Adventure Activities in North Northumberland and the (Scottish Borders when they are open again).
2021 is going to be the year of outdoor activities
Covid 19 does not seem to be going away but the vaccines will hopefully allow us to move about a bit more freely later this year? It has been shown that staying fit and healthy helps fend off the lurgy and spending time out of doors is a great way to help with both physical and mental health. Currently only 1:1 exercise/coaching is available to locals. We need to do an out and back so will use the lovely River Till at Etal or the fantastic River Tweed estuary if the tide permits or the coastline not too far away.
It is looking likely that from the end of March 2021 we will be able to provide families, couples and individuals with adventure activity experiences as we did back under tier 3 of last year.
Once you have looked through the website and decided what adventure you fancy please check the availability calendar – ‘Private booking’ means I am already booked but empty dates might be free, thanks.
Activities include open canoe and sea kayak guiding, open canoe hire (Etal only). Out and back trips only. We will need to socially distance so some coaching i.e. learning to roll is impractical but guided trips are fine.
If for any reason you have not had a reply to your enquiry please check your junk or spam folder as for some reason replies sometimes go there. Also if you add a Mob number we can confirm after replying via text.
Developing the Desire for Adventure
We aim to ‘Develop your Desire for Adventure’ so if you have a plan to beat the 24 Hr distance record by solo kayak or race across New Zealand or paddle across or around Scotland for charity later this year when things might become more normal or indeed have a local trip in mind just drop us a line and we will sort you out with specific training to suit you. We have a huge range of boats from racing ski to surf kayaks to sea kayaks and general purpose kayaks both single and double as well as a wide range of open canoes to trial.
Who are we
Your host – Ollie Jay is a mature and highly experienced coach and guide. The most experienced coach locally and has been leading adventures here for 22 years and elsewhere since 1991. I have paddled all over the World including Chile, North America, Alaska, Mainland Europe and Africa. I have lived and worked in North Northumberland since ’99 and regularly visit the Scottish Borders and West coast, a very special part of the World. Check out our You Tube Channel.
If you like videos then why not check out our You Tube Channel.
Guided adventures on the river
When we open back up at the end of March and due to COVID 19 we will only be offering ‘Made to Measure’ adventure for individuals, couples or families (Max 5 people), complete beginners welcome. Alternatively we can offer a trip on the fantastic River Tweed estuary based near High water so this time varies every day! The Tweed is more exposed but Berwick is a historic town so lots to see.
If you have been on an adventure with us before and want something a bit more challenging or a longer trip please get in touch as we pride ourselves in providing made to measure adventures for all.
Sea Kayak Gang trips
We hope to be able to run our popular monthly Sea Kayak Gang trips again from April 2021 COVID restrictions allowing. Head onto the Sea Kayak page for more details of the 2021 gang trip dates.
No membership required but if interested you can sign up to receive an invite to suitable trips based on your experience and aims. This is a guided trip somewhere suitable on the North Northumberland coast or Southern Scottish Borders coast ideal for individuals looking to develop their skills in an informal atmosphere with the support of a highly experienced BCU level 4 qualified sea kayak coach to look after you.
Something different in mind?
In the past we have guided clients along the Great Glen Way by sea kayak
Great adventure but the weather can be a challenging.
Given the right conditions i.e. some nice Westerlies to help us surf along the lochs 4 days is a great achievement!
Vouchers available for that special Birthday present?
We offer Adventure Activity Vouchers – ideal for that special Christmas gift or Birthday present. Vouchers are available for any duration of session that we run from 2 hrs to 5 day development courses. Go to the prices page for information. Vouchers are valid for 12 months from purchase and can be redeemed by 2 or more people. Please contact us through the contact page, Facebook or Email for further information or to purchase a voucher.
Sea kayaking off the Isle Of Mull
Please feel free to browse the website by hovering your cursor over the various headings. These will reveal drop down menus that you just click to get more information. You can then decide if we are the right people for you to come to. Please contact us here to enquire about booking an adventure or get further information. You can always Email directly or go through Facebook messenger, Twitter or Instagram if that suits you better. We will try to respond as soon as possible. Occasionally I do head away to work in remote places with no signal or connection so please be patient but by all means try again if you don’t get a reply after a week as it may have gone to a spam folder?
Lots of activities available
We offer a range of adventure activities mostly on water (open canoeing, river and sea kayaking and surf kayaking) but also on the rocks (single pitch rock climbing) and trails (mountain biking) of North Northumberland. We work with clients elsewhere in the UK with the West coast of Scotland being a favourite of ours.
AALS 3 year Licence holder, third one in a row!
It is likely that due to the lack of school business we may let our activity license expire when it runs out in May 2021. Please get in touch if you are interested in getting a school of youth group out before this date, especially local schools who we might be able to cater for on a daily basis! Unfortunately it looks like AALS is going to be no longer but not in the near future! As a long established provider (started in 2000) we have bags of experience and lots of qualifications. In May 2018 we gained our third three year licence (not everyone gets one of these!). An Adventure Activity Licence allows us to provide adventure activities to unaccompanied under 18’s. We can ensure you get a safe, enjoyable learning experience suited to your specific needs. Please view our education page now. Do we renew going forward – not much interest at the moment?
Ollie has great experience, competence and local knowledge and hence the adventures are fun, safe and well targeted.