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    Myles Farnbank

    Wild | Deep | Salty

    Mini Bio

    I am an experienced adventurer with many years of sea kayaking, canoeing, sailing and mountaineering in many of the world’s wildest places; from Antarctica to Greenland and many places in between. As a Fellow of The Royal Geographical Society and a Master Educator of Leave No Trace, I am committed to sustainable tourism contributing positively to communities and wildlife in the places I work.

    I love sharing the wild places of Scotland, whether Mountains, Glens, Loch or Coast. Apart from helping you have a fun and enjoyable holiday, I hope you will connect with both the place and the experience when you travel with us. I am very interested in the folklore and traditional uses of plants and other natural resources and run training on wild food and ethnobotany. You may get some very ‘fresh’ ingredients to try on a trip with me.

    Place to Play

    Almost anywhere on the west or northern coasts and islands of Scotland.  If I have to choose, then Shetland never fails to blow my mind.

    Not a lot of people know this

    Myles Farnbank is not my original name..!

    Qualifications Read More
    • Mountain Leader
    • Rock Climbing Instructor
    • BC Advanced Sea Leader
    • BC Advanced Canoe Leader
    • BC Guide Endorsement
    • ISKGA Advanced Sea Kayak Guide
    • NAI Certified Interpretive Guide
    • Leave No Trace Master Educator

    Mountain Training Association: https://mt.tahdah.me/profile/index/4651

    International Sea Kayak Guide Association: http://www.iskga.com/myles-farnbank/

    Experience Read More

    I am an experienced wilderness guide with many years of sea kayaking, canoeing, sailing and mountaineering in some of the worlds wildest places. I am committed to the principles of ecotourism contributing positively to communities and wildlife in the places I work.

    I am a Fellow of The Royal Geographical Society. I am a qualified Marine Wildlife Guide and Trainer for the WiSe Marine Wildlife Watching Scheme. If I were asked to state my USP it would be, expertise at creating outdoor experiences and training to help deeply connect people with both place and experience. I am championing the Leave No Trace message in the UK, liaising with a range of agencies and organisations to get a consistent picture on best practice relating to responsible recreational activity in our wild lands.  I am passionate about sea kayak & canoe expeditions and have paddled in many varied locations from Antarctic Peninsula, Greenland, Baffin Island, Norway, Sweden, Sardinia, Croatia, Austria, France, Canada, Madagascar, New Zealand, West and East coast USA as well as extensively in my home waters of Scotland. In recent years I have been providing consulting services to adventure travel businesses and DMO’s around the world. To date Oman, Namibia, Ireland, Armenia, Georgia, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Norway and Kyrgyzstan.

    Biggest Adventure Read More

    In 2011 I led two sailing and sea kayak expeditions back to back in Antarctica. Sailing from Puerto Williams in Chile across the infamous Drake Passage and then sea kayaking and camping on the ice along the Antarctic Peninsula. 42 days continuous guiding in one of the worlds wildest and most beautiful locations.

    Specialist Subject Read More

    I have a keen interest in the traditional uses of plants and other natural resources and run training on wild food and ethnobotany.

    Publications Read More
    • I have contributed content to a number of travel books and magazines.
    • Wrote and was Programme Leader for BA (Hons) Marine & Coastal Tourism degree for University of The Highlands & Islands
    • Contributor to International Adventure Travel Guide Qualifications & Performance Standard
    • Wrote Wild Scotland Best Practice Guidelines on Watching Wildlife by Sea Kayak
    • Appeared on BBC2 Scotland’s Landward, focusing on best practice and minimising impact when/if having a fire in the outdoors.
    • Appeared on Channel 4 news talking about safety best practice after the Lime Bay tragedy.
    • Appeared on The Travel Channels ‘How to Holiday Greener’ programme, focusing on how to watch wildlife appropriately from a sea kayak.
    • Appeared on Croatian National news talking about training for sea kayak guides and safety standards
    • Appeared on Kyrgystan National news talking about understanding the global markets for international Adventure Travel.

