An Outdoors Family

Live your own definition of adventure

Here it goes, another mention of our summer challenge… but I promise you it will be a quick one! If you follow our blog you’ll know we set out to bag 20+ munros over 4 weeks with our son, raising money for Tommy’s charity – at the end we bagged 22 together, walked 104km with […]

an outdoors family autumn in perthshire

Why you should visit Perthshire in Autumn

Perthshire is known as Big Tree Country and with good reason. The area covers more than 200,000 acres of woodland, has some of the oldest and tallest trees in the country and has some great trails for family walks. Needless to say, it’s a beautiful place to visit at any time of year, but it is […]

Clip in canoe seat review - An Outdoors Family

Gear review: Endless River Canoe Add-a-passenger clip in seat

Our Venture Ranger canoe came with only two seats which was actually a benefit when our son was very young. We put a couple of mats on the floor and could let him play without any worry of him falling over the side. Over the last year and a half he has really been wanting […]

Loch Maree lunch stop

Loch Maree; Journey to the centre of the universe…

Journey to the centre of the universe… ..or at least to the only island on a loch on an island on a loch in the UK… which is close enough in my mind! A few weeks ago I got an email newsletter from Walkhighlands with a post on freshwater lochs. In there I found the […]

Canoe rescue plan

Canoe rescue: Do you have a plan? Here’s ours and to hoping we never have to use it

Recently in a review of our son’s Baltic Life Jacket, I talked about the need for EVERYONE to wear buoyancy aids, and for children especially to wear life jackets when canoeing. I promised in that review that I would describe our canoe rescue plan, in case we do find ourselves in the situation of a capsize. Here it is: […]

Redefinition can go a long way on a long day

A simple redefinition can go a long way on a long day!

Brutal honesty coming up; the last few times we’ve spent outdoors with our son have been a bit gruesome. He does not want to go anywhere or do anything. I blame Leonardo. Or is it Michelangelo today? I can’t keep up, not only with those turtles, but also with our sons mood. He’s three, well nearly four, and […]

Baltic toddler lifejacket review

Gear Review: Baltic 100N Toddler Lifejacket

A significant proportion of canoeing accidents and deaths occur on lakes and grade I-II rivers and there are two quite common contributory elements: alcohol and lack of an appropriate personal flotation device (PFD). I am going to assume that alcohol isn’t going to be an issue for toddlers… but appropriate flotation is vital, after all, […]

Loch of Clunie

Trip report: Loch of Clunie

We were looking for a day to relax and unwind, following on from a mad busy week of seeing family we hadn’t seen in ages and what felt like days travelling. Deciding on canoeing as a definite favourite to relax, but wanting to avoid our usual A9 hotspots for our canoe trips, including Loch Tummel and Loch Tay we fancied […]

His own paddle

Our 6 tips for keeping young children entertained when canoeing

Our son once managed a full 8 seconds of staying still. Yup, it was a day like any other and he was being a very busy little man, just like any other pre-schooler, so we had a game of seeing how long he could stay still for… 8 seconds. Sooo, to expect him to stay still-ish and […]

Canoeing Loch Veyatie

Canoeing on Loch Veyatie: Having our fill of marshmallows and midges!

  Having canoed a few times on Loch Sionascaig, one of my favourite places in the world, and hearing only good things from fellow paddlers about one of its neighbours Loch Veyatie, we decided to head over there to canoe camp and see what the fuss was about. There are two different entry points to […]