.

 

Hanlon Kayak, Gairloch

Johnny, Julia, Rosie and Eliza came to Gairloch for a paddle. We headed around the coastline and luckily had a nice low tide which enabled us to spot lots of sea life in and around the water.

 

Lee Kayak, Gairloch

Jane, Aodhan and Grace joined me for some damp kayaking. We had a ‘refreshing’ heavy rain shower just after our brew break, not being wet enough they all ended up swimming after that. In the end it was hard to keep Grace on her boat as she kept jumping off!

 

Rust & Relaxation Kayak, Gairloch

Molly, Frazer and Wayne stopped off on their #NC500 trip for an afternoons kayaking. We had a nice low tide so as well as the normal seals and bird life we were able to clearly spot lots of star fish and sea urchins as we kayaked around the rugged coastline.

 

 

 

Priest Kayak, Gairloch

Michael and Daisy joined me out in sea kayaks from Gairloch harbour. Michael runs a B&B down in Lochcarron and is keen to get out on the water when he can. We paddled along with the seals watching us as we admired the scenery, peace and tranquillity of the area.

 

Brown Canoe, Gairloch

Beth, Pete, Isla and Esmé met me for a mornings canoeing. We paddled around from Gairloch harbour to watch the seals swim along by us. The sky wasn’t quite as bright and blue as it could have been but that didn’t stop us having a great time exploring the great coastline.