KAYAK­ING

Ka­t­rina pa­trick had lots of fun on the high seas

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Kayak­ing is classed as a “dry” ac­tiv­ity be­cause only the feet are sup­posed to get wet. The craft is de­signed to ven­ture into the nooks and cran­nies of our won­der­ful coast­line.

if, like me, the term “sea kayak­ing” con­jures up im­ages of be­ing drenched in salt wa­ter by stormy seas then don’t worry – this proved far from the truth!

i was more than a lit­tle daunted when i was of­fered the chance of a 3-hour sea kayak­ing ex­cur­sion – imag­in­ing some­thing akin to the per­fect storm, ex­cept with a plas­tic kayak in­stead of a solid fish­ing boat, and with­out the dis­trac­tions of Mr Ge­orge clooney to keep me com­pany.

our meet­ing point was on the south coast of Fife at aber­dour’s sil­ver sands beach, where our guide, Ge­orge (no, not clooney), was wait­ing for us.

af­ter kit­ting us up, Ge­orge taught us a few safety tech­niques be­fore lead­ing us down to the wa­ter’s edge.

as soon as we got out onto the open wa­ter what struck me most was how calm the sea was. the Firth of Forth is tidal to some miles in­land from where we were, but the wa­ter was serene around us and we were soon chat­ter­ing hap­pily to one another as we pad­dled along the coast­line, point­ing out seals and sea birds.

the sea kayak is longer and lighter than reg­u­lar kayaks and this turns a few-mile jour­ney into a gen­tle cruise rather than a fran­tic churn­ing of oars!

we leisurely made our way out into the open, leav­ing the shore be­hind for in­cred­i­ble views across to ed­in­burgh and up­river to the iconic Forth bridges, be­fore we pad­dled over to inch­colm is­land. you just can’t get this kind of panoramic view any­where else.

we moored the kayaks for a quick “shiv­ery bite” as they say, and to take a peek at the beau­ti­ful inch­colm abbey. By then the sun had come out so the jour­ney back to the main­land was ut­terly beau­ti­ful.

i thor­oughly en­joyed my day on the wa­ter, and would go sea kayak­ing again in a heart­beat!

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