    Adventurer's Stories about Myles

    Both Donald and Myles were extremely knowledgeable and fantastic guides.

    Vanessa Robson
    Sea Kayaking - Outer Hebrides
    Reviewed on 05/10/2020

    Myles and Donald are welcoming and friendly, offering instruction and tips and boosting confidence. So willing to share knowledge of the wildlife or geology or the island’s history as well as where your Skeg should be. They really are superb guides.

    Matthew Cousins
    Sea Kayaking - Outer Hebrides
    Reviewed on 30/09/2020

    Both guides were exceptional and we were very lucky to have both Donald and Myles with so much experience and different knowledge, interests and personalities to bring to the trip. I always felt in very safe hands. They really did make it the success it was.

    Penny Macfarlane
    Sea Kayaking - Outer Hebrides
    Reviewed on 27/09/2020

    Myles and Donald are both well known for their sea kayaking expertise, and they are incredibly skilled guides. When I take a step back and reflect on the experience I made on this trip, it is unbelievable how much I could learn from both of them — about sea kayaking, expeditions, culture, history, wildlife, geology, plants. Still, everything is at ease, no pressure or lecturing at all, no constant chatting. Both notice precisely if or when someone is interested or not, and they give everyone time to explore situations on their own. Myles encouraging and cheerful attitude left everyone in the group relaxed and smiling; he also has the gift to make every task seem like a joy. Donald has so many amazing stories to tell, and you feel the incredible experience he has. He always takes care of the whole situation, observes and evaluates without fuzz, and his sometimes very subtle humour is simply amazing. Together they were an absolute dream team. It has been fantastic to be in their company for a week.

    Petra Grell
    Sea Kayaking - Outer Hebrides
    Reviewed on 09/09/2020

    Myles was a terrific guide. He had so much knowledge and despite there being so many COVID rules made our week great fun. He was friendly and made us fell relaxed and safe at all times. Thank you Myles.

    Charlotte Chambers
    Wilderness Walking - Isle of Skye
    Reviewed on 08/09/2020

    We had excellent guides. Miles and Malcolm were extremely knowledgable and made the whole trip very client focused.

    Sally Miller
    Sea Kayaking - The Scottish Highlands
    Reviewed on 08/10/2019

    Myles and Malcolm are a credit to your business and I can not say enough about how great they are/were. I will rebook at some point if these guys are available.

    Robert Hayward
    Sea Kayaking - The Scottish Highlands
    Reviewed on 06/10/2019

    Myles was a wealth of information! It was an added bonus that we were able to learn about the wildlife, plants, geology, and legends of the areas we hiked. He was thoughtful, patient, and accommodating....while always aware and prepared for the environmental conditions of the day. We felt very safe, and at the same time free to explore our own abilities.

    Debbie Zammit
    Wilderness Walking - Wilds of Assynt
    Reviewed on 30/09/2019

    Our guides (Miles & Malcolm) where very good. Unbelievable amount of knowledge and great story tellers. They made it into an unbelievable experience.

    Tjeerd Van Der Laan
    Sea Kayaking - The Scottish Highlands
    Reviewed on 30/09/2019

    2 really good guides, very knowledgeable and informative and really seemed to have a passion for their subject. Absolute confidence all the time in their ability and safety

    James Roberts
    Sea Kayaking - The Scottish Highlands
    Reviewed on 29/09/2019

    Myles was a very good guide who provided lots of information and allowed the group members to maximise the experience and extend themselves in a safe way. A light handed and knowledgeable guide who was very responsive to group members. Hi EQ.

    Steven Graham
    Wilderness Walking - Wilds of Assynt
    Reviewed on 09/09/2019

    Myles is an extremely knowledgeable guide who knows how to tell a story and makes the details of the flora/fauna/geology quite interesting. His willingness to share personal stories at the beginning of the trip allowed the group to connect very quickly in a very personal way.

