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About Us

Clearwater Paddling specialises in sea kayaking and each trip is personalised, avoiding pre-set schedules, which allows the interests of the group to shape our days. To ensure a relaxing, fulfilling and memorable experience we deliberately keep our groups small with a maximum of ten people. We see to all details from guiding on the sea and land, to preparing and cooking meals. We are an eco-friendly company, and take every step possible to minimise our impact on these beautiful islands. As we gently travel around our dedication to the environment will be clear.

Chris Denehy. I set up Clearwater Paddling in 1996, and from small beginnings we now run thirty tours a year from Scotland to Oman and Sardinia. I have worked in the outdoor field for over 20 years, whislt my love of paddling has taken me to Norway, Wales, Scotland, Canada, and the Outer Hebrides. In addition to being a qualified sea kayak coach I am also a river canoe coach, mountain leader and first aider. I get huge enjoyment from our leading kayaking tours, and when I am not found on the high seas I like to head to anywhere there is snow and mountains.

Katie Denehy. Katie was brought up on Barra and left the island when 18 yrs to pursue a career in social work. We both met up in 1992 whilst studying in Edinburgh and after a few years of working, we both travelled extensively around Canada and Alaska; ski-ing, climbing and biking through Alaska. We returned to Barra in 2001, to bring up our five little children. Katie works as a youth and community worker and also keeps Clearwater Paddling running smoothly by organising the bookings and keeping on top of all the emails. Her favourite means of escape is to head off in her running shoes, spend any spare time climbing mountains, and sharing wine with friends!

“The weather! The scenery! the professionalism and the friendliness off all the staff involved. All were caring and competent. The wildlife spotting was as hoped, but special nonetheless”


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Isle Of Barra Surf & Coastal Adventures

The Isle of Barra is a watersports paradise with crystal clear waters, perfect white sand beaches and dramatic cliffs. Join us for an unforgettable adventure surfing, coasteering, or snorkelling with the seals.

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