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      Paul McCaffrey

      Paul McCaffrey

      Paddling | Pedalling | Perambulating

      Mini Bio

      I am a motivated and enthusiastic outdoor practitioner. I have always hated the idea of a mundane job and at university I even started my own business as a means of escaping this fate.  A perfect day for me, is one where I am having adventures with other like-minded people, in beautiful wild places.

      Place to play 

      Torridon or Outer Hebrides are amazing and contain some really special memories.

      Most people don’t know this about me

      I could fly an aircraft on my own before I could drive on my own.

      Adventurer's Stories about Paul

      Did a great job In difficult and challenging conditions, including one person who should have been given better advice on the condition s they may face facilities etc

      Andy Cleland
      Sea Kayaking - The Summer Isles
      Reviewed on 29/08/2019

      Paul was outstanding. He was astounding well informed on a whole range of things - history, environment, geology, archaeology and bird spotting. His enthusiasm was infectious and it encouraged us to be as active as possible. On the other hand, he was flexible and sensible. For example, one morning on Rousay Is., he abandoned part of a walk when it was blowing a gale. On another occasion he he nimbly organised a tour of a spectacular water mill even though it is not at all "wildernessy".
      He was very entertaining to talk to and all the group enjoyed his company.
      I would definitely go on another Wilderness walk if Paul is in charge.

      James Hill
      Wilderness Walking - The Orkney Islands
      Reviewed on 08/07/2019

      Our guide Paul was patient, entertaining, inspiring and careful, and an absolutely excellent driver.

      Belinda Sale
      Wilderness Walking - The Orkney Islands
      Reviewed on 21/06/2019

      Our guide Paul McCaffrey was great. He was flexible and catered for the interests of the group. He was a very good driver and when necessary made the correct decision in relation to the safety and comfort of the group - eg he curtailed the route of walk on an extremely windy day.

      Fiona Gardiner
      Wilderness Walking - The Orkney Islands
      Reviewed on 01/06/2019

      Good planning with the camping spots and 2 nights in each place while also getting to the extremes of the Summer Isles.

      Denzil Broadhurst
      Sea Kayaking - The Summer Isles
      Reviewed on 26/05/2019

      Paul was terrific — super accommodating, personable, knowledgeable and attentive to the group.

      Kimberly Miller
      Wilderness Walking - The Orkney Islands
      Reviewed on 13/05/2019

      Paul was an excellent guide! He was very knowledgeable, experienced and had a quick dry wit. His backing up skills while traversing a hilly winding road are bar none!

      Joi LaFrance
      Sea Kayaking - Introduction Course
      Reviewed on 25/01/2019

      The guides were excellent, very friendly and extremely knowledgeable. I was extremely happy with them. The only small piece of improvement that I could possibly think of is that the guides could check in on the second day with everyone again that the footrests have been set correctly on the first day, or wether the position can be improved now that people have sat in the boat for half a day.

      Jonathan Stalmann
      Sea Kayaking - Introduction Course
      Reviewed on 12/09/2018

      Paul is an excellent guide!! Changed the plans due to weather conditions so everythig was at it best.Listened to our wishes. Overall very pleased with our guide!

      Katarina Serell Nyman
      Wilderness Walking - Isle of Skye
      Reviewed on 11/09/2018

      Paul was great at adjusting the hikes to accomodate weather conditions and to add stops requested by us (the Diana Mackie gallery was wonderful)

      Rene Milo
      Wilderness Walking - Isle of Skye
      Reviewed on 11/09/2018

      I think this is where Wilderness excelled - we were lucky (?) enough to have two excellent guides both with different styles but were entirely complementary . Donald in particular added to the trip with his knowledge of the area and Scotland in general whilst Paul's geology / geography commentary was almost as good .

      Kelvin Cawte
      Sea Kayaking - Introduction Course
      Reviewed on 10/09/2018

      Very flexible both regarding weather and responsive to desires from the group. Personal, but not too much.

      Gunnar Nyman
      Wilderness Walking - Isle of Skye
      Reviewed on 10/09/2018

      Kayaking instructions were really helpful, I learnt a lot in a few days, patient, good help, very, very considerate, full of warm humour as well
      always concerned about safety and also about the environment (they even put away the leftovers of a fire somebody else had left on a loch island we had our lunch!!!)

      Andrea Splinter
      Sea Kayaking - Introduction Course
      Reviewed on 09/09/2018

      Both guides - Donald and Paul - were excellent in their own way - Donald clearly had a lifetime’s experience on the water and was a reassuring presence in rougher conditions, witty with his stories, and generally all round great guy. Paul had excellent local knowledge of both the history and landscape of the region, not to mention all the different sea creatures we came across. They were both excellent instructors and very good company, and kept an eye out for everyone in the group. Very efficient at organising us too!

