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Travel: Take to the water

July 28, 2011
Mark-Warner-Corsica

For an action packed holiday leave dry land behind and head out on the water. Try surfing in Iceland, yes that’s Iceland, sailing in Corsica or sea kayaking in Scotland.

Mark-Warner-CorsicaSail away in Corsica

Located in the Mediterranean, the French island of Corsica makes a stunning base for a water sports holiday, and there’s little wonder that the San Lucianu Beach Resort is a favourite amongst sailors.

Thanks to the mixed wind conditions, with calmer waters usual in the mornings, and the breeze picking up in the afternoons, all levels of ability can take to the water here. If you have yet to know your port from your starboard don’t jump ship as instructors are on hand to show you the ropes, they even run Royal Yachting Association (RYA) courses. Children can also learn and there is a fleet of funboats especially for this.

Not surprisingly given the conditions windsurfing is also really popular here. If you’ve never tried this exciting sport, the feeling of skimming across the water is truly exhilarating. For something a little more sedate there are kayaks and stand up paddle boards too, meaning you need never leave the warm waters of the Med if you don’t want to.

If you’re craving some terra firma after all that you can try mountain biking through the valleys and orange groves, or take to the tennis courts. If that’s all too hectic try the spa instead.

Price: £620 per adult, £558 per child, seven nights half board including flights, transfers, kids club, water sports and tennis.

Dates: Weekly departures

More info: www.markwarner.co.uk

 

Kayaking-ScotlandHighland paddle power

There is no better way to take in the stunning West Highlands of Scotland than from the water. And when you are travelling under your own steam on a sea kayak it’s incredibly rewarding.

The Scottish Sea Kayak Trail is Europe’s first long distance sea kayak trail, stretching from Gigha in the south to the wonderful Summer Isles in the north. This trip explores the central part of the trail, introducing you to wonderful areas such as Loch Linnhe, the Sound of Mull, Loch Sunart and the Sound of Arisaig.

Experienced guides will lead your group along the undeveloped and unmarked trail to offer a pristine experience. Each night you stay in traditional inns and can enjoy hot showers and home cooked food.

This trip requires a minimum of five days sea kayaking experience but Wilderness Scotland offer a variety of sea kayaking trips so families, beginners and those who prefer to camp at night are all catered for.

Price: £775 per person, five nights, all meals and equipment included.

Dates: 10-15 July, 28 August – 2 September, 11-16 September

More info: www.wildernessscotland.com

Arctic surfing
As a land that’s better known for snow than surf, Iceland may not immediately
spring to mind when looking for a water sports holiday. But this surfing camp in
Reykjavík caught my eye. In the words of the Arctic Surfers themselves, “We want
to dispel the myth that Iceland is only for the hardcore pro surfer willing to put up
with brain-freezes and frozen wetsuits. Surfing in Iceland is all about local
knowledge, the right timing and the right equipment.”
With the promise of dramatic surroundings, world class waves and empty line ups,
I’m sold. Late spring and early autumn are the best times to go as water
temperatures are higher and the surf is consistent.
The best surf spots are all located within an hour’s drive of Reykjavík which means
you can stay in the city, enjoy its trendy restaurants and bars, and still have top
class surf on your doorstep.
Price: 119,990 ISK per person (approx £650) but you need a minimum of two
people. If there are more of you the price drops. This includes 6 nights at the
Reykjavik Backpackers in a 4-6 bedded dorm with breakfast, all transfers, packed
lunch every day, surf guide and surfing equipment. Flights are not included.
Dates: 21-27 August, 28 August – 3 September, 4-10 September, 11-17
September, 18-24 September, 25 September – 1 October.
More info: www.arcticsurfers.is

Surfing-IcelandArctic surfing

As a land that’s better known for snow than surf, Iceland may not immediately spring to mind when looking for a water sports holiday. But this surfing camp in Reykjavík caught my eye. In the words of the Arctic Surfers themselves, “We want to dispel the myth that Iceland is only for the hardcore pro surfer willing to put up with brain-freezes and frozen wetsuits. Surfing in Iceland is all about local knowledge, the right timing and the right equipment.”

With the promise of dramatic surroundings, world class waves and empty line ups, I’m sold. Late spring and early autumn are the best times to go as water temperatures are higher and the surf is consistent.

The best surf spots are all located within an hour’s drive of Reykjavík which means you can stay in the city, enjoy its trendy restaurants and bars, and still have top class surf on your doorstep.

Price: 119,990 ISK per person (approx £650) but you need a minimum of two people. If there are more of you the price drops. This includes 6 nights at the Reykjavik Backpackers in a 4-6 bedded dorm with breakfast, all transfers, packed lunch every day, surf guide and surfing equipment. Flights are not included.

Dates: 21-27 August, 28 August – 3 September, 4-10 September, 11-17 September, 18-24 September, 25 September – 1 October.

More info: www.arcticsurfers.is

Louise Hudson, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine

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