Our trips, your words...
Thanks for making the time to say thanks......
I'm stoked about passing 4*. It reflects completely on you and your expert coaching. Not to mention your kindness and flexibility. That also applies to Gill who has been enormously supportive although I have spent most of my time with you. Thank you VERY much. And please pass on my thanks and appreciation to Gill.
Cheers // Will
"I'm coming back..."
I just saw our pictures on your web page from this summer and I realized I forgot to send a big thank you. You made that day one of the most memorable days of our trip to Scotland.
It was just such a beautiful day and the surroundings were marvellous but to tell you the truth, it wouldn't have made it without you.
I would recommend your tours to anyone going to Scotland and when, and I say WHEN I go back to Scotland, I'm coming back for a tour in the kayaks with you.
Thanks for a great memory and hope to see you in the future.
"...the best day of our holiday..."
I just wanted to say a huge thank you for such an awesome experience sea kayaking last week. It really was the best day of our holiday.
The scenery was absolutely stunning and all your knowledge of the area made it a very interesting and unique experience!
I was very nervous about getting out on the water but you were an excellent teacher so thank you for your patience!
Chloe L., Manchester
My son Alex and I went for a sea kayaking taster session run by Colin McWilliams just over a week ago and had a fantastic time. We had kayaked a little bit before but never on the sea. We learned so much in a few hours it far exceeded our expectations – we are hooked! We plan to visit again and go out with Colin on longer trips so that we can progress and gain more skill and experience. Sea kayaking is a brilliant way to gain not only an appreciation of the sea, wildlife and kayaking but also to forge strong bonds between families (mother and almost teenage son in this case). Colin was flexible and able to coach us individually, ensuring that we learned and had fun at the same time. Absolutely fabulous – we can't wait to go sea kayaking again.
Sarah and Alex, Cambridge
"...the highlight of my holiday..."
My day paddling with Oban Sea Kayak Guides was definitely the highlight of my holiday. Organising a day's paddling during a week of fickle Scottish weather was made easy due to your flexibility.
You were able to tailor the activities to suit my experience and ability, whilst maintaining a comfortable level of safety. Under your guidance my paddling technique and enjoyment improved greatly, giving me the confidence to tackle the challenging conditions.
Your enthusiasm, friendliness and patient instruction were much appreciated – as was the tomato soup! Once again, thanks to you and Oban Sea Kayak Guides for a fantastic day on the water.
Lawrence McL., Nottingham
Sea Kayaking Noticeboard
Gill Barnsley of Oban Sea Kayak Guides died peacefully at Lorn and Islands hospital, Oban on 5th May 2017. She will be sorely missed by Colin, friends, family and colleagues.
A gathering to celebrate Gill’s life will be held on Thursday 25 May at 1pm in the Argyllshire Gathering Halls, Oban. All are welcome; Colin hopes that as many of Gill’s friends, colleagues, neighbours and fellow paddlers as possible will come to the gathering.
Colin requests that bright, casual/outdoor clothing be worn. Family flowers only. A retiral collection/donations will be taken for the Macmillan Suite at Lorn & Islands Hospital, Oban.
This could be you! Discover Oban and Argyll's stunning coastline by sea kayak.