    Anne-Laure Courbes
    Wilderness Walking - Wilds of Assynt
    Reviewed on 06/09/2019

    Myles was absolutely wonderful -- kind, knowledgeable, humorous, solutions-oriented. We hope to travel with him again!

    Cassandra Bell
    Wilderness Walking - Isle of Skye
    Reviewed on 22/07/2019

    Myles was an excellent fount of knowledge about everything.

    Sue Carlyle
    Wilderness Walking - Isle of Skye
    Reviewed on 08/07/2019

    Myles was very insightful as to how his guests were enjoying or managing their trip.
    He enhance our experience with his lively, interesting discussions on history, folk lore, flora and fauna, and Scottish music and literature.

    He took terrific photos, compiled a list of reading and music suggestions, which he emailed to the group accompanied with a Norman MacCaig poem about Assynt.

    He was truly dedicated to ensuring each guest had a positive experience.

    Patricia Charles
    Wilderness Walking - Sutherland: The Great Wild North
    Reviewed on 28/05/2019

    We felt we won the guide lottery with Myles! He added so much to the trip with his stories, legends, and knowledge of the plants and trees where we hiked. He made sure everyone was safe and having a good time. A reading list and playlist were extra bonuses!

    Wendy Sarazyn
    Wilderness Walking - Sutherland: The Great Wild North
    Reviewed on 27/05/2019

    Myles and Louis were both beyond excellent. I cannot sing their praises high enough. I learnt alot on the more technical side of hiking. They also had extensive knowledge on an amazing array of natural, and not so natural aspects of the regions we visited. This all provided a full bodied experience. I deeply appeciated their knowledge, patience, diplomacy and most importantly, their compassion. Wilderness Scotland are in good hands with guides such as these.

    Kate Charlton
    Wilderness Walking - Sutherland: The Great Wild North
    Reviewed on 23/05/2019

    Myles was very highly skilled, attuned to the group's abilities, very well-informed and a good story-teller, and simply fun to travel with. I learned so much about everything from geology to folklore. I really appreciated Myles sharing his photos, his traveling library, and his reading list. I especially enjoyed the opportunity to observe Myles as he mentored and trained a new guide. Given Myles commitment to the highest standards of guide-training, I think that every person who travels with Wilderness Scotland benefits from Myles' expertise...even if they never meet him in person!

    Benjamin Hines
    Wilderness Walking - Sutherland: The Great Wild North
    Reviewed on 21/05/2019

    see earlier comment about Myles. He is an extraordinarily skilled and knowledgeable guide.

    Ron Vantine
    18WSPD_Private Departure
    Reviewed on 10/10/2018

    See earlier comments [ED] "Myles was the best guide we have ever had! His wonderful demeanor and wide ranging knowledge made every day intellectually stimulating as well as fun. He always demonstrated attention to detail and concern for our safety by encouraging us to use best hiking practices that leveraged each of our abilities The views and experiences were tremendously satisfying!"

    Carol Vantine
    18WSPD_Private Departure
    Reviewed on 01/10/2018

    I can't say enough good things about Myles. He was a wonderful companion and more than a "guide." We got really lucky with Myles and will recommend him highly to other friends. Would do another trip with him, maybe with kids and grandchildren, in a second.

    Mary Bednarowski
    18WSPD_Private Departure
    Reviewed on 29/09/2018

    Both Paul and Myles were excellent guides. They were technically very capable and also helped managed the group dynamic and kept people engaged. I would happily recommend both of them as guides.

    Frances Diver
    Open Canoeing - Canoeing the Scottish Highlands
    Reviewed on 11/06/2018

    Very knowledgeable in all aspects of canoeing, the outdoors and many interesting subjects surrounding their ecperiences. They loaned out their personal gear to make sure we had everything we needed if we forgot our own.

