“Shetland isn’t just one of the best places in the UK or Europe to kayak,” says Angus Nicol. “It’s one of the best places in the world. We have people who come to Shetland just for a day of kayaking. They often say that in other places they’d paddle all day just to see the kind of cave we see every five minutes here.”
Angus runs Sea Kayak Shetland with his wife Wendy and daughters Rosalind and Catriona. They launched the business 12 years ago, not long after discovering the sport and being hooked. They now run tailor-made tours for all levels, almost always with two guides so that they can give tips on technique as well as facts about the local wildlife, culture and landscape, which looks very different from the sea.
“The beauty of our trips is that you never know what you’ll see,” says Angus. “There’s so much wildlife in Shetland, and every day is different.”
Here, he picks out five of his favourite kayak spots in Shetland.