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Sea Kayaking – Introduction Course

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Price from: £595

Next trip: 20th September

Duration: 4 night(s)

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Location: North West Highlands

Comfort: Basic

Difficulty: 1

71 review(s)
  • Combine learning essential sea kayaking skills with the opportunity to experience some of the best sea kayaking in Scotland
  • Develop your paddling techniques on beautiful Upper Loch Torridon before exploring the Applecross Peninsula
  • At the end of a day on the water, relax with a hot shower, fantastic food and a comfortable bed

Green Graded Sea Kayaking Holidays 1-3

Our Green grade sea kayaking trips are suitable for people new to sea kayaking or with limited experience. The itineraries are designed to be active yet laid back with plenty of opportunity for instruction, sightseeing and relaxation.

You can expect up to 6 hours of paddling each day through mostly sheltered coastal areas and plenty of shore breaks to stretch the legs. All of these trips are accommodation based, with a warm bed and hot shower for you each evening.

Before joining trips in this grade, the questions you should be asking yourself are:

1. Are you generally active and enjoy the outdoors?
2. Are you up for a challenge, learning a new skill and having a lot of fun?

On this sea kayaking for beginners course, you will be based in a private bunkhouse located on the shores of Upper Loch Torridon. The bunkhouse has a traditonal and rustic feel, with a wood-burning stove in the centre of the main living area. However, it has been recently upgraded and boasts a modern kitchen, warm showers and is cosy and dry.

Meals are prepared ‘expedition style’ with everyone lending a hand in both the preparation and clearing up, with our guide coordinating. Naturally, vegetarians and other dietary requirements are willingly catered for simply let us know in advance. On 3 nights, we head out for meals in local inns (these meals are not included in the trip price).

There are 2 dormitory-style bedrooms with 4 beds in each. One dorm will be allocated to males and the other for females.

With sea kayaking being an activity which lends itself perfectly to longer journeys, we feel that this style of accommodation is in keeping with learning the skills necessary for trips involving wild camping, as there will be teamwork involved in preparing the meals. However, we feel it is important at the end of each day to know that you are coming back to somewhere warm and dry.

You will be met by your Wilderness Scotland Guide in the centre of Inverness Railway Station at 1030 on Day 1 of your trip. Your guide will be waiting there with a kayak paddle in his/her hand so should be instantly recognisable! Full details on how to get to Inverness, please see our Travel to Scotland.

by Jacqui Dunbar 25/08/2014

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Great telephone contact, very friendly knowledgable staff who were happy to help in any way possible. Great email contact and information and I felt fully informed and prepped before the course. Well done WS.
Trip Comments
High points for me included paddling through Loch Maree and landing on Isle Maree. Riding the waves around Loch Sheldaig and spending time with lovely like minded people. There weren't really many low points other than not getting on the water for one of the days but that was due to a force 8 gale so is entirely understandable and we still had a great day.
Accommodation and Food
Great telephone contact, very friendly knowledgable staff who were happy to help in any way possible. Great email contact and information and I felt fully informed and prepped before the course. Well done WS.
Your Guide
Mark Cox was an excellent guide. Knowledgable, great teaching style, eager to share his wider knowledge of the environment and surrounding areas he was a great lead guide. Andy Croy was a great assistant whose humour, compassion and skill added nicely to the group - and his photographs are fab :) A great team and whilst this was their first joint trip it seemed to work well from my viewpoint.
The Bottom Line
Wilderness Scotland prepared me very well in advance for what turned out to be the trip of a lifetime. Trying something new can be daunting but the skill, enthusiasm and experience of the instructors along with a beautiful bunkhouse in stunning surroundings all added up to a magnificent trip. From the first launch onto the water I knew I would kayak again. 4 days after I returned, I was back on the water and I am sure to be doing lots more. Wildnerness Scotland - expect to see me again and to recommend you highly! Thank you.

by Peter Alder 23/08/2014

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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by Alice Cauchi Gaffiero 23/08/2014

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
E-mails were responded to very quickly and efficiently.
Trip Comments
Excellent location, fun.
Accommodation and Food
E-mails were responded to very quickly and efficiently.
Your Guide
Both Mark Cox and Andy Croi where very friendly and always ready to teach us new stuff about kayaking. We cerainly feel that we have made 2 new friends!
The Bottom Line
The trips are not cheap and may not be accessible to everyone but once you go on the trip you realize that it is worth every penny. For people who are travelling for a short while, I would include day or 2-day trips if they're not already available.