    Scott Hewett
    Open Canoeing - Canoeing the Scottish Highlands
    Reviewed on 10/06/2018

    These 2 guys did a super natural work!!
    Myles seems to be born for this job - also when river Findhorn decided not to give us access and (just to please us in addition) have extremely low water - he arranged and managed everything to make the trip go on. Great...
    And then Paul! His canoeing capabilities are only topped by his great fine type of humour, that I would book to have at my breakfast table every day (if that would be possible ;-) It didn't even stop, when he got in trouble with his car. Also this problem was solved without having any influence on us or on the trip. ....

    Johanna Schaub
    Open Canoeing - Canoeing the Scottish Highlands
    Reviewed on 10/06/2018

    Professional.

    Dominique Bex
    Wilderness Walking - Argyll & the Isles
    Reviewed on 15/05/2018

    Myles and Howard - I really appreciated their accepting of a 72 year old anomaly in the group - not all river runners are as free from ageism attitudes. I really appreciated them. As mentioned all of us seemed managed on the basis of skill and experience, the perfect approach, I think.

    Sebastian Oliver
    Open Canoeing - Canoeing the Scottish Highlands
    Reviewed on 02/10/2017

    Myles and Howard were outstanding on all aspects. We not only got to enjoy the trip but they were also a good example of extraordinary team work in all aspects, from unexpected situations both in the water and out of it. It was very evident at all times that our safety and well being were at the top of Myles' and Howard's priorities. We were a diverse group with different skill levels and different personalities sometimes wanting different things. Both guides ensured decisions (sometimes on the heat of the moment) that kept everyone happy. The best for me was to experience the great team work involved keeping all team members in mind. The photos taken by the guides were an unexpected fabulous bonus.

    Natasha Christine
    Open Canoeing - Canoeing the Scottish Highlands
    Reviewed on 18/09/2017

    I really must take my hat off to both Howard and Miles, to cope with such a diverse group with such a range of skills takes some expertise. Myles leadership skills are exemplary but you already know that. Tough decisions had to be made and were quickly made for the benefit of the group.

    t Scott
    Open Canoeing - Canoeing the Scottish Highlands
    Reviewed on 17/09/2017

    Very committed and clearly experienced, not just in canoeing but in the environment we passed through. Having photos taken and supplied via an internet link was a nice touch

    Phil McCoy
    Open Canoeing - Canoeing the Scottish Highlands
    Reviewed on 17/09/2017

    Miles you are more than impressive with your knowledge and your love of sharing it w/others. I went away with a whole lot more knowledge than I came in with. Thank You Crayson, you are a charm to be around. Your easy going professional nature is refreshing to be around. You made me feel very comfortable and not intimidating at all. I wish you the best in your new chapter.

    Gayle Kosydar
    Sea Kayaking - The Scottish Highlands
    Reviewed on 05/09/2017

    As mentioned before, a conversation with each member of the group, about any prior experience in the main activities, would have been good. Also better structured instructions for absolute beginners. Some of the basic advice was given very hastily. Also challenges were not gradual. For example, launch in day two was quite challenging, but day four much easier. Most of the group coped fibe but I struggled and gave up kayaking in day two, but could have managed day four.

    Christina Malathouni
    Sea Kayaking - The Scottish Highlands
    Reviewed on 27/08/2017

    I thought the way Myles and Craydon worked together was very lovely. Both were excellent.
    We had, I thought, a particularly good group who were supportive and helpful and I certainly appreciated all the lifting and carrying the men did.

    Frances Ross
    Sea Kayaking - The Scottish Highlands
    Reviewed on 27/08/2017

    our guides (Myles & Crayston) were excellent. They offered us a range of routes to suit our abilities and managed to provide options that suited everyone. Having 2 vehicles so that we could extend our routes without retracing our steps was a real boon. The places we visited were really interesting and the knowledge of the guides on the wildlife, geology, flora and fauna made the trips even more interesting.

