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“Three days just wasn't enough !!”
Review of Sea Kayak Plockton

Sea Kayak Plockton
Ranked #3 of 3 things to do in Plockton
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Owner description: The idyllic village of Plockton and its sheltered waters provide one of the best locations in Scotland for learning and improving your kayak skills, under the guidance of Alison French, a fully qualified sea kayak instructor.Sea kayaking out of Plockton enables you to experience breathtaking panoramic views of the Isle of Skye, Applecross and Torridon mountains and reach coral beaches only accessible by boat. Wildlife is abundant and journeying by kayak will give you the special opportunity to explore the fascinating coastline and get close up to otters, seals and even porpoise. We also explore the Isle of Skye’s remote and inaccessible coastline, with its Cuillin mountains providing a spectacular backdrop. Here we may see basking shark and Minke whales. The sea around the Isle of Skye presents the kayaker with an array of conditions to hone skills and play in. The Atlantic tides squeeze through the narrows of Kylerhea and Kyle of Lochalsh presenting the more experienced paddler with rougher water to practice techniques.You will be equipped with top quality sea kayaks, paddles, clothing and safety gear, and will receive expert tuition in a guaranteed small group environment. Coaching is highly personalised and professional, with your safety and comfort paramount. Your day will be tailored to your needs so that your sea kayak experience is an exceptional one.
Irby, United Kingdom
1 review
“Three days just wasn't enough !!”
Reviewed October 8, 2012

Three days of sea kayaking under the instruction and guidance of Alison French with her kayaking skills, knowledge of the lochs, islands / area generally, charming character, wit, gentle approach, confidence building and above all home-made flap jacks (!) just wasn't enough !!
As you can probably tell I (and the four friends I was with) had a fantastic time.
Sea Kayak Plockton is solely owned and run by Alison and whilst the business is still in its relative infancy (started in 2010) you'd honestly believe that she had been doing it all her working life. For my part, having gone to Plockton for a weeks holiday with no experience of sea kayaking before...or that part of Scotland for that matter... I can honestly say that it was one of the best holidays I have ever had.
Our week was to have been split with three days (Monday/Wednesday) booked with Alison, kayaking and two/three days walking/sight seeing. On the Monday we had our first taste in the kayaks. Alison introduced herself to us and explained how the day would progress. She was fully prepared with knowledge of the weather conditions, tides and winds and suggested what sort of route she would be taking us on around the coast and islands around Plockton to suit our abilities and to take advantage of how the tides and winds would be able to assist us.... at the same time take in the wonderful scenery, both landscape and wildlife. The day went exceptionally well and although we experienced an assortment of sea conditions, with Alisons expert, unflappable teaching skills we all arrived home safely...and dry !
However, Tuesday was possibly going to be a different story. The weather conditions (mainly wind) were due to deteriorate and Alison decided that it would be best for all concerned not to go out that day (a very good decision as it turned out !!).
So as not to lose out on our full 'three' days of kayaking Alison, in her, as we now know it to be, inimitable way, offered to change her week around a bit and said that we could still do the Wednesday (forecast looked good) and then mix in with another couple of clients on the Friday. That turned out to be the best thing she could have done for us.
To cut a long story short, the Wednesday took us to a different part of the area experiencing different kayak skills including one where Alison had to perform a 'rescue' when one of our party capsized in relatively rough seas (well I thought they were rough anyway!)...all of which she did in an unnaturally calm and efficient way.
The Friday was the best day of all. with wonderfully calm waters, lunch on a coral beached island (where the two other clients got engaged !), great fun and banter..(including the dry suit episode ! ) and more kayaking skills including two different types of rescue and towing techniques (even though a couple of us tried to make it harder than it should have been).
All in all,as I said at the beginning...three days of kayaking just wasn't enough.
I for one will very definitely be going back for another 'experience'

Value for money ?....without a doubt.....(All the gear you will need for your trip can be provided and it's all of excellent quality)
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Value for fun ? Absolutely no question.

Would I recommend it to others?....without hesitation.

Visited September 2012
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Ruthin, United Kingdom
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“Alison , what a girl !”
Reviewed October 3, 2012

A small group of family and mates recently had three days of kayaking with Alison , The location at Plockton is stunning and Alison is amazing , calm , confident and reassuring , despite some blustery conditions and five very blustery blokes she handled it all in her stride (good on er girl)
Best recommendation i can give is ; we'll be back

Visited September 2012
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Ruthin, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“An exceptional 3 Days we will remember for ever”
Reviewed September 29, 2012

Having meet Alison French for a days kayaking with my children in April my son and I with 3 friends have just 3 days kayaking around the Plockton area. Whilst the weather was a little intimidating at first with blustery conditions and choppy seas for two days it somehow enhanced the experience utilising the skills which Alison professionally taught us.
The third day around Plockton village was memorable visiting coral beaches and having so many laughs as we learnt how to do eskimo rescues, towing techniques etc.
She is a great instructor who has tremendous patience and is great fun to be with, and we cannot recommend her highly enough to anyone wishing to experience a great activity in one of the most picturesque parts of Britain we have ever visited

Visited September 2012
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Petaluma, California
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“Perfect day for the whole Family!”
Reviewed September 3, 2012

We were on a 1000 mile UK road trip with our children ages 13 and 10 and this was our favorite day of the entire trip!!! This was the first time we had sea kayaked. We met Alison at 10 am, she set us up with all the gear we needed, gave us a little instruction then we were off on a perfect day on the water! It was late July. The weather was overcast in the morning but then beautiful by noon. I was a little worried about the kids in choppy water but Plockton is a protected inlet and the water was smooth as glass, very cold and crystal clear. Alison was great with the kids! They loved her! She was friendly, informative and I felt perfectly safe with her guidance the entire day!

Visited July 2012
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Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
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“Excellent coaching”
Reviewed July 4, 2012

We had 4 days of skills development, covering the 3 star assessment syllabus. Alison's coaching was thorough and thoughtful, with an emphasis on confidence-building and enjoyment in a fantastic environment. I would recommend Sea Kayak Plockton for beginners who are looking for an introductory taster to more experienced kayakers who are building up their skills. It's a measure of Alison's professionalism that she didn't laugh at my first attempts at rolling, which were (what's the word?)...anarchic! Getting better with practice though.

Visited July 2012
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