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Kayak Wild Islay

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Port Ellen, Scotland
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A thoroughly enjoyable time in every possible way!

We had a perfect paddle with Dave this past week (full day) - he was flexible with our priorities... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Annejemima
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Durham, NC
Great half-day's paddling in Port Ellen

It was a windy day and we are both beginners, but Dave was really encouraging and tailored the day... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Andrew M
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Travellers talk about
“half day trip” (4 reviews)
“great morning” (5 reviews)
“sea birds” (4 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
LOCATION
Port Ellen, Scotland
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"half day trip"
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"great morning"
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"sea birds"
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"can't praise"
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"easy company"
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"on the rocks"
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"excellent knowledge"
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"professional manner"
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"home made"
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"brilliant experience"
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"laphroaig distillery"
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"nice touch"
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"unique experience"
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"many thanks"
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"cake"
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We had a perfect paddle with Dave this past week (full day) - he was flexible with our priorities and paddling motivation, and a pleasure to chat with throughout the day! We had an amazing, full week on the West Highland Way and Islay, so...More

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DaveProtherough, Owner at Kayak Wild Islay, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Anne, you and Bradley were an inspiration, well done both. Thank you for the kind words it was a pleasure to take you out kayaking to see Islay and all it has to offer. Hope to see you both again very soon. Dave @ Kayak...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was a windy day and we are both beginners, but Dave was really encouraging and tailored the day so that it was enjoyable but still challenging for us. The stop for delicious flapjacks and tea was also very much appreciated! Would thoroughly recommend kayaking...More

Thank Andrew M
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DaveProtherough, Owner at Kayak Wild Islay, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Andrew, yes a breezy paddle but you both did well. Glad you enjoyed the trip and enjoy your Shetland trip too.

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Dave provided a lovely day out paddling round islands and skerries from Port Ellen. Shared lots of local knowledge about the area and wildlife. Saw otters, seals, eiders, fulmars, shelducks, shags, black guillemots and more. It was a wonderful way to see part of Islay....More

Thank Liz D
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DaveProtherough, Owner at Kayak Wild Islay, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Liz, many thanks for your kind review. You certainly did benefit from having a superb day on the water with plenty of wildlife putting on a good display. Hope to see you again soon. Dave @ Kayak Wild Islay

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Reviewed 31 August 2017

Decided to head up to the islands for a break and to see the island my auntie comes from! Not long before heading up we decided to book a kayaking trip for an afternoon. Not to beat around the bush, Dave is a fab guide...More

Thank Alex K
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Reviewed 31 August 2017

Wanting to try kajaking, my wife and I contacted Dave some weeks prior to our trip to Islay. Dave was, starting with the first contact, eager to make this a great experience: Asking about our knowledge about kajaking and expectations to the trip. And we...More

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Reviewed 25 August 2017

My boyfriend and I had a fantastic full day trip with Dave, enjoying stunning coastline and seeing so many seals (who seemed equally keen to check out what we were doing!). Dave's easy company, knowledge of the island and a well-timed stop at a distillery...More

Thank Kate P
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DaveProtherough, Owner at Kayak Wild Islay, responded to this reviewResponded 26 August 2017

Kate & Matthew Many thanks, so glad you enjoyed your trip. Hope to see you again soon. Dave @ Kayak Wild Islay

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Reviewed 17 August 2017

Highly recommend Dave and this experience. Was a huge highlight of my trip to Scotland. We visited two distilleries, and well as saw some beautiful sights while kayaking along the coast of Islay. Great day! :)

Thank kickthegrind
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DaveProtherough, Owner at Kayak Wild Islay, responded to this reviewResponded 18 August 2017

Mike, it was a pleasure although far to brief a trip to do Islay justice! Dave @ Kayak Wild Islay

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Reviewed 15 August 2017

Paddled from Port Ellen to Ardbeg round the back of the island then back along the Islay coast. Great conditions and lovely day on the water. Cheers David!

Thank Rob H
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DaveProtherough, Owner at Kayak Wild Islay, responded to this reviewResponded 16 August 2017

Rob, it was a pleasure to show you both some of the best parts of Islay. Dave @ Kayak Wild Islay

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Reviewed 22 July 2017

We went as a family of 5, with kids aged 12-14, not all with kayaking experience. Dave took time to get us all set up and really happy with what we were doing and where we were going before we even got on the water...More

Thank Andrew W
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DaveProtherough, Owner at Kayak Wild Islay, responded to this reviewResponded 24 July 2017

Andrew, it was a pleasure paddling with you guys, all did well and fun was had by all. Dave @ Kayak Wild Islay

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Reviewed 12 July 2017 via mobile

Dave had everything we needed and had excellent knowledge of where was the best location for us to go. It was a brilliant experience and next time we are over visiting family we will be sure to be in touch. :D

Thank lesleys763
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DaveProtherough, Owner at Kayak Wild Islay, responded to this reviewResponded 15 July 2017

Lesley, thank you for your kid review and look forward to seeing you again very soon. Dave @ Kayak Wild Islay

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sarahkg81
18 January 2017|
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Response from DaveProtherough | Property representative |
Sarah, it really depends on the kids and the time of year / weather . My youngest paddler to date was a very determined 5 year old so it is possible. Biggest issue would be suitable sized wetsuits and jackets as we have a... More
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