Hill Walking & Kayaking
Willie holds the Summer Mountain Leader award and is a member of the Kintail Mountain Rescue, including 8 years as Team Leader and 10 years as a member of the Search and Recue Dog Association.
He is an advanced sea kayak leader (formerly 5 star leader) and is a Level 3 Kayak Coach. He has led kayaking trips through-out Scotland and Canada including the Haida Gwaii and the Broughton Islands Archipelago in British Columbia.
Kayaking and Hill Walking
Lara initially trained as an Architect and spent time working in Chile. She later went back to Chile on an expedition reaching 6,900m and got the bug for the outdoors. After working as an Architect for many years she changed careers, attending Plas y Brenin before moving to Skye to work in an outdoor centre. Lara is now course tutor for the Certificate in Outdoor Adventure for the University of Highlands and Islands at their Broadford base here on Skye where she uses her skills to build confidence in others in the outdoor environment.
Lara is a passionate Sea Kayaker and holds Advanced Water Sea Kayak Leader, UKCC Level 2 Kayak and Canoe Coach, Winter Mountain Leader and Single Pitch Award (Rock Climbing Instructor). She is also a keen caver and holds the Local Cave and Mine Leader Level 1 Award. She is deputy leader of Kintail Mountain Rescue Team.
Kayaking, Caving, Photography and Hill Walking
Graeme began kayaking and caving at an early age. After gaining a BSc (Hons) in Zoology from Liverpool University he spent 30 years in Cumbria Police and latterly headed up the Forensic Collision Investigation Unit. Now retired from his first career he is able to share his passions for wildlife, kayaking, caving, mountains and photography.
Graeme is an Advanced Water Sea Kayak Leader, holder of the Level 2 Local Cave and Mine Leader Award and Summer Mountain Leader Award. He has caved extensively in the UK, Eire and Northern Spain and explored the coasts and islands of the UK by sea kayak. He is currently studying for an HNC in Photography and is a member of the Kintail Mountain Rescue Team.
Some nice comments…
We had a very enjoyable day. It is a great experience for all ages. We saw lots of seals and other interesting sights. Willie (our guide) was brilliant, very knowledgeable and friendly. I would highly recommend it to anyone.
Toby Hubbard, 2020
I took part in a wonderful four day trip with this company last year. The tuition was excellent. It was my first time on a trip like this and the guide made everything easy. The weather and scenery was outstanding. I would thoroughly recommend #seatoskyexperience.
Marie Netherwood, 2020
I couldn’t recommend this enough!! We went on a Kayaking day trip as novices. Willie our guide was fantastic!! We got to grips with the kayak super quick thanks to his instruction and we were off to explore the most extraordinary scenery and wildlife!! Willie was there to give advice when needed but also to give us some insight on the wonderful area we were in. We stopped at a great little secluded beach for lunch and saw seals!! AMAZING! Thankyou Willie! We will be doing this again when back up in Scotland!!!
Danielle Gadd, 2020
We spent 2 days with Willie. First day was full day kayaking. Great equipment and instruction. Very knowledgeable about the the local ecology and a great teacher. Nice lunch on a secluded beach. Second day was a mountain bike tour of the Plockton area on some mostly easy single track and quiet roads. Again he taught us a lot about everything from Scottish history, politics, geology, and plants and animals of the area all while we got some fun bike riding in. Thanks Willie!
C ONeill, 2020
1st Class kayaking and mountain guiding on the west coast of Scotland, Excellent local knowledge and kayaks. I have been returning every year since 2011 for adventures. Cheers
Marcus Francis, 2019
First class instructor… I asked a few businesses for an experience in a canoe and Willie came across the most genuine and helpful. We had limited ability but Willies simple instruction made things very easy. Our equipment was first class and I felt comfortable in the canoe with the wetsuit and other things. We had a perfect day condition wise so we were lucky on that front. We headed up to Eileen Donan Castle a perfect setting. The tide was getting low so the current wasn’t a difficult obstacle. We (3 of us) encountered some eddies, wake surge from a fishing vessel and then came in on an incoming tide. We saw some Porpoise, seals and Heron which was awesome Willie spotted these before us so he is on the ball 😉 I cannot highly recommend him enough a great bloke very friendly and a joy to be with felt safe all the time. Best wishes!