Katrina patrick had lots of fun on the high seas
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!