Billie & Shane Kayak, Gairloch

21-7-16 Billie & Shane (45)

Billie and Shane are across from Buckie to enjoy the magnificent NC500. After a night in Applecross they came up to Gairloch for some paddling before heading north towards Ullapool. We had a great time on the water, learning kayak skills, having fun and enjoying the rocky coastline.

21-7-16 Billie & Shane (34)

Smith Kayak, Gairloch

20-7-16 Smith (13)Fiona and Bruce left the kids at home this afternoon as they joined me for a paddle. We headed out from the harbour to explore the coastline. It was a good paddle with a nice selection of wildlife on route and a few seals to keep us company.

Fisher Kayak, Mellon Charles

19-7-16 Fisher (66)

19-7-16 Fisher (38)The beautiful sunshine continued into the afternoon, the beach got busier (at least a handful of other folk on the beach – busy in Wester Ross terms!), and the Fisher family arrived to see me again. I’ve paddled with them for quite a few years now, but for some reason they keep coming back.

This time Rob and Letty left Erin and Louise at home but brought Bram, Madelief, Roelien and Antony along. We had a great time paddling around in kayaks, exploring around the rocky coastline and ending up on their holiday accommodation’s beach. We bumped into Louise and Erin for a brew, then headed back onto the water for more paddling and games.

Ritchie & Co Kayak, Shieldaig

12-07-16 Ritchie (30)

12-07-16 Ritchie (44)

It was a special day and holiday for these folk, Donald was celebrating his birthday today and just a few days earlier Duncan and Mandy got married. What better way to celebrate than a session on the water with Ewe Canoe?!…

We had a great, fun session on the water (and in the water for a few folk!). An enjoyable evening for all.

 

12-07-16 Ritchie (16)

Neal Kayak, Badachro

24-06-16 Neal (2)Anne and Peter joined me again for some more paddling. This year we went from Badachro, just along the road from where they are staying. We had some lovely still weather to paddle in, with seals nipping up to watch us and birds flying around. Anne and Peter last paddled with me over in Mellon Charles on an equally still day.

 

24-06-16 Neal (19)

Ben & Graeme Kayak and Firefighting, Badachro

May 15 16 Ben & Graeme
I met Ben and Graeme at Badachro for a kayak session, just as we prepared to get on the water we were alerted to an out of control fire threatening the houses on Eilean Horrisdale. We set off for the island to give the few local folk already there a hand tackling the fire. The fire was spreading quickly due to the fact that we’ve had little rain in the past few weeks, so last years bracken is so dry and easily lit. The fire was beaten down with oars and bucket of water, keeping it away from the buildings. By the time that the local fire brigade had arrive on the island we had managed to put the fire out.

We then headed off to continue our session, seeing plenty of seals and scenery.May 15 16 Ben & Graeme (15)

Canoe training

DSCF5246I’ve been spending some time coaching some canoe skills recently. The wind chose not to help us at all – paddling a canoe solo in the wind can be quite tricky when you’re practising your strokes! Paddling tandem is of course far easier, assuming teamwork skills are ok!

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Cole Kayak, Gairloch

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Simon, Finlay and Erin joined me again for their second adventure with Ewe Canoe. This time we headed out from Gairloch Harbour on a calmer day amongst windy ones. They remembered their paddling strokes well and we were soon on our way, playing games and seeing wildlife.

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Rhodes Kayak

 

April4 16 Rhodes (6)

Allison and William have been paddling with me for years, they keep coming back to Wester Ross as many times a year as they can, always keen to get out paddling! We had a lovely day paddling, a great place to paddle on a calm day.

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Crawford Pauwels Paddling, Shieldaig and Gairloch

April 2 Crawford (45)

 

Amanda and Edwin joined me for a kayak from next to the Shieldaig Lodge Hotel. We had a nice paddle around the loch , seeing plenty of seals swimming around us.

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On our second meeting Amanda and Edwin brought along Archie, Marsaili and Abigail. This time we set off from Gairloch Harbour in the big canoes. After mastering some paddling strokes we played some games and set off around the coastline to see the dramatic coastline.

April8 16 Crawford (54)

Shepherd Loffill Kayak, Gairloch

Shepherd Loffill 28-10-15 (12)

 

Eloise and Elizabeth joined me in the afternoon for a paddle from Gairloch harbour. We headed out in the sea kayaks, sadly it was a very low tide meaning we had a fair way to carry the boats but once we got on the water it meant we had fantastic views of the sea bed. The weather was great for the end of October, giving us good paddling conditions to see the coastline and wildlife.Shepherd Loffill 28-10-15 (42)

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