For me it's all about mountains. Water sports are fun if they are done occasionally and when the weather is good. So it was a a real change to enjoy a day on the water with the very excellent guys at Rockhopper Sea Kayaking. To be fair we were surrounded by the lovely mountains surrounding Loch Ailort but we were very definitely on the water and a long way from land!
This was a trip with my family - Louise my lovely wife and our three energetic children Owen, Megan and Katie. We have all done a very little kayaking in the past but certainly not enough to launch out onto the open water by ourselves. So Ben from Rockhopper took us out for a long afternoon paddle along Loch Ailort with a wee stop at Peanmeanach Bothy to stretch the legs. I think we covered about 7km in all with a bit of tide and some wind to paddle against. The weather was cold and dry as it has been these last few days and the views up to An Stac and Roisbheinn were brilliant.
Once my knees finally give in to the relentless work of walking up and down mountains I'm sure I'll take up some sea kayaking. It is such a great way to see some wonderful parts of Scotland and really get in touch with nature. The birds and seals were very curious to see us today! If you ever want a break from climbing or even want to check out some sea cliffs for rock climbing potential I can certainly recommend Rockhopper Sea Kayaking.
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