Me in 3 – Wild | Deep | Salty
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…….!
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.
Adventurer's Stories about Myles
see earlier comment about Myles. He is an extraordinarily skilled and knowledgeable guide.Ron Vantine
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
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
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
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
These 2 guys did a super natural work!!Johanna Schaub
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. ....
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
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
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
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 touchPhil McCoy
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
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
I thought the way Myles and Craydon worked together was very lovely. Both were excellent.Frances Ross
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.
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
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
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
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
Very fortunate to get two very experienced guides on this trip. Great wealth of information. Howard and Myles worked very well togetherAlasdair Thomson
Perfect team, very knowledgeable and a good sense of humour.Birgit Plietzsch
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
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
Craig, Myles and Dave were terrific!Jon Levin
informative interesting ability to acess the conditions and people and ajust expedition to suit. Myles and Zoe personalities shone and enhanssed the experienceDave Grundy
Guide was extremely knowledgable.Abigail Dickinson
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
Really knowledgeableSharon Morris
responsive to whole groups needs/wants whilst also ensuring/showing awareness of each individuals needs
offered opportunities to increase skills
Both Myles and Luke were excellent. Myles particularly for his unparalleled knowledge of culture, flora, fauna, etc; and Luke for his excellent coachingMax Landsberg
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
Their broad knowledge about allmost everything. Storytelling ability. We learned a lot about natur and seakayaking.Jens Bruntse
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.
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
Tim was excellent as the support guide, lovely guy. Miles knew his stuff.Navjeet Dhariwal
Myles was very professional and Tim was a star and a pleasure to be with.Stuart MacKellar
Fanatstic knowledge and very amiable.Paul Fields
Thanks Tim and Myles.
Both the guide and assistant guide were excellent.Philip Halsall
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, .Elinor Gwynn
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.
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