When we think about it, what epitomises Torbay is the view from the sea. We are overwhelmed by the sheer beauty and grandeur of the beautiful place we live in – and the geological history of what makes Torbay the stupendous coastal adventure playground that it is. It’s something rarely seen by the average visitor, of course, but it’s getting up close and personal to the multitude of rocks, coves, caves and inlets making up the 20 miles and 22 beaches of Torbay’s coastline that brings it all to life. This is the foundation on which SKT is built: the sheer amazement at what Torbay’s coastline has to offer, our wish to share with everyone the excitement we feel every time we go out.
That needs to be done safely, of course, and that is where SKT’s expertise comes in. Kieran, a fully qualified and enthusiastic tour guide, provides the perfect environment to enjoy all this in a wide variety of packages ranging from a couple of hours’ paddle to a full day coastal tour, all suitable for either the beginner paddler or the more experienced one.
Whether it’s a family day out with a difference, an office away-day, team building exercise or simply a random collection of individuals brought together for an enjoyable potter around the coast, SKT is there to tailor each trip to the individual requirements of those taking part. And you don’t necessarily have to come to us we come to you because we are fully mobile and can provide a pick-up/drop-off service either at your hotel or beach of your choice. And we provide everything from the boats (including tandem-style kayaks) to Inuit-style clothing for cooler temperatures to keep you dry and comfortable (and food and drink as well on some of our packages).
Sea kayaking is an exhilarating experience for its own sake anyway, but when you add the extra dimension of learning about Torbay’s Geopark along the way, get to explore the rocks, hear the story of how they were formed, draw up at a deserted beach, fillet and stone-cook any fish you may catch, and explore remote rock pools unvisited by the bucket-and-spade brigade,a day out with SKT is something that will stay with you long after you are dropped back at your hotel.
As a mobile kayak unit, based in Torbay, the UK's English Riviera, we deliver kayaking from the beaches of Brixham, Paignton or Torquay and the Dart or Teign estuaries. Kieran is passionate about delivering a truly memorable experience that gives you a complete skill set to take your Kayaking further. He incorporates information about the local history and rich cultural heritage, marine wildlife, and natural beauty into your tour. Kieran has been taming the sea for beginners for over a decade, allowing any person to enjoy floating around the English Riviera.
Sea Kayaking is the easiest way to access the more remote areas without any prior experience. Our amazing supplier, Chillcheater, offers dry, fleece-lined technical clothing designed by elite paddlers that allow us to stay warm and dry even if the weather turns on us. With this clothing we’re able to guide you at any time of the year, designed for all year paddling in colder climates but it has been introduced to Torbay to offer accessible adventure outside of the summer season and on cooler days or if you decide to get wet, they will quickly warm you up.
Sea Kayaking is our connection to the sea, our land visits are also a major part of the adventure. We’re specialists in a range of services, including:
Kieran Laureston is an academic who has brought together the antiquity and cultural heritage of the area. From Paleolithic and Neolithic man, to the Bretons, Celts, Dumnonii, Normans, Saxons, Scandinavians, Pilgrims, Saints, Romans and people of the Napoleonic Era, all there stories are etched into the landscape. We’re fascinated by the rich heritage and geology.
We like to frame your adventure by adding those stories in the places they occurred to add to their authenticity. These tours are a great way to bring families and groups together where different generations can connect with nature and engage with cultural history and geology whilst learning new skills together and from each other.
Kieran will take you closer to nature in an attempt to connect with it and assist in its conservation and preservation. We view nature in its natural habitat without disturbing, displacing or damaging it, exploring remote areas which larger craft and ferries cannot access.
Torbays geology has created sheltered coves that were an easy landing place for the early colonisers of the western seaways. Once the glaciers left Dartmoor our lands were exttremely fertile and tin and gold rich. The Romans, Vikings, Pirates and Celts new this, and Torbay is a great shelter for ships navigating the channel or fighting off our shores.
It is the place Darwin is said to have completed his thesis through visits to our shores and the place Paleolithic man rested his head in Kents Cavern. It was an important place for our ancient ancestors and also for our own wild Short-snouted Seahorses (Hippocampus
hippocampus, pictured above.)
The geological processes that created our headlands are clear to see and they in turn created bio diverse marine areas not found in the rest of the country, creating rare and unique wildlife. The views back into the bay are also simply stunning especially on the sun rise or sun set and our guides bring this all to life for you.
Whether you’re new to the water and a complete beginner or an avid paddler wanting to explore the headlands without your boat. Or maybe you want to come and push your level in an advanced boat, we provide training and mentoring for all levels of ability.
Come and meet some like minded people on a fun fun-filled tour, where you can have as much action and adventure as you want and everything is delivered to the beach you want to venture from.
Do you want a different sort of adventure with your friends or family? A guided tour into Torbay's wild marine inter tidal zone is an excellent way to bond with a friend or have a memorable time with your family. We adapt the trip programme to your group’s individual needs.
We also deliver walking and bike tours of the Geopark and South Devon area, or Canoeing and Inland Kayaking on the River Dart or Teign.
All of our tours involve some degree of physical activity. However, everything except the paddling is catered for. In our tandems you can actually have a very gentle tour and travel quite a distance or If you’d like a bit more activity, we’re happy to accommodate this. In addition to half/ full days or overnight trips, we offer multi-day courses or expeditions further afield. This may involve:
There is so much to introduce you and your group to that we needn't travel far. Our kayaks are the vehicle to get you to the action!
Grab your camera because there are so many highlights on one of these tours, you’ll want to capture them all. The English Riviera enjoys some of the very best geology and marine wildlife in Devon.
If you have something in mind that isn’t described in these pages, just let us know, we are adventure specialists and we can accommodate any adventure experience. We adjust for physical limitations or time restraints, and are able to arrange for an extra kayak or two if you’re part of a larger group.