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.

1st Class Honours Degree in Adventure Tourism Management.

*Adventure CV

I've spent my life outdoors and active, here are a few random highlights -

  • Getting lost on the highest peaks of the Isle of Rum (age 8).
  • Sea kayak circumnavigations of: Skye (8 days), Shetland (6 days), The Uists (7 days), Mull (3 days), Islay (3 days).
  • I've stood on top of the Old Man of Hoy.
  • I've paddled and guided clients through some of Scotland's biggest tidal races - a paddling year wouldn't be complete without a journey through the Corryvreckan at some point.
  • I'm half way through the Munro's and counting (282 mountains in Scotland over 3000 feet high).
  • First place (U18 category) at Fairnilee white water slalom age 15!
  • Surfing the forever wave at the falls of Lora (not by dropping in either!).
  • I'm one third of the way round the Scottish mainland coastline, having paddled from Mallaig to Inverness over 11 days. Hoping to get all the way round in 2 more trips at some point soon.
  • I've climbed in winter all over the Highlands - one of my first routes was the classic Grade V Ice Climb - Point Five gully on Ben Nevis. It was so inspiring that I became obsessed with Scottish winter climbing for a couple of years (until I saw sense!).
  • I once took my Mountain bike along the West Highland way in a single day (I didn't quite make it but its a long story!).
  • I've done over 500 rock climbs in Scotland and the Lake District - up to E2 in grade, but my favourites are long easy mountain routes.
  • I cycled the North coast 500 and Hebridean way before they were even a thing! (and I had the whole North Coast to myself).
  • I've recently completed a Half Ironman (5 hours 40 mins), full distance is a work in progress!

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