    Michael Holmes
    Sea Kayaking - The Scottish Highlands
    Reviewed on 27/08/2017

    Myles Farnbank and Howard Jeffs were the perfect guides team: Knowledgeable, super experienced, organised, patient, took safety seriously, great lobbyist for the local fauna and flora (and Scotland in general), and added a ton of cultural information that went beyond the mere kayak experience. I now have a great traditional music play list... Myles and Howard represent what I have in mind when I think 'guides', having qualities beyond "I am certified and I know how to kayak".

    Mario Chioini
    Sea Kayaking - Outer Hebrides
    Reviewed on 17/08/2016

    Some great days out on the water made possible by the experience of Miles and Howard who were able to manage the challenges provided by weather and tides. Super trip. We also had the bonus of having David joining the trip, who shared his love and knowledge in photography... Thank you all for another amazing trip.

    Nicola White
    Sea Kayaking - Outer Hebrides
    Reviewed on 14/08/2016

    Our guides and special guest were such delightful company and worked in complete harmony all together. They delivered the most exquisite experience on and off the water. I would have leapt at the chance of a longer stay!

    Moira Grainger
    Sea Kayaking - Outer Hebrides
    Reviewed on 10/08/2016

    Very fortunate to get two very experienced guides on this trip. Great wealth of information. Howard and Myles worked very well together

    Alasdair Thomson
    Sea Kayaking - Outer Hebrides
    Reviewed on 09/08/2016

    Perfect team, very knowledgeable and a good sense of humour.

    Birgit Plietzsch
    Sea Kayaking - Outer Hebrides
    Reviewed on 07/08/2016

    Guided - both Myles and Zoe were brilliant guides; they were very knowledgeable and thorough when it came to checking weather conditions, were always at pains to ensure everyone was comfortable with the paddling conditions, and would improvise a change to the day's paddling if necessary because of changing weather or our preferences. Because we had two guides, it meant the group could split if some wanted a bit wilder paddle but others preferred to keep it a bit more relaxed. Comprehensive local knowledge was appreciated, too - including the best night for a folk session at the main music bar in Lerwick.

    David Purvis
    Sea Kayaking - Wild Shetland
    Reviewed on 10/09/2015

    Myles and Zoe were a great team - worked really hard to get the most out of the trip, and make sure the group was happy at every stage. Safety conscious and reassuring to be with out on the water, but not at the expense of creating an adventure and sharing their evident love of sea kayaking and wilderness (and Wilderness) Scotland. Went to a lot of effort taking photos out on the water and putting these into a slide show we watched on the ferry home - good memories to look back on. Both great company too.

    Karen Bennett
    Sea Kayaking - The Orkney Isles
    Reviewed on 16/08/2015

    Craig, Myles and Dave were terrific!

    Jon Levin
    15WSTM Tailor Made trips
    Reviewed on 01/08/2015

    informative interesting ability to acess the conditions and people and ajust expedition to suit. Myles and Zoe personalities shone and enhanssed the experience

    Dave Grundy
    Sea Kayaking - Wild Shetland
    Reviewed on 17/07/2015

    Guide was extremely knowledgable.

    Abigail Dickinson
    Sea Kayaking - Introduction Course
    Reviewed on 03/05/2014

    Myles's was extremely knowledgable about the area, as well as obviously being an extremely experienced and skilled guide. I felt completely at ease whilst kayaking and he really helped everyone to improve their technique and confidence whilst in the water.

    Emily Smith
    Sea Kayaking - Introduction Course
    Reviewed on 28/04/2014

    Really knowledgeable
    responsive to whole groups needs/wants whilst also ensuring/showing awareness of each individuals needs
    offered opportunities to increase skills

    Sharon Morris
    Sea Kayaking - West Coast Explorer
    Reviewed on 16/08/2013

    Both Myles and Luke were excellent. Myles particularly for his unparalleled knowledge of culture, flora, fauna, etc; and Luke for his excellent coaching

    Max Landsberg
    Sea Kayaking - West Coast Explorer
    Reviewed on 04/08/2013

    They knew so much! And they were very good at passing their knowledge on to us - pointing out little things we would not have noticed if we were on our own. Also very good paddling instructions, and a nice relaxed approach to everyone.

