50 years of adventure and life-changing experiences in beautiful isolation, 1969 – 2019

Warm in the sun, cool in the shade

Late afternoon shade over the crofts but the mountains still glowing

Autumn at Ardmore

Warm in the sun, cool in the shade

Great early autumn weather with the hillsides already orange and brown

Wednesday October 2nd 2013

2013 will go down as one of our busiest seasons ever. It is a real pleasure to welcome back so many familiar faces from an ever loyal band of schools, and to welcome Brambletye and York House for the first time.

Our 14-day expedition summer camp was full for new bookings by mid-February 2013 and we ended up running two 6-day summer camps. This year our season ended with two separate sea kayaking expeditions for an Armed Forces charity. They are an inspiring bunch of people and it was a pleasure to help them raise funds to support current and former service personnel.

It has been all quiet here for about a month now. Most of the boats are out of the water and up on the racks and thoughts turn towards starting all over again in the spring. In the meantime there is plenty of work in the office and across at the Adventure School to keep us busy over the winter.

We were out with a couple of day kayakers last Saturday, well beyond Ardmore Point with low cloud shrouding the hills and an eerie Atlantic calm. Within minutes of each other we watched a pod of five dolphins whip past us from the point out towards Handa Island, jumping, breaching and clearly enjoying themselves, followed soon after by two Risso’s dolphins (a much larger and more whale like cousin) gliding calmly by. An outstanding and rare occurrence.

Over the next few weeks we will be putting the finishing touches to a new 10-day summer camp specifically designed for young people who have completed the 14-day summer camp at the older end of the age range, and are hungry for a yet bigger challenge! We hope to have more details, dates and a price up on the website by the start of November.