      Penny Macfarlane
      Sea Kayaking - Introduction Course
      Reviewed on 08/09/2018

      Paul was great! Very patient and informative.

      Ellen Parsons
      Sea Kayaking - Introduction Course
      Reviewed on 10/08/2018

      they were very considerate and helpful. I felt well taken care of.

      Lissa Leininger
      Sea Kayaking - Scottish Sea Kayak Trail North - Gaelic Coast
      Reviewed on 23/07/2018

      As noted before, Paul McCaffrey is truly excellent. One of the best guides we've ever had -- and we've taken at least 10 guided vacations in the past 5 or 6 years.

      Kevin Lantry
      18WSPD_Private Departure
      Reviewed on 16/07/2018

      Well selected routes; very good decisions made during the trip.

      Michael Erben
      Sea Kayaking - Scottish Sea Kayak Trail North - Gaelic Coast
      Reviewed on 08/07/2018

      Paul was a perfect fit for our group! His experience with the area and commitment to making each day a great one was obvious, and we all enjoyed getting to know him.

      Rachel Vipond
      Wilderness Walking - Wilds of Assynt
      Reviewed on 18/06/2018

      Paul was a whizz, great fun, great route guidance, cheeky on making every walk sound shorter though!

      Alice Gubbins
      Wilderness Walking - Wilds of Assynt
      Reviewed on 18/06/2018

      Paul was marvelous (see earlier comments). We would hike with him again anytime! He did a great job at interacting with each of us and we all felt he was the glue that held the whole group together. He had to make a very last minute adjustment to our schedule due to wind and rain and came up with a great plan so no one felt the impact.

      Kathleen Cunha
      Wilderness Walking - Wilds of Assynt
      Reviewed on 18/06/2018

      Paul was brilliant. I could not fault him.

      Jennifer Mirdamadi
      Wilderness Walking - Sutherland: The Great Wild North
      Reviewed on 26/05/2018

      Paul was very good! We all enjoyed his knowledge. He was able to tailor the hikes to our abilities.

      David Johnaon
      Wilderness Walking - Sutherland: The Great Wild North
      Reviewed on 25/05/2018

      Paul was 100% committed to our having an extraordinary experience in the Highlands - appreciating its history, fauna and flora, geology ... just everything. He exceeded our expectations at every turn. And, his encouraging words enabled us to push ourselves to meet the demands of a Level 7 walk and to realize the beauty that awaits those who go for it!! Sincere thanks and gratitude to you, Paul.

      Bethany DeLude
      Wilderness Walking - High Points of Torridon and Wester Ross
      Reviewed on 15/05/2018

      Paul was so good and so much fun!! He did an amazing job accommodating us when I wanted to do the harder hikes when the others weren’t as keen. He was so very focused on ensuring we were happy and above all safe. We put our trust in him completely and took great care of us. Our “guest” guide Ian was also great and he’ll make a great permanent guide. Thanks to Paul this trip was outstanding from start to finish.

      Jennifer Campanella
      Wilderness Walking - High Points of Torridon and Wester Ross
      Reviewed on 14/05/2018

      Paul was an outstanding guide for our trip. He had many different ways to explain the kayaking skills we needed. I think we all gained a lot more confidence as the week progressed.

      Janet Becker
      Sea Kayaking - Introduction Course
      Reviewed on 23/08/2017

      Paul was fantastic. Very intuitive to clients' needs and desires, made a big effort to get to know everyone, tailored every day to suit everyone's ability and wishes, a good balance of coaching and paddling. Brilliant.

      Catriona McCaig
      Sea Kayaking - Introduction Course
      Reviewed on 15/07/2017

      Paul is great, a real asset. He works tirelessly and with a good nature.

      Hannah Brine
      Sea Kayaking - The Summer Isles
      Reviewed on 28/05/2017

      Book a trip with Paul

      Trip / Departure Availability Status Price Book
      Wilderness Walking – Argyll & the Isles
      2nd May - 8th May 2020
      7 place(s) left UNCONFIRMED £1,775 Book Now
      Sea Kayaking – The Scottish Highlands
      17th May - 22nd May 2020
      6 place(s) left UNCONFIRMED £1,395 Book Now
      Open Canoeing – River Spey Descent
      1st Jun - 5th Jun 2020
      8 place(s) left UNCONFIRMED £695 Book Now
      Wilderness Walking – The Knoydart Peninsula
      4th Jul - 11th Jul 2020
      9 place(s) left UNCONFIRMED £1,675 Book Now
      Sailing and Walking – Knoydart, Skye & The Small Isles
      8th Aug - 14th Aug 2020
      2 place(s) left CONFIRMED £1,500 Book Now

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