About us

Canoeing and Sea Kayaking in north west Scotland for those looking to explore and discover the Scottish countryside. Our trips are well respected and run at the pace you want. The company is based on the ideal that those who travel through the countryside or look at wildlife want to learn about the what, where, when, how and why of the scenery and creatures they observe.

We aim to give you a wonderul, safe, kayak and canoe experience based around our Kayak Centre in the grounds of Shieldaig Lodge, Gairloch.

Founder – Cory Jones
MSc, PGCE, APIOL

Cory Jones - FounderCory has a varied background in outdoor leadership and training. As a boy he was always bird watching on his local patch or around the north east where he was brought up.
Cory recently undertook the Wilderness Guide Training Programme to become a Wild Scotland Wilderness Guide. He is a qualified teacher, sea kayak leader, mountain leader and orienteering instructor. In the past he has been Centre Manager at Malham Tarn Field Centre, managed the Lake District National Park Education Service, been Head of Biodiversity and Life-long learning for Sheffield Wildlife Trust, managed rainforest conservation projects in the Philippines and worked overseas as a development adviser before setting up Walking and Wildlife Adventures. Cory is also the Director of Outdoor First Aid Limited.

Gairloch Canoe and Kayak Centre

 

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Qualifications
Cory also hold the Sea Kayak Leader Award. Cory has a host of other outdoor qualifications including International Mountain Leader Award, Single Pitch Award and MBLA Trail Cycle Leader Award.

Since 2001 Cory has guided across the globe for a number of UK based expedition companies including KE Adventure, Mountain Kingdoms and Wilderness Expertise.

In 2017 Cory and Mandy walked 750 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail , the 390 mile Oregon Coast Trail, kayaked in the San Juan Islands off the Vancouver coastline and completed the Powell River Canoe Trail. Read about their adventures here or view them on their YouTube channel.

Cory has a passion for travel in, and on, the big mountain ranges of the world. He has experience of expedition leading in Pakistan, Ladakh, Nepal, Patagonia, the Middle East and Africa. Over the winter 2009/10 Cory led a three man team which successfully crossed the Southern Patagonian Ice Cap, a place reputed to have the worst weather in the world!

Cory has been on or led expeditions in Bolivia, India, Pakistan, China, Tibet, Malawi, Kenya, Namibia, Jordan, Uganda and Guyana.