PamI am Scottish and live “across the water” on the Cowal Peninsula in Argyll. In 2007, after many years of hillwalking, cycling and running, I took up sea kayaking – and I haven’t looked back. I am enthused and inspired by this activity – it contains everything I love about outdoor pursuits: physical challenge, peace, nature, scenery, new things to learn, new places to go, new people to meet, adrenaline (if you want it) and on and on.

In 2011, I turned my attention specifically to the traditions and tools of Greenland-style kayaking and now use a “skinny stick” exclusively. This has opened up a new world of skills and enjoyment, and I have had the great fortune to learn from two of the best skinny stickers in the world who now regularly include a stop on Scottish shores in their training calendar.

It is my hope that someone out there who is also learning (or contemplating) sea kayaking might view some of my findings useful. There is much to learn and practice. Thank you for allowing me to share my journey with you.


If you’d like to contact me directly, or to book a place on Kayak Ways’ training weekend on 12-14 July 2014 on the Cowal Peninsula, please submit the form below.