    Esther Rutzou
    Sea Kayaking - West Coast Explorer
    Reviewed on 28/07/2013

    Their broad knowledge about allmost everything. Storytelling ability. We learned a lot about natur and seakayaking.
    A good sense of humour.
    Ability to create a positiv feeling/atmosphere.
    They allways listened to our proposals and made decisions, that we agreed to.

    Jens Bruntse
    Sea Kayaking - West Coast Explorer
    Reviewed on 28/07/2013

    Myles and Luke were outstanding. I've been on a lot of outdoor holidays with activities worldwide and they certainly stand out amongst the best.

    Thomas Jelley
    Sea Kayaking - West Coast Explorer
    Reviewed on 28/07/2013

    Tim was excellent as the support guide, lovely guy. Miles knew his stuff.

    Navjeet Dhariwal
    Private West Coast Explorer
    Reviewed on 24/07/2013

    Myles was very professional and Tim was a star and a pleasure to be with.

    Stuart MacKellar
    Private West Coast Explorer
    Reviewed on 16/07/2013

    Fanatstic knowledge and very amiable.
    Thanks Tim and Myles.

    Paul Fields
    Private West Coast Explorer
    Reviewed on 15/07/2013

    All the guides were excellent. It was a real pleasure to be in their company - including the assistant guide on the Jacobite trail, who provided valuable advice and information to participants and whose presence as a second guide allowed us to push ourselves in more challenging conditions and gain additional skills and confidence as a result, .
    On the second trip, which involves more travelling to start points the guide ensured that the kayaking experience was as full as it would have been if we'd got to starting points earlier in the morning.

    Elinor Gwynn
    Sea Kayaking - The Atlantic Coast
    Reviewed on 14/07/2013

    Both the guide and assistant guide were excellent.

    Philip Halsall
    Private West Coast Explorer
    Reviewed on 14/07/2013

    Myles Farnbank is one of the most professional guides I have experienced. He watched us the first day and judged that the group was capable of taking some risks, and he allowed us to grow as a result.

    Lawrence Stephenson
    Sea Kayaking - The Atlantic Coast
    Reviewed on 07/07/2013

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    Trip / DepartureAvailabilityStatusPriceBook
    Wildlife Adventures – Winter Wildlife
    24th Feb - 28th Feb 2022
    7 place(s) leftUNCONFIRMED£795Book Now
    Wildlife Adventures – Winter Wildlife
    10th Mar - 14th Mar 2022
    4 place(s) leftCONFIRMED£795Book Now
    Wilderness Walking – National Parks of the UK
    24th Apr - 3rd May 2022
    3 place(s) leftCONFIRMED£2,585Book Now
    Sea Kayaking – The Atlantic Coast
    14th May - 19th May 2022
    1 place(s) leftCONFIRMED£1,475Book Now
    Wildlife Adventures – The Scottish Highlands
    11th Jun - 17th Jun 2022
    8 place(s) leftUNCONFIRMED£1,735Book Now
    Sea Kayaking – Introduction Course
    23rd Jul - 27th Jul 2022
    3 place(s) leftCONFIRMED£875Book Now
    Sea Kayaking – The Summer Isles
    20th Aug - 25th Aug 2022
    6 place(s) leftCONFIRMED£935Book Now
    Sea Kayaking in the Outer Hebrides
    17th Sep - 23rd Sep 2022
    8 place(s) leftUNCONFIRMED£1,295Book Now
    Wilderness Walking – Argyll & the Isles
    1st Oct - 7th Oct 2022
    8 place(s) leftUNCONFIRMED£1,775Book Now
    Wildlife Adventures – Autumn Wildlife Islay
    4th Nov - 7th Nov 2022
    8 place(s) leftUNCONFIRMED£1,035Book Now

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