‪Clearwater Paddling‬

تعليقات حول - ‪Clearwater Paddling‬, ‪Isle of Barra‬

‪06:00 ص - 12:00 م‬
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‪‪Dunard‬‬ Castlebay,, HS9 5XD اسكتلندا

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caroline b
4 مساهمات
الأصدقاء • أغسطس 2021
‪We had a fantastic week kayaking past gorgeous beaches and through amazing scenery, seeing otters, seals and eagles. Chris our instructor was great at giving the right amount of support and coaching when needed, and then leading our group on fantastic adventures. On the water and off he was great company, with the right mix of humour and professionalism. It's clear he knows the best places to go for seeing the local wildlife, and he led us on kayaking adventures filled with jaw dropping views and amazing wildlife encounters - highlight was watching a family of otters at play whilst we floated beside them on the kayaks unnoticed. Can't recommend highly enough, just make sure you book far enough in advance!‬
كُتب بتاريخ 5 سبتمبر 2021
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Naomi W
3 مساهمات
أغسطس 2021
‪Absolutely LOVED our Barra multi-mix week and Chris was the ideal guide - his experience as an instructor and his incredible knowledge of the surrounding area and islands meant he was able to tailor our activities to suit the varied interests/experience of the group over the week, taking us to the best spots for the different activities and changing weather! It was a great fun mix of trips - kayaking, surfing, snorkelling, body-boarding, some lovely walks too around different parts of Barra and Vatersay. Chris' combination of experience and easygoing company made it such an easy, enjoyable and relaxed holiday. It was magical to be paddling so close to a family of otters playing in the water and on the rocks, get remarkably close to the grey and common seals, golden eagles, incredible sea life, and those idyllic clear turquoise waters & white sands are unforgettable. Great food, great craic, TERRIBLE jokes (which we loved), absolutely phenomenal part of the world, altogether wonderful holiday. Couldn't recommend highly enough.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 3 سبتمبر 2021
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Jessica WL
Glasgow, United Kingdom7 مساهمات
الأصدقاء • أغسطس 2021
‪I had the most magical stay in the hostel lodge and adventuring for a week with clear water paddling. We swam, surfed, kayaked, snorkelled, walked, body boarded and ate the most delicious food. We saw seals, otters, and eagles. The best thing about it all? Chris! He is so generous, patient, and funny. To have his amazing mind work out the best activities every day based on his knowledge of the island, tides, wind, and weather- amazing. It was a fantastic way to see Barra, and see the best of it. Thanks Chris! And Kelpie the dog too. I’ll be back!‬
كُتب بتاريخ 3 سبتمبر 2021
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Savi Maharaj
مساهمة
يوليو 2021
‪My husband, son and I had the most wonderful experience on the Wild Barra trip, which involved lots of amazing kayaking and three nights of wild camping in the most beautiful surroundings. Chris is an expert guide, able to tailor activities to suit mixed groups of seasoned and novice kayakers, and to respond flexibly to changes in tides and weather conditions. The business is family run, and Chris's children were fantastic assistant tour guides, while his wife Kate kept us all organised, even sorting out some mixed-up restaurant bookings for us while we were camping at Seal Bay, blissfully unaware that there was a problem. Would love to go again!‬
كُتب بتاريخ 2 سبتمبر 2021
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Josh + Liv
مساهمة
أغسطس 2021
‪Went on the Wild Barra (classic mix) week long trip. We did two day trips initially whilst staying in the lodge in Castlebay, before going on a three day trip with two nights of wild camping. We also tried some stand-up paddle boarding on our last day.

In summary, it was an amazing experience in an incredibly beautiful part of the world. We hadn't kayaked before but we were able to pick it up over the first day. We did a mixture of harder/longer paddle sessions and slower paddling exploring the inter-tidal zone of the coastline and get up close to sea life. Now 100% convinced that kayaking is one of the best ways to experience the Outer Hebrides. The biodiversity was just amazing... it felt like every other seaside holiday paled in comparison... seals, shags, jelly fish, sea urchins, oyster catchers, otters, eagles, star fish, hermit crabs, truly amazing seaweeds... The camping was FAB - stunning, genuinely wild locations and a hearty camp fire one evening.

Overall, we could not recommend this trip highly enough. It was the best way to relax and escape from an intensive schedule. Chris was the perfect combination of competent and relaxed and looked after us so well. The food was delicious all week, at the lodge and on camp, and there was plenty of it (never hungry!). Barra and nearby islands are just the most amazing place to spend a week.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 31 أغسطس 2021
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Rachael K
جلاسكو, UK81 مساهمة
بمفردك • أغسطس 2021
‪I booked with Barra Surf and Adventures.
I was emailed the Tuesday before my full day sea kayaking trip on Saturday saying it was cancelled as I was the only person booked (had a look at the website, nothing on there that states there's a minimum of people). Got offered a Sunday 2 HR sit on top or refund.

Replied within the hour and had no response.
Called the landline multiple times over the week with no answer.

