One of the reasons for going to Applecross was to go on a three-day sea kayak course, offered by Mountain & Sea Guides. We really enjoyed the course, run by Mike on day one and the morning of day two, and then Chris.
I wasn’t able to take many photos during the course, preferring to concentrate on staying upright. The course was well organised, and the kit was good quality. There were five of us on the first day, as two ladies from Edinburgh had booked a one-day session, and three on days two and three.
We concentrated on the basics on day one and pottered about in Applecross Bay, and then in the afternoon down at Ard-dhubh. On the second day we learnt a bit about tides and charts, and then did some recovery training in wet suits. The original plan was to go on a trip to an island for the night, camp there and then kayak home on the third day, but the forecast was for rain and strong winds from the south west, so instead we drove to the more protected Kenmore in Loch Torridon, and kayaked to Roinn an Fhaing Mhoir. An excellent trip. My only problem was that I’d taken the wrong spray deck which leaked, and so I got wet and cold.
We learnt a lot about kayaking, and also, from Chris, a bit about life in the Applecross area.