About Sea Kayak Alice

My name is Alice McInnes, and I’m a sea kayak coach and guide based in Edinburgh, Scotland. My local waters are the Firth of Forth and the coastlines of East Lothian. I also like to roam around and frequently paddle on the west coast of Scotland in locations such as Bute, Arran, the  Cumbraes, Oban, the Slate Islands (i.e Seil, Easdale Luing), Skye and Shetland.

Kayak Qualifications

  • BC Advanced Sea kayak Leader (formally called 5 Star Sea)
  • UKCC Level 2 kayak coach
  • 3 star white water kayak
  • Outdoor First Aid (REC level two)
  • Foundation PaddleAbility
Spring sunshine near the Isle of Seil, west coast of Scotland

Tiderace Sea Kayaks – kayak and equipment hire

I’m an ambassador for Tiderace Sea Kayaks – and have a range of kayaks to suit all. If you would like to use a Tiderace kayak on one of my trips then let me know.

Female focused

I am a founder of the Women’s Sea Kayak Festival, a UK-based all-female event which helps promote female paddlers and coaches on and off the water.

Started in 2012, it is the UK’s only all-female sea kayaking event, and has proven that there is both interest and demand for female-specific events and for female voices on the water. I am passionate about helping more women get out and enjoy time on the water. A spin-off sister festival runs in Devon.

The UK and Scotland has arguably some of the best sea kayaking in the world. I am lucky to have paddled many areas, including:

  • Isle of Skye
  • Shetland
  • Arisaig and the Small Isles including Rum, Eigg and Canna
  • North-west Scotland, Summer isles, Handa.
  • Clyde and the Cumbraes – Bute and Arran, Great Cumbrae and Wee Cumbrae
  • Firth of Forth and East Lothian – the islands of the Forth, including Bass Rock, St Abbs.
  • Firth of Lorn – Lismore, Shuna
  • Isles of Scilly
  • The Farne islands
  • North Wales
  • Cornwall
  • Brittany’s surf and tideraces.

My backstory

I started sea kayaking in 2009, having spent many years in the mountains walking, climbing and biking. I  fell in love with sea kayaking and the sport that gives you 360 degree views, encounters with marine life, weather that can be literally thrown at you, access to the most fantastic beaches in the country, and a friendly international community of fellow paddlers.

My aim is to paddle around the entire coastline of Scotland. In 2016 I paddled from Skye to Thurso and in 2017 made it around Dunscansby Head and hope to enjoy every kilometre as I continue my journey.

In 2017, I took the option of redundancy from a job in a well-known bank in Edinburgh, and swapped my office chair for a kayak seat and my spreadsheets for a OS map, and I am pursuing my passion for kayaking and the outdoors.

Coaching rescues and self rescues

I occasionally use a short surf kayak, and paddle down rivers which makes me understand the value of continual learning. I’ve completed a course on coastal Interpretation, understanding weather and climate and tidal habitat.

I’m an active member of the Lothian Sea Kayak Club and the online community SSKEG (Scottish Sea Kayaking E-group).