MIKE MARTIN - SEA KAYAK GUIDE

*ABOUT MIKE

I grew up on the Orkney mainland, surrounded by sea, coast and islands.

I've always lived within sight of the coast, it wasn't always by design, but something always draws me back to that interface of land and sea.

Read more about Mike's journey as a sea kayak guide

With a clear enthusiasm for both sea kayaking and the Scottish coastline and a love of being active and outdoors, Mike is most at home when trying to show others how amazing sea kayaking on the west coast of Scotland is.

Mike also has a very keen interest in coaching and personal development and adopts an individualised approach to sea kayaking; offering ownership of the activity to the individual, always putting skills and knowledge into context and seeking to maximise everyone's enjoyment of the day.

There is something incredibly graceful about sea kayaks once you learn how they move, and a real sense of serenity to be discovered when out on the water.

With a clear enthusiasm for both sea kayaking and the Scottish coastline and a love of being active and outdoors, Mike is most at home when trying to show others how amazing sea kayaking on the west coast of Scotland is.

Mike also has a very keen interest in coaching and personal development and adopts an individualised approach to sea kayaking; offering ownership of the activity to the individual, always putting skills and knowledge into context and seeking to maximise everyone's enjoyment of the day.

*QUALIFICATIONS

Mike is a BC Advanced Sea Kayak Leader and an advanced water performance sea kayak coach.

ISLAND CIRCUMNAVIGATIONS...

On my first sea kayak expedition I drove to Kyleakin, just over the Skye bridge, and unloaded my kayak and gear onto the beach. I quickly worked out that packing a sea kayak with 10 days worth of food and equipment wasn't as easy as I thought it might be! I eventually took to the water and set off from shore, keeping the coastline of the Isle of Skye to my right hand side. Eight days later I landed on the beach at Kyleakin after an amazing adventure paddling round the Isle of Skye.

That trip was only the first, I've subsequently paddled round many of Scotland's islands, big and small, on trips from 20 mins up to 10 days! The greatest thing about circumnavigating Scottish islands is that there is an almost never ending list to choose from!

TAKE A LOOK AT SOME OF THE TRIPS THAT MIKE GUIDES

Full list of our multi-day trips - Wilderness coast sea kayaking courses and holidays