First of all, I am not well known for my fitness or my love of sport, exercise, or getting out of bed unless it’s for food. I’m highly aware of the dangers of an inactive lifestyle, a bad diet and sitting a desk 5 days week for 9 hours a day so on a weekend I try and do something that get’s me moving.
In WA I used to go on hikes through national parks and one time I even hauled my lardy arse up a mountain. I liked hiking (even though I used to stamp my feet and moan when I got tired) and it got me interested in trying other forms of exercise.
When we went to the Whitsundays for a week we tried kayaking and that was it, I was in luuuuurve. I’d finally found an activity that I enjoyed, that Jody and I could do together, and something that I was actually quite good at. Since coming home I’ve been dying for the weather to perk up a bit so we could try kayaking somewhere in the UK.
We decided that Jody’s birthday weekend was the perfect time to go and settled on staying in Fort William (Scotland) and making the journey to the small village of Arisaig for the kayaking itself.
Arisaig. Sounds like somewhere (or someone) out of Harry Potter doesn’t it? I think it sounds like a somewhere magical and dreamy and guess what, it is. It’s a 45 minute drive from Fort William and it’s definitely worth the trip.
We booked a half day sea kayaking tour with Rockhopper Sea Kayaking and we paid £45 each. Considering the price included dry bags, waterproof coats/trousers, lifejackets and an experienced guide, I didn’t think it was too bad.
Anyways instead of babbling on about how beautiful and serene and magical and calming the experience it was, I figured I would just let you see the photos and make your own mind up. Me personally? I was in awe of how silver the sand was and how blue the water was, I mean we don’t get things like that in the UK surely? I actually thought that kayaking in Scotland was more enjoyable and picturesque than kayaking in the Whitsundays – I’m not joking either.
I forgot to mention that we also passed through an area where a seal colony calls home. Yep we passed by so many seals, and some even came up to the kayaks for a nosey which was amazing. I’ve had lots of animal encounters but all in a sanctuary or a zoo environment, none as wild as that!
We got really lucky with the weather too so I feel like we got the best experience we could have possibly had. Our guide Ben was great and I can’t recommend Rockhopper kayaking enough.
Where’s the most beautiful place you’ve ever been too? Comment below!
A rather fetching photo of me in my waterproof gear and my spray deck – Nice
Check out the silver sand – You don’t get this at Whitby do you?
Look how blue that water is! Can you believe it’s Scotland?
And of course did kayaking really happen if we didn’t take a couple of selfies?
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