29th June 2018
We are not taking any bookings from the beginning of July 2018 as we are hanging up our paddles on Skyak Adventures after 18 years.
Depending on where you are staying, you could try any of the companies below, some further away from Skye than others. They are not in any specific order as all work slightly differently, nearly all the owners and many of their staff have been trained and/or assessed on their kayaking journey by Gordon. Whoever you choose please let them know we sent you their way.
Kate Duffus Sea Kayak Skye, www.seakayakskye.org or firstname.lastname@example.org
Kevin Williams South Skye Sea Kayak, www.facebook.com/southskyeseakayak 07592 059577
Mountain & Sea Guides, Applecross email@example.com 01520 722734
NTS, Kintail, Morvich, near Eilean Donan castle firstname.lastname@example.org 01599 511231 or email@example.com
Raasay Outdoor Centre, firstname.lastname@example.org 01478 660266
Sea Kayak Plockton, www.seakayakplockton.co.uk01599 544422
Whitewave Activities, North end of Skye, email@example.com 01470 542414
Below all offer courses, tours & expeditions from their base or possibly Skye but can’t come to the island for just 1 or 2 days
Donald MacPherson Explore Highland Inverness www.explorehighland.com
Calum McKerral near Glasgow www.cmckerral.co.uk/
Rowland Woollven Oban www.rwoollven.co.uk/
Ken Lacey Sea Kayak Scotland, near Oban www.seakayakscotland.com
Tony Hammock Sea Freedom Kayak, near Oban www.seafreedomkayak.co.uk
Alice McInnes, Sea Kayak Alice, Edinburgh-based, www.seakayakalice.co.uk 07760 887034
Friends know our personal emails and initially we will use our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/SkyakAdventures, for updates including what next so if you are keen to follow our adventures do check it out, no need to be on FB yourself.
Many thanks to all who have supported us on Skye over the years, it’s been an incredible journey with two highlights being meeting those who have become our friends and connecting many others who in turn have gone on to paddle together & develop their own network of friends.
Gordon & Morag
Update on our move-we are not retiring, Gordon will continue to coach and will confirm the details at a later date. We hadn’t realised it was almost four months since our last news-it’s been a busy winter and we still have our house to sell with now just over four months till we leave. Bookings are coming in this and fast so don’t leave it too late if you want to kayak with us before we move unless you want to holiday on Vancouver island
20th November IMPORTANT NEWS
Some of you know, some of you have heard rumours, to others this may come as a complete surprise that Gordon & Morag are hanging up their paddles on Skyak Adventures at the end of June next year, 2018. That date marks eighteen years in business and as with any coming of age, it’s time to move onto a new and different chapter of our lives. Details of “what next” are still being worked out, though in what is a leap of faith we are not only leaving Skye but also Scotland for Vancouver Island. Although we are not setting up another sea kayaking business as one rumour suggests nor are we retiring
As to the future of Skyak Adventures – we aren’t quite sure yet as no-one is currently interested in taking up the reins. However, our house and Skyak Adventures will be for sale. If you are genuinely interested, in either or both, please get in touch.
The office will be closed from Friday lunchtime to Wed October 11th inclusive so there will be a delay in replying to emails. We have no availability during this time.
Wow it’s been a long time since we put on any news here, a reflection of a very busy summer.Just sent out our newsletter to those on our mailing list and this includes news of a new venture starting in November, development weekends:-
Over the winter Kate Duffus is running two series of development weekends for Skyak, one including sea kayak training and the other advanced sea kayak leader training plus the relevant navigation module for each if those attending the courses want this, otherwise purely skills at each level. There will be the associated assessments in the Spring.
Dates for sea kayak leader standard are 11/12th Nov, 13-14th Jan & 10-11th Feb and advanced leader standard are 2nd/3rd Dec, 20th/21st Jan & 17/18th Feb.
Further details email us
The office will be closed from lunchtime Friday 30th June till 6th July lunchtime inclusive. There will not be anyone able to answer emails or the phone during that time as we are all away adventuring. Please check course dates on the website for availability-July has little space left
We are BUSY which is great and due to the rise in popularity of both sea kayaking & Skye. It does means our availability is limited with no space now until mid June except for the introductory course on 29th May. Even after that we are getting booked up well into September so looks like this year we will not have any last minute availability.
Just added-women’s improver, 18-20th April and Outer Hebrides trip to Harris,15-19th May.
17th January 2017
HAPPY NEW YEAR to all. Enquiries are flowing in and bookings too which means the website isn’t as up to date as we would like, will do when we can. Often our clients determine our course dates rather than the other way round.
New for 2017 Small Isles expedition, midsummer week, details in the New Year.
We apologies for the delay in replying to emails over the past few weeks, Morag had an unscheduled visit back to the UK for a close family bereavement last week so we are now trying to catch up. The office will be closed 16th-23rd December so if you are wanting to give the gift of a Skyak voucher for Christmas don’t leave it too late, although we have been know to ‘deliver’ on Christmas Eve.
Exciting news Gordon & Morag’s WINTER SABBATICAL
Gordon, Morag and family are taking a well-deserved sabbatical on Vancouver Island throughout the winter months this year (from early October 2016 to mid March 2017), though the children will still be going to school and Gordon is writing another sea kayaking book amongst other things, so life for the Browns still looks pretty busy!
During this period the office will be run remotely and the only method of contact will be by email which will be checked twice weekly. Please be patient and bear with us as there is also quite a time difference between the UK and Canada! Look out for updates and further information on Facebook and/or email auto replies.
Skyak will continue to operate with Kate Duffus working for us, check the website and/or Facebook for dates
NEW TODAY Novice course 30th August to 1st September, skills and expedition
Have you done a bit of kayaking but want to do more? We are able to offer a day of skills followed by an overnight expedition, camping in a remote location only accessible by sea & possibly foot. For more details email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
26th July, 2016
Wow it’s been two months since any news on the website- a reflection of how busy we have been. Best to have a look at our facebook page for what we’ve been up to https://www.facebook.com/SkyakAdventures
We have spaces on a three star assessment next week, August 5th and our four star training at the end of August. More news soon.
27th May, 2016
ST KILDA EXPEDITION – Join us on this amazing trip! More details here
**** WE HAVE A COUPLE OF BERTHS STILL AVAILABLE FOR JULY 2016, 2nd-8th, – CONTACT US IMMEDIATELY IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO COME ****
Cost: £960.00 per person
25th May, 2016
Skyak Loyalty Card – now available!
If you have been on a kayaking course with us anytime in the last 5 years, we are offering a Loyalty Card Discount scheme. The card costs £20 in the first year (this includes our new Skyak T-Shirt) and in subsequent years is only £10. You will receive a discount of 5% for all courses with the exception of boat based expeditions.
10th May, 2016
Change of dates for Greenland Paddling from May to later in the summer, dates coming soon
FORWARD PADDLING June still a few spaces left
For those who don’t know Ivan Lawler in his own words.
‘I have been canoeing since age 8 so for 40+ years.
Competed at 3 Olympic Games
6 x World Champion
3 x World Silver medalist
Started to race in the surf ski world about 8 years ago when Epic approached me to deal with their range and have since been involved with he technique teaching at their surfski centre in Tarifa.
In coaching terms I am a relative newcomer. my first real success was working with Ben Brown for the two years leading up to his World Championship title. I love the coaching side of the sport and teaching people to get the most out of it through improving efficiency is something that has become a personal challenge. It has also exposed me to the very diverse world of kayaking and taken me away from being the one trick pony I once was!
The aspects of kayaking I seem to be well known for is the tactical side of racing and for kayak technique.’