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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 eight 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.
I set up Clearwater Paddling in 1996, and from small beginnings we now run thirty tours a year. I have worked in the outdoor field for over 30 years, whislt my love of paddling has taken me to Norway, Wales, Scotland, Canada, New Zealand 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 leading our kayaking tours, and when I am not found on the high seas I like to head to anywhere there is snow and mountains be it skiing, climbing, walking or biking.
We are delighted to have Mark for his third year with us as our lead kayak guide and surf instructor. Lucky Mark spends the winter kayak guiding in the Abel Tasman (New Zealand) and then switching to the wilds of the Outer Hebrides for the summer. In addition to surfing and kayaking Mark has a passion for free diving, swimming every morning before breakfast and generally getting wet! When not in or on the water Mark can be found making his own wooden surfboards and kayak paddles.
Katie was brought up on Barra and left the island when 18 yrs to pursue a career in social work. We returned to Barra in 2001, to bring up our five 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!
“Absolutely fantastic trip. Stunning scenery, close up wildlife, superb food, excellent company, couldn't really ask for more. The guides were great, providing excellent guidance/guiding. Would definitely come back. Thank you. ”