Kayaking is a great way to see Islay from a different and very interesting angle. Especially on a quiet and sunny day it can be heavenly. Kayaking can also take you to places which are hard to get to on foot, think for instance about the southeastern part of the island with all the skerries, inlets, islands and other features. It's already difficult by boat and walking can be almost impossible. And as you don't need an engine all you hear will be the sound of the water and the wildlife, a very tempting idea isn't it? Especially as you don't need any experience!
If you want to discover Islay with a kayak you can do so with an experienced kayaker on the island. Dave Protherough runs Kayak Wild Islay, based in Port Ellen, and he specialises in providing quality trips around the coastline of Islay. Kayak Wild Islay offers a range of guided trips and taster sessions for all the family: A half day is best suited for those wishing to try Sea Kayaking for the very first time. Kayak Wild Islay will kit you out, provide a safety demonstration and introduce the basics of boat handling to allow you to explore the bay and its surrounding skerries. On their website they write: Continue reading....
Each day will be a mix of relaxation and adventure. On a good day we may spend four or five hours in the kayaks and cover between seven and ten miles, with plenty of opportunities to land and explore islands on foot. The aim of the trip is not endurance but an opportunity to discover beautiful places using the ideal transport. For some it is the new activity that is appealing, for others it is the peace and tranquillity.
Kayaking in Loch Indaal
Along the way your guide will introduce you to the areas of abundant wildlife, you may spot seals, herons, arctic terns, black guillemots and even the elusive otter in its natural environment. The silent mobility of sea kayaks enables us to explore a world of remote islands, skerries and stunning beaches and discover hidden lagoons and bays.
If you feel this is your thing you can find the contact details and more information for Kayak Wild Islay on their website www.kayakwildislay.co.uk