Meet Owain, the visionary behind Eigg Adventures, your go-to destination for thrilling e-bike, bike, and kayak experiences on the beautiful Isle of Eigg.
Falling for Eigg
He first visited Eigg whilst working on the support crew for endurance athlete, Sean Conway, who swam the length of Britain in 2013. He fell in love with the island and in 2015 he made his way over to work a winter season. Most people who fall in love with Eigg do so over the summer months when the days are long and the weather good. If you still love it over winter it’s a good indicator that you will be happy living here. When the chance arose to take on Eigg Adventures, Owain seized it, merging his expertise with his passion for Eigg.
A typical day starts at 6:30 am. Getting up early allows time for meditation and to take in the breathtaking island views. “Why live here if not to savour the beauty that surrounds us”? The official workday starts about 9am. Organising, communicating and responding to queries before heading to the base to prepare the fleet for the day’s escapades. A pitstop at Galmisdale Bay Cafe for a well-deserved coffee punctuates the bustling schedule.
By 10 am, Eigg Adventures opens its doors, ready for passengers disembarking from the Sheerwater and then the Calmac ferry. Owain welcomes visitors, pouring his passion for the island into personalised recommendations tailored to their interests. “It's not just about bikes and kayaks; it's about sharing the essence of Eigg—its community ownership, independence, and vibrant energy”.
Best way to spend a day on Eigg
Although the summer season is busy, time can always be carved out for a plunge off the pier. The crystal clear waters around Eigg are perfect for swimming, kayaking and snorkelling.
His favourite way to spend a day is a sea to summit walk. Starting the day with a dip in the sea before walking to the second highest point on the island - Ben Tighe. “It's beautiful and quiet and the walk has spectacular views of the Sgurr ridge. On a quiet day you can hear the deers from Rum roaring”. The perfect way to end the adventure is with another sea swim.
Throughout Autumn and Winter, it’s possible to book Owain for a bespoke guiding experience showcasing Eigg’s less discovered gems. Connect with him at the contact details below to find out more.