- Learn to sea kayak in Scotland on a special family holiday
- Meet other families with similar interests and enjoy sea kayaking with them
- Relax in family friendly accommodation located in a peaceful corner of the West Highlands
Green Graded Family Adventure Holidays 1-3
Our small group family activity holidays and adventures are all graded Green. All that you require to join these group trips is enthusiasm to try out various outdoor activities and a basic level of fitness. No previous experience of any of the activities is required, as our guides are used to working with beginners and with families.
A reasonable level of fitness is useful, as you will have a couple of full days outside. However, our guides will pitch all activities at a level suitable for the group. Group sizes for these trips have a maximum of either 8 or 16 people. For trips where the group size is 16, the main activities will generally be split into two smaller groups of 8, and our guides will place families of similar age and ability in the same group.
These group trips are designed for families with children aged 8 or 9 – 15 years old (please see the recommended age in the trip dossier). However, if you have slightly younger children who are fit and active, we may be able to accommodate them on these trips – please contact us to discuss this. For families with older children, we recommend one of our trips for individual families.
The accommodation for this trip is based in a family-friendly, traditional inn which is located right beside the beach in a sheltered bay in the Sound of Arisaig, south-west of Fort William. The traditional inn has been the hub of the community for years and is a great place to eat, drink and share a joke with the locals.
The accommodation is in a new annex next to the inn and boasts large, ensuite rooms each of which has a king sized double bed and either a single bed or bunk-beds. This means that the accommodation is flexible so we can offer a lower price for families who are happy to stay in a family room rather having separate rooms for the adults and children.
Breakfast is taken at the inn, which also provides us with a packed lunch each day. Evening meals are not included but can also be taken at the inn’s dining room, which has a great reputation for its food, with people travelling for miles around to eat there. Alternatively, there are some other restaurants a short drive away.
Best of all, however, is its shoreline location which means that you can walk out of your door and jump straight into your sea kayak each morning!
You will be met by your Wilderness Scotland Guide at the accommodation at 1pm on Day 1 of your trip. Please ensure that you have eaten and changed into your kayaking clothing before this time. Please note that check in time at the inn is after 1pm unless rooms are available. For more information on getting to Scotland please see our Travel to Scotland section.
by Iain Devine 12/08/2013
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Kept the whole family interested ... definitely a great skill
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by Lucy Barrett 11/08/2013
Very pleasant guide who was great with the kids.
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Prices and Departures
This trip has been especially designed for families to discover the magic of sea kayaking in Scotland.
You will join with other families for a fun and exciting short break, learning to sea kayak in the unspoilt and crystal clear waters of Scotland’s mountainous west coast.
Our locally-based guides are some of the best in Scotland so you can be sure that safety is a priority at all times – even though it definitely will feel like an adventure! Accommodation for this holiday is in a comfortable, traditional inn located right on the shoreline on the Sound of Arisaig, near Fort William. The owner is an enthusiastic sea kayaker and provides a warm welcome to families.
During the 4 day trip, you will have the opportunity to paddle in both double and single sea kayaks, developing your skills and enjoying the freedom which sea kayaking brings. No previous experience of sea-kayaking is required but the small group size means that, even if you have some experience, our guides will have time to work with you to develop your skills further.
The trip price is £545 based upon a family of four sharing a spacious family room. We also offer the option of double/twin and triple rooms – please download the trip dossier for full pricing options. All rooms at the inn are en-suite.
Day 1 – Sea Kayaking Holiday begins!
After making your way to the inn on the Sound of Arisaig, you will meet our guide at 1pm for an afternoon of sea kayaking. After sorting out the equipment and making sure everyone is comfortable, the guide will explain safety procedures and then we will get out on the water. This is usually in the sheltered bay directly outside the inn and provides an enticing first taste of sea kayaking in Scotland.
Day 2 – Sea Kayaking in the Sound of Arisaig
After going over the basic strokes learned on the previous afternoon, our guide will lead a sea kayaking journey in the Sound of Arisaig. This beautiful stretch of water offers excellent sea kayaking in fairly sheltered waters. It is also an excellent place for seeing marine wildlife such as otters or even dolphins. There will be plenty of breaks during the day to ensure that no-one gets too tired, and we will return to the inn late afternoon.
Day 3 – Sea Kayaking in the Sound of Arisaig
We will enjoy another sea kayak journey in the Sound of Arisaig, working on our skills and exploring a new part of the coastline. There are lots of sea-lochs to explore and we might venture south to Loch Moidart and paddle there, finishing at the impressive ruin of Castle Tioram, an amazing place to visit.
Day 4 – More Sea Kayaking!
On our final day of sea kayaking, we will enjoy another journey exploring the Sound of Arisaig by sea kayak, perhaps visiting one of the islands that lie just off the coast in front of the inn. We’ll finish sea kayaking late afternoon, reviewing the progress that everyone has made. After the review, the trip will end around 4pm.