Rowland has recorded a podcast on his circumnavigation and this can be found on his website by following the link.
This is an enjoyable read for any armchair adventurer, but in particular, anyone with a penchant for sea kayaking or extended expeditions of any kind will enjoy the descriptions of the challenges, the boredom, the thrills and not least the hilarity that is involved. This is a very understated book that blows the lid of a lot of expedition literature - while the achievement is undoubtedly extraordinary, it isn't a tale in the grand heroic tradition, and there is very little bragging involved - it's more concerned with the human interactions and experiences, the perseverance amidst doubt, exhaustion and very ripe kit, that are what it's really all about. And in an off-beat way this is very inspiring - it leaves you thinking, maybe, just maybe, if I worked really really hard, I could do that too... ?
by Lara Adams
Being someone who is not into kayaking and knows not the first thing about it, I came to Rowland's book with little expectation. But,to my delight and surprise, I found myself thoroughly hooked by this tale of his tremendous odyssey around Britain. It's a story of adventure, of places and people, of courage, joy and disappointment, written beautifully in an engaging and very honest manner. If you are a sailor or sea kayaker, you'll love this book, but equally, if you are not, you will also love this book.
by Kate Drummond-Hay
I am a sea kayaker and thoroughly enjoyed this book. So much so that I read it cover to cover in one day, something that I have not done with a book for many years. As a description of a journey round Britain it is, of course full of scenic high points, but also the fact of the more mundane and workaday stretches of our shores. Here the quality of the reflection, description of the many characters met along the way and the challenges of the mind, body, sea and our maritime climate at its most wayward kept me happily engaged till, like the author. I finally returned to the starting point.
by Ed Lawson
Rowland Woollven started kayaking whilst at school and progressed through the disciplines of down river touring and racing, canoe polo, slalom, sprint, marathon and long-distance racing before settling on sea and surf kayaking as his main interests. Rowland has worked on a large number of kayaking symposiums in the UK and USA, both as an on-water coach and as a principal speaker and lecturer. His main area of interest for sea expeditions is South East Alaska and the west coast of British Columbia, where he has led several major trips, including a 6 week circumnavigation of the Queen Charlotte Islands in 1998. Other expeditions in the past have taken him to Norway and France. Closer to home, in 2008 he paddled threequarters of the mainland British coast. He finished the circumnavigation in 2012 - having taken rather longer than planned!
Rowland now lives near Oban on the west coast of Scotland.