About Us

Who We Are

For twenty years we have run Clearwater Paddling, running sea-kayaking holidays throughout the Hebrides. Over this time we have gained a great insight into these beautiful islands. With this knowledge to hand we have developed Isle of Barra Surf & Coastal Adventures, a new way in which to enjoy these wonderful islands designed to appeal to families and individuals looking for some easily accessible fun and adventure.

To ensure a relaxing, fulfilling and memorable experience we deliberately keep our groups small with a maximum of eight people. We are an eco-friendly company, and take every step possible to minimise our impact on these beautiful places. 

Chris Denehy

I set up Barra Surf Adventures in 2016. Prior to this I have run Clearwater Paddling since 1996, and my love of paddling has taken me to Norway, Sardinia, Oman, New Zealand, Wales, Scotland, Canada, and the Outer Hebrides. In addition to being a qualified sea kayak coach I am also a snorkel instructor, river canoe coach, mountain leader and first aider. When I am not found on the high seas I like to head to anywhere there is snow and mountains be it skiing, biking, walking or climbing.

Ben Morton-Clark

Ben turned up on Barra one wild winters night 8 years ago and has never left!  Originally from Cornwall Ben is at home on the sea, be it kayaking, surfing, or snorkelling. Ben has explored many corners of the world on long distance walking expeditions including Tasmania, Argentina, New Zealand, and closer to home the rarely walked West Highland Way extension from Fort William to Cape Wrath. Over the years Ben has led kayak tours for Clearwater Paddling across the west coast of Scotland. Last year Ben became a surf instructor and runs Barra Surf Adventures beach operations. Ben is also a snorkel instructor and first aider.

Katie Denehy

Katie was brought up on Barra and left the island when 18 yrs to pursue a career in social work. We returned to Barra in 2001, to bring up our five children. Katie works as a youth and community worker and also keeps Barra Surf Adventures running smoothly by organising the bookings and keeping on top of all the emails. Her favourite means of escape is to head off in her running shoes, spend any spare time climbing mountains, sailing and sharing wine with friends!

 

SO MUCH FUN! It was our first time coasteering and were a little bit scared to begin with but the guides were fantastic and we enjoyed it so much. Can't wait to do it again! 5/5

Simone

The surf lessons were spot on, the kids loved it! 5/5

Chris & family

Had a really lovely time, the island is stunning, the equipment is great. Really fun time. 5/5

Mike

Great location, fantastic equipment, lovely guide, beautiful conditions and even got to my feet. Best session. 5/5

Jo

Absolutely fantastic trip. Stunning scenery, close up wildlife, couldn't really ask for more. The guides were great, providing excellent guiding/tuition. Would definitely come back. Thank you. 5/5

Sarah

Absolutely awesome time! Beautiful place and great instructors! 5/5

Andy

Absolutely fantastic! Everyone should try surfing on Barra! 5/5

Kirsteen

Coasteering was amazing. Ben & Russel were amazing instructors. We all had a ball, thanks so much. Highly recommended, cant wait to go again! 5/5

Jennie

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