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About Sea Kayak Shetland
Guided kayaking trips round Mainland Shetland. No previous experience necessary. All equipment and training provided. Taster sessions, half day or full day trips. No programme of trips. Trips available all year round, weather-permitting, and arranged round weather forecast and sea-state. Mostly single kayaks; one double kayak.
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Petriea P wrote a review Aug 2021
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An amazing experience. The staff were very professional and knowledge. They showed a lot of care as some of our party had limited experience of kayaking.
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Date of experience: August 2021
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Elaine Rietveld wrote a review Aug 2021
Ayr, United Kingdom20 contributions2 helpful votes
A fabulous kayak with Angus and the group. We saw an otter and puffins, explored caves and kayaked along a stunning coast. Angus was a great guide. Highly recommended!
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Date of experience: July 2021
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2000Rich wrote a review Jul 2021
Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom41 contributions12 helpful votes
My partner and I were holidaying in Shetland for 10 days at the beginning of July. We did a bit of research before getting there to see what places to visit and what activities are on offer. We saw the website for Sea Kayak Shetland and thought it would be an adventure. We’ve never done sea kayaking before but we have done kayaking on a lake a couple of times so not exactly experienced. However, that didn’t matter because the trips are tailored to participant skill and ability. We contacted Angus and Wendy via e-mail a couple of weeks before we were due to arrive and much to our disappointment, we were informed that they were all booked up. Lesson learnt here- be more prepared and book further in advance. They informed us that sometimes trips get reshuffled or extra added and so they would keep us in mind if a spot became available. Luckily for us they contacted us on the second day of our holiday and offered us a place later that week. We corresponded via e-mail several times with various questions and enquiries and Wendy and Angus were always quick to respond. Being novices, we opted for a half day excursion as we thought a full day would be too much, especially on the arms. We also opted for the double kayak which was very beneficial for my partner as she could sit back and relax while I did all the work. Only joking, she did pull her weight but being in the double kayak did prove advantageous for her for another reason- she got sea-sick! The ironic thing was it wasn’t even rough, the water was on the whole very calm. She is prone to motion sickness so it was just unfortunate that she suffered on this trip because she had been OK on the previous kayaking experiences. We travelled in car convoy to where we would launch the kayaks and after being given instruction on basic paddling skills, they let us loose on the water. We were in a small group (5 participants) as well as having Catriona and Rosalind guiding us. At the beginning we all struggled a little getting into the swing of things but we soon picked up the pace. It was lovely to experience this little area of Shetland from on the water; you get to see the cliffs and coastline from a whole different perspective. It was very peaceful except for the sound of our paddles splashing into the water and the various sea birds calling. We had an inquisitive seal pop up near our kayaks which was great and made us hope that maybe we’d encounter dolphins or whales in a similar way- aspirations a little too great we think! The scenery and serenity were wonderful. What more could you want? Some excitement? Paddling through a sea arch and a cave would tick that box. When we got to the section where the cave was, the sea was a little rougher and entering the cave needed to be timed correctly but at no point did we feel unsafe. Rosalind and Catriona were absolutely fantastic and guided us with care, checking in on us all at regular intervals and always ensuring we were happy and confident in what we were doing. They obviously love what they do because we don’t recall seeing either of them during the trip without a massive smile. Sea-sickness aside, we had a great time. Big thanks to Catriona and Rosalind for being so understanding about my partner being sea-sick and for also giving her an opportunity to cut the trip short and walk back to the car. An option which she did decline as she wanted to continue with the experience. Would definitely recommend an excursion with Sea Kayak Shetland.
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Date of experience: July 2021
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Phil Richards wrote a review Jul 2021
Leicester3 contributions
Superb! Wildlife, scenery, companionship, adventure....you must try it. So close to the gannets, puffins, cormorants, seals, porpoises, and starfish. Set off in the evening, returned after sundown in the midsummer twilight.
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Date of experience: June 2021
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Response from AngusN57, Owner at Sea Kayak Shetland
Responded 9 Jul 2021
Thank you for taking the time to post this lovely review. So glad we were able to take you along.
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Emma H wrote a review Jun 2021
Exeter, United Kingdom24 contributions19 helpful votes
We had two fantastic days out in our own kayaks and thanks to the experience of our guides Rosalind and Angus, got to experience some amazing paddling in places we’d have never discovered on our own. The trips were a real confidence boost for us too and we definitely improved our paddling skills along the way. Whether your a complete beginner or experienced paddler, we can’t recommend Sea Kayak Shetland highly enough.
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Date of experience: June 2021
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Response from AngusN57, Owner at Sea Kayak Shetland
Responded 27 Jun 2021
Thank you Emma. Glad that we were able to take you (and your kayaks) and that you enjoyed your guided paddle trips
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