Called the mobile first thing Friday morning to be told that Chris was coming back from a camping trip so to text instead. Did that straight away - no reply.

Stopped in to the hostel on the Saturday as I saw the Barra Surf and Adventures sign to see what was up.
Got told there was a full day sea kayaking trip happening the next day as part of a family camping trip, which I went on.

The day trip itself is good and fun. We paddled around the coast and had lunch on a deserted beach. Saw a heap of seals. The group itself was lovely and friendly.

Literally think I would have not been contacted at all if I didn't go in and sort it out myself.

The website says that the wife is in charge of "organising bookings and keeping on top of emails" - she's clearly not good at this.

Someone else mentioned that there needs to be a competitor in the same business - 💯 agree with that - might make these guys less complacent.

كُتب بتاريخ 23 أغسطس 2021
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Hi Rachel, Great to hear you enjoyed your trip, what a fantastic experience. We had amazing close encounters with seals where we could watch them swimming right under our kayaks in the beautiful clear water and popping up just a few meters away to eyeball us. It was good to finish off the day with a complementary cup of tea and slice of locally baked cake. We are a small family run business, where our children are part of the guiding team. We have had a huge uptake in visitors joining us this year and the vast majority have had a brilliant experience, are completely happy to be flexible on dates and activities. Most fully understand that as a small team we are so often out on the water doing what you pay us to do, rather than sitting beside an office phone taking calls, and that we cannot always get straight back to phone, text or email messages. In this case we were unable to run a trip on the Saturday as we only had one booking for sea kayaking, (lots of people did have a lovely trip on the sit on top kayaks), and as Rachel was flexible on dates we were completely happy for her to join our Sunday trip.
كُتب بتاريخ 3 سبتمبر 2021
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chrisshephard
‪Sheffield‬, UK4 مساهمات
يوليو 2021
‪Terrible (almost non existent) communication prior to activities. 1 activity was cancelled 4 hours after it was supposed to happen. The remaining activity was billed as a guided sea kayaking 'adventure'. but the guide (Chris) seemed to want to dawdle, presumably to fill the 2 hours, and the trip was in fact a painfully slow paddle around Castlebay and Vatersay causeway. It would probably benefit everyone if there was some competition for this company so that they were forced to try harder rather than take quite alot of money for a pre-school paddle around the bay. It was not an adventure, and it was not exciting. Very disappointed!‬
كُتب بتاريخ 11 يوليو 2021
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Sorry to hear you were disappointed with your trip, the vast majority really enjoy their experiences with us. Our half day kayak trips are for everyone and some people may well be having their first kayak experience. We take into account the very changeable weather, and make sure the trip is suitable, safe and enjoyable for all. We occasionally need to cancel at short notice if the winds are too strong, and if folk cannot reschedule then we always offer a full refund. The trip to Vatersay causeway and the islands is a more sheltered location on windier days, and is great place for spotting seals and other wildlife. The pace is set so everyone can safely stay as a group, so yes, at times faster paddlers do occasionally have to slow down. The vast majority of our visitors have a great time, enjoy the scenery and getting to see wildlife from a kayak cockpit, and appreciate the measures we put in place to make their experience both fun and safe.
كُتب بتاريخ 3 سبتمبر 2021
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funtyone
لندن, UK303 مساهمات
يونيو 2021
‪We had a fabulous week kayaking around Barra. It was tricky weather and Chris had to think on his feet and adapt the route - not to mention abandon paddling one day due to unseasonably bad conditions. But the paddling was replaced with an equally fabulous walk with Kate and throughout the whole week we were treated to magical places to stop and camp, white beaches to walk on and a mass of wildlife. Seals followed our every move and oyster catchers screeched at us to keep away from their homes; eagles soared overhead and even some otters put in an appearance.
Good food, plenty of wine flowing and great company.
I highly recommend this to anyone who likes the outdoors.
Arriving by plane and landing on the beach was the icing on the cake - and in a year when freedom has been limited this week was magical in every way.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 3 يوليو 2021
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Ellie K
8 مساهمات
الأصدقاء • أغسطس 2019
‪Booked the Wild Barra kayaking trip which was a mixture of camping and lodge based accomodation. The guides were absolutely fantastic, making sure everyone was well looked after and imparting tips to help improve paddling technique. Went for the fully catered option and was impressed with the food and how well my dietary requirements were met. The hosts were really friendly, and the location itself was beautiful, within a few minutes walk of the get terminal and village shops and cafes.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 5 مارس 2020
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JoLow
Dundee, Scotland285 مساهمة
أغسطس 2019
‪8 of us spent a few hours sea kayaking around Kisimul Castle and around the coast of Barra. None of us had much experience if none at all but, the instructors were very good and informed us of all the safety tips and how to keep the kayak upright in the water. We were very lucky as the sea was calm and the sun was shining, I was very nervous having kayaked before and am frightened of it capsizing but, the instructors were very reassuring. Just returned from a cruise around Iceland where I conquered my fear by kayaking in a Fjord. If you visit Barra give it a go as it is amazing.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 11 سبتمبر 2019
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