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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

    Paul and Ali were amazing! They made our trip so incredible, and I am so happy they were our guides.

    Anne Richter
    Sea Kayaking - The Summer Isles
    Reviewed on 28/09/2020

    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 – Outer Hebrides and Skye
    3rd Jul - 9th Jul 2021
    3 place(s) left CONFIRMED £1,755 Book Now
    Wilderness Walking – Argyll & the Isles
    31st Jul - 6th Aug 2021
    4 place(s) left CONFIRMED £1,785 Book Now
    Wilderness Walking – The Isle of Skye
    11th Sep - 17th Sep 2021
    5 place(s) left CONFIRMED £1,755 Book Now
    Wilderness Walking – The Orkney Islands
    9th Oct - 15th Oct 2021
    7 place(s) left UNCONFIRMED £1,795 Book Now

    Make Trip Private

    Sometimes it's nice to get family and friends together and travel privately for some quality time. This means you benefit from all the features of the group departure, including hand-picked accommodation and expert local guides and we'll take care of it all. Then you can make your choice of departures dates and we'll get back to you to finalise the details.

    We work together with our team of guides to decide which departures they lead each year. As part of that, guides provide available dates that they are free to be booked. This means that any of the dates you see in the first field of the form below, could be perfect for your private departure or customised tour.

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