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Watson Kayak, Shieldaig

Neil and Flora have their own kayaks and wanted to get out to learn a few skills. We had a lovely morning paddling just south of Gairloch from Loch Shieldaig.

Wignall Kayak, Shieldaig

Alan, Pam, Imogen and George came paddling with me this afternoon, a sunny and calm afternoon. Alan and Pam have been canoeing with me before, having a house near Poolewe means they’re in the area a lot. Alan and George decided to use the sea kayaks and Pam and Imogen opted for the more stable sit on top kayaks.

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Brunwin Kayak, Mellon Charles

John has recently bought himself a kayak and wanted to get out in it to learn some skills. We’d had some pretty wild and windy weather lately but this morning was the start of a nice calm period. After trying out some stokes we practiced them by exploring the exciting coastline around Mellon Charles.

Aspeslagh & Co Canoe, Badachro

Sofie, Bart, Andrew and Tom’as met me for an afternoon paddling from Badachro. It was a unusually warm and calm, a welcome change! They opted for canoes to explore the craggy coastline and search for seals. We spotted a range of wildlife above and below the surface, from tiny starfish to huge seals lounging out on the rocks.

David Kayak, Shieldaig

David had a slightly damp start to the morning but it didn’t keep the wildlife away. We had a very inquisitive seal who swam all around us, under us and next to us. It’s always a great sight to see a seal swimming right underneath your kayak. As we paddled gently around the shoreline we came across an otter swimming along and then pottering around on the shore.

Brown Canoe, Shieldaig

Kevin, Elisabeth and John joined me in rafted canoes to explore Loch Shieldaig. The rafted canoes mean we have a very stable craft and it enables us to all paddle together. We were able to spot plenty of tiny starfish scattered across the seabed along with the normal seals swimming around the loch.

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Johnson & Co Kayak, Gairloch

Kathryn, David, Pete and Helen spent the morning paddling around the coastline on calm, clear water from Gairloch harbour. A nice range of wildlife came to see us, including this big barrel jellyfish.

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Allans Paddle, Gairloch

Max, Pippa, Fraser, James and Fiona came paddling with me from Gairloch harbour. The lads had paddled with me last year but it was Pippa and Fiona’s first time with me on the water. We had a fun time around the coastline from the harbour, plenty to see above and below the water.

Fereday Yates Kayak, Gairloch

Peter, Liz, Millie, Tasha, Amber and George came for a kayak. Half of them had paddled with me last year and still seemed to remember me pushing them in vividly – I’m sure I’m never that nasty!

Illidge Kayak, Gairloch

Kath, Darran, Thomas and Rebecca came kayaking with me in the afternoon, it might not have been a sunny blue sky day but the seals brightened up the day by popping up to watch us as we paddled.

Gouldthorpe Paddle, Gairloch

Nick, Louise, Adam and Chloe spent the morning with me exploring the coastline from Gairloch. Louise chose to join me in a canoe whilst the other opted for kayaks, my small person kayaks being ideal for Adam and Chloe.

Badami Kayak, Badachro

Arnie, Gina and Ossian spent a damp afternoon on the water with me from Badachro. Despite the liquid sunshine we had a great time exploring the rocky coastline and spotting seals watching us.

Lamb Judge Paddle, Shieldaig

Katie and Spencer both chose different boats to use on our trip, Katie deciding that the canoe was for her and Spencer opting for a sit on top kayak. We had another day of calm seas which made it easy for us to explore the coastline.

Mitchell Kayak, Shieldaig

The Mitchell group came out for an afternoon exploring the area by water on a mixture of sea kayaks and sit on top kayaks. They all had different levels of experience in kayaks but everyone soon got to grips with their boat, controlling them easily around the rocky coastline.

Clenaghan Kayak, Shieldaig

The Clenaghan clan met me on a grey day near the Shieldaig Lodge Hotel. The still water and low tide helped us spot wildlife as we explored the craggy coastline of little Loch Shieldaig.

Musa Kayak, Gairloch

Lesley and Magda came paddling with me on a very still and calm day from Gairloch harbour. The clear and still water allowed us to see plenty of wildlife below, like this Spiny Starfish and Lion’s Maine Jellyfish.