Updated: Jan 20
It is time for us to review another business. We have had the chance to participate in a sea kayaking experience. Thistles and Coos is committed to bringing you authentic reviews and we want you to benefit from our adventures. This is our review of our day out with Allison French, our guide and the Founder of Sea Kayak Plockton.
According to their website:
At Sea Kayak Plockton we believe in giving people confidence, so that they can learn and develop paddling skills and enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the Scottish Highlands from a totally different perspective. We also believe that Plockton is simply one of the best places to do this.
We cannot agree more with their mission. #wegotthis
Natalie and I are notorious for looking at “Top 10 Best Activities to Do Here” or “Top 10 Best Small Towns to Visit.” When Natalie found Sea Kayaking in Plockton on such a list, no questions asked; we signed up immediately!
The ocean stirs the heart, inspires the imagination and brings eternal joy to the soul. ~Robert Wyland
Since we like to try new things when we visit different countries and both have an adventurous side: parasailing, skydiving, cliff jumping…
Now let’s add Sea Kayaking to that list.
We highly recommend Sea Kayaking Plockton for a day trip if you are near the Isle of Skye, and here’s why:
Their guides are experienced, technically proficient and safety conscious.
All equipment is provided.
Tours are well organized.
Family friendly atmosphere.
This would be a new experience for both of us, as I have not sea kayaked. Natalie, however, has “river” kayaked, but this would be better. #letsdothis
Our day started with an early meet-n-greet with Allison, our guide, near the Loch Carron waterfront in Plockton. She gathered us up and headed to The Plockton Hotel for a quick cup of coffee and to chat about our expectations and experience levels of each member of the group.
Allison is delightful, attentive and easy going. She takes time to learn about each member of our group and puts this novice sea kayaker’s mind at ease. My goal for the day is to stay dry and not tip over. Natalie’s goal is have fun and laugh.
Both of us want to see dolphins, maybe a whale or two and definitely the seals or also known as “selkies” but I’ll explain later. #mobydick
After our cup of coffee, it is off to get our gear and change into our wetsuits. We appreciated that all gear is provided in the cost of the 5 hour expedition. So for 85 pounds or approximately $111.00 you recieve the following:
Sea Kayak & paddle
The famous flapjack for ‘elevenses’ (a yummy granola honey snack)
Long-john wetsuit (that’s a long wetsuit without arms)
Pogies (special kayak mitts to keep your hands warm)
For the sake of some of you that may have just balked at the price… when you compare it to a 3 hour trip in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. For about $50, you are provided:
Kayak and paddle
PFD or Personal Flotation Device (life-jacket)
Sea Kayaking Plockton will far exceed your expectations with their skilled, guided tours. Plus when Allison or your tour guide takes the mid-tour break and hands you an “elevenses” while you float around in a calm cove....all worries are long gone and memories are being made.
Let’s talk about our tour. Amazing. Incredible. Wow! Without using the thesaurus, I am not sure I can come up with a word to coincide with how much fun you will have sea kayaking.
Allison briefs us prior to launching our kayaks in the quiet cove near Plockton’s main dock. The water is shallow and cold, hence my fear of tipping over.
Natalie is like a fish in the water and floats right off, paddling away. I am a bit of a sitting duck.
Allison takes her time teaching basic skills for the entire group, so as a novice, you don’t feel singled out for your awkwardness.
We paddle around slowly as Allison teaches and narrates some of the history of the area. Not even realizing it, I am keeping up with everyone and haven’t tipped over. #yeahme
As we move away from Plockton and head further out into the Loch, my internal monologue sounds like this:
Turn the paddle this way - use your left foot to turn right. I think that is correct. Shit. Wrong way.
You don’t have to “strong arm” the paddles to glide across the water or battle the waves, Connie. Yes, I talk to myself in third person. Doesn’t everyone?
Turn into the waves and ride them out. Why am I not moving?
My thoughts are interrupted with a holler from Allison in her lovely accent
“Paddle, Connie! Paddle”
Immediately I drop the paddles into the water and paddle like a mad woman all the while crushing on how she says my name. #saymyname
Allison is guiding us toward a small island in hopes to see some seals or selkies.
"When angels fell, some fell on the land, some on the sea.The former are the faeries and the latter were often said to be the seals." ~Anonymous Orcadian
As we moved closer to this island, we started to see these small little heads popping up out of the water. Natalie and I try to contain our excitement with not so quiet gasps and squeals.
The seals were fascinating and curious. They would swim near the kayaks and pop up to look at us. If we could have caught one and brought it home, we would have! #callhimGeorge
We chided ourselves for being chickens and not bringing our cell phones to take pictures. We worried about dropping them in the water. TAKE YOUR CAMERA!
It is a memory Natalie and I share and we do wish we had a picture of the seals. Their soft curious eyes lure you to them. We understand the folklore behind the Selkies.
Sea Kayaking Plockton offers family friendly tours for ages 11 and up. It is a well planned out tour and your family will enjoy every minute of it! What a great memory for your children to look back on and talk about the “time” they went sea kayaking in Plockton, Scotland.
Specific times are offered for families, so you will not have to worry about having skilled kayakers with you. A frequently asked questions page on their website will answer most of your questions. Allison provides detailed information and wants everyone to have an amazing experience based on skill level.
Again, we can’t speak highly enough about our day out sea kayaking and we hope you find our experience inspiring to go out and try new adventures. Get outside and see the World.
“We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or watch - we are going back from whence we came.” ~John F. Kennedy
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