Mermaid in steel door in Wick, Scotland.

Paddling around this enchanting landscape of the Scottish coastline, illusions of magical creatures under the waves start floating around in my head. It is almost tangible that there must be mermaids around. Mermaids, sirens and selkies are all part of the seafaring folklore. They have been depicted at maps of the world from the middle…

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Plate with fried seaweed, Dulse

“Do you know the different types of seaweed?” the guy asks, he’s one of the 14 nephews and cousins we just met. They stay in the large house for the yearly work party on the currently unpopulated island of Ensay or Easaigh in Gaelic. Standing side by side, the house and chapel shape the deep…

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Charlotte in kayak with basking shark close to South Uist

‘Are you sane?’ she asks when we tell her we will round the Mull of Kintyre the next day. We are not surprised by the question, ‘Is that not dangerous?’ It is regularly asked when we arrive somewhere with our kayaks. People and especially my mother-in-law, think that we risk our lives when we go…

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‘Our thinking is like a boat on the water, pushed along by the waves and influenced by the wind.’ Hazrat Inayat Khan And what happens to our thinking when the boat is on the water but there is no wind nor waves and only silence? What does it do to your mind if this happens…

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Pollock on deck of kayak, with a spool of fishing line.

Kayaking makes you hungry. We had some romantic ideas and mouth-watering dreams about catching fish as we went. Easy peasy, fish swim by them self, no need to carry extra weight. Just throw out a line and catch fish, simple….. Or not…..It took us three years to learn how to seriously catch fish. We both…

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Travelling by kayak involves a lot of changing from one outfit to another. Usually, I have a dry set of clothes on land and a wetsuit when paddling on the water. This means that I have to be ready to change outfits anywhere. Since it is unlikely to find changing rooms or toilets in sight,…

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The roof of Ensay House in a nice evening Sky

‘When the infection is joint by high fever and shivers, this could indicate blood poisoning – a serious affliction in which medical attention is urgently needed.’ Alexander reads aloud from ‘The medical handbook for outdoor pursuits’, while the rain pours down on the tent. ‘What are we going to do?’ I ask weakly. The ring…

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