Soaring cliffs and wheeling birds, the roar of the sea and the whirr of wings. A rock in the Atlantic representing Life on the Edge…
St Kilda, a place of dreams…
Turn this into reality with us this summer! Zoe Newsam and Matt Haydock are delighted to be teaming up to work alongside Murdo Macdonald of Island Cruising. Together we will offer a unique opportunity to explore the islands of the Outer Hebrides and the St Kilda archipelago by sea kayak and on foot.
Often referred to as one of the planet’s most spectacular places to paddle, St Kilda holds a very special place in the hearts of sea kayakers, walkers and wildlife watchers the world over. And you don’t need to be an expert or a hardy expeditioner to experience it: based from the luxury of the MV Cuma, we can meet the wishes of the group each day, guiding a paddle or a walk, watching wildlife and exploring the islands rich history.
The Outer Hebrides, from where we will sail in the MV Cuma, are some of the most wild and beautiful islands on earth: white sandy beaches, remote, craggy coastlines, all open to us to explore by kayak and on foot, from the comfort of our mothership under the expert captaincy of Murdo, skipper of the Cuma.
How does it work?
Zoe is a sea kayak coach and guide, and mountain leader, based near Beauly in the Scottish Highlands where she lives with her partner, Mark, who shares her passion for the outdoors. Zoe has a long lasting love for the Outer Hebrides, and needs some ‘island time’ every year! She is a member of the core guiding team for Wilderness Scotland and an associate instructor at Glenmore Lodge, alongside guiding and coaching for other organisations around Scotland and further afield. Her adventures have taken her, by sea kayak and on foot, to many places around the world including Greenland, New Zealand, Ireland and Morocco; however Scotland keeps calling, and adventures in more recent years have tended to be closer to home. In 2015 Zoe walked, kayaked and cycled ‘Right Round Scotland’, circumnavigating her home country by human power, and raising £2000 for Scottish Mountain Rescue.
Zoe holds the following awards:
Performance Sea Kayak Coach (UKCC Level 3)
Advanced Water Sea Kayak Coach
British Canoeing Advanced Sea Kayak Leader
Mountain Leader (Summer)
WEMSI Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician
ISKGA Registered Guide
BSc (Hons) Environment Studies
Matt is a freelance outdoor instructor based in Aviemore in the heart of the Scottish Highlands. After exploring the mountains of the English Lakes at a young age with family, followed by taking up kayaking at school - Matt developed a love for the outdoors early on. After moving to Scotland 4 years ago, Matt's love for wild places grew and continues to do so to this day. He is arguably most at home on the water, whether it be exploring the inland lochs of the Highlands by open canoe or charging down rivers by white water kayak. Matt also has a love for the the sea, and the stunning Scottish coastline particularly. He loves to introduce others to this unique environment by kayak whilst building their skills so they can explore the coast and islands themselves. St. Kilda is one of Britain's special wild places, and Matt cannot wait to explore this majestic place with you, both on foot and by kayak.
Matt holds the following awards:
British Canoeing Advanced Sea Kayak Leader, UKCC Level 2 coach and Moderate Water Endorsement
British Canoeing Advanced White Water Kayak Leader, UKCC Level 3 Coach with Advanced Water Coach Endorsement
British Canoeing Advanced Canoe Leader & Moderate Water Coach Endorsement
Winter Mountain Leader Award
Outdoor First Aid Certificate
Who can participate in this trip?
I would like to kayak, but my partner doesn't paddle. Can they come?
What’s not included?
How much does it cost?
For more information on the trip, or to discuss the options available to us during the course of the week, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07801 014898.
MV Cuma & Island Cruising
The MV Cuma was initially constructed for scientific marine research.
Comfortable accommodation is provided for 10 clients in two berth cabins each with hot and cold water. There is also separate crew accommodation. There is a large deck saloon with ample seating and large viewing windows. There are also 3 toilets and two showers. The accommodation is centrally heated throughout.
The galley is equipped with gas cookers, microwave, fridge and deep freeze. There is also a tumble drier provided.
Meals - A variety of cereals and a choice of any cooked breakfast up to a full Scottish. Pack lunches are also supplied. Main meals are provided in the evening.
The Cuma's skipper, Murdo Macdonald has a lifetime's knowledge of the Outer Hebrides' seaboard. Depending on your interests and the weather conditions, Murdo will choose the best route. Michaela is renowned for her excellent cuisine and generous servings. Alcohol is not available on board but there is no problem with bringing your own. If you are getting picked up there is no problem stopping for supplies whilst at Stornoway.
For more information on the MV Cuma, take a look at the Island Cruising website, here: www.island-cruising.com