by Nick Openshaw 05/08/2014

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

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Trip Comments
Very disappointed in failure of guides to carry out a full risk assessment of lunch spots and warn me that if I fell off a boulder it might hurt (only joking)
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
Same point on risk assessments. Equally disappointed at having to carry my own kayak miles (ditto joking) but high point when a dog peed on Malcolm's kit
The Bottom Line
Fanbloodytastic

by Christine Appleyard 03/08/2014

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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Your Guide
I valued Malcolm's supportive approaches as I did feel a little less fit than the others in this particular beginners' course!
The Bottom Line
Excellent, but make sure you are pretty fit, although a beginners course it is quite demanding. However I recognise that this a personal reflection!

by Ian Little 27/07/2014

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

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5The Bottom Line

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by Claire Forrest 27/07/2014

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

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Trip Comments
Fantastic weather meant we got to a great range of locations, most on the coast proper and it was an amazing experience to kayak on calm seas with stunning views and a great sense of tranquility.
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
Our guides George and Malcolm looked after us very well and worked really hard. Their wildlife knowledge was impressive and helped us all understand and enjoy what we saw. On our very first session in the kayaks it would have been useful to have a bit more instruction on paddling technique, however, they were very good at helping us deal with problems and improve our skills as the days went on.
The Bottom Line
Wonderful experience, the places we visited and the experience of being on the water in that beautiful landscape was better than I could have hoped for. Lovely friendly group and we made a good team. It's clear these trips rely on the group working together to help with all the loading and unloading of kayaks and equipment, so perhaps there could be a little more emphasis on that in the dossier.

by Ursula Stanton 26/07/2014

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
I have put good, but really it was good/excellent. Questions asked by phone answered well, even passed on if the person was not sure. One of the click thru did not work (footwear) but told exactly where to find it on your blog. Not very good at reading on the screen so printed everything out - resulting in quite a lot of duplicate information.
Trip Comments
This trip was amazing. I have not been (sea) kayaking before so the whole experience was a high point, especially the morning we paddled along the coast in and out of the rocks. Seals. Sea Eagle. Low point - still haven't quite got the knack of paddling in a straight line. Perhaps next time.
Accommodation and Food
I have put good, but really it was good/excellent. Questions asked by phone answered well, even passed on if the person was not sure. One of the click thru did not work (footwear) but told exactly where to find it on your blog. Not very good at reading on the screen so printed everything out - resulting in quite a lot of duplicate information.
Your Guide
Malcolm especially spent time trying to teach me to paddle. Thank you
Perhaps we could have had a bit more paddling instructions on the first half day but I think most of the group knew how to do it.
Capsizing instructions v clear. Obviously I had no difficulty imagining how to capsize but getting back into the kayak seemed impossible until very clearly (and repeatedly) explained until we had all done it.
The Bottom Line
We were very lucky with the weather which was glorious . I was a total beginner but Wilderness Scotland gave me a wonderful time paddling in the the Western Isles. Just give it a go, the place and the experience are amazing.

by Gary Dick 25/07/2014

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Everything worked well in the lead up to the trip.
Trip Comments
Loved the times when we discovered sealife and wildlife, thats the kind of holiday I'd like to do again.
Accommodation and Food
Everything worked well in the lead up to the trip.
Your Guide
The guides were great and always really helpful and informative.They worked really hard to make sure everything went smoothly from the activities right through to the food! They made me feel safe and confident on the water.Great company.
The Bottom Line
I enjoyed the holiday immensely and feel confident to do more kayaking in future.
Would highly recommend it.The trip was extremely well organised from start to finish.

by Graeme Hall 22/07/2014

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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Trip Comments
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Your Guide
Super guy - gave everybody a lot of confidence.
The Bottom Line
A really well organised and conducted trip.

Prices and Departures

Trip Date
Price
Availability
Trip Status
 
20th Sep - 24th Sep 2014
£595
Places available
27th Sep - 1st Oct 2014
£595
3 place(s) left
18th Apr - 22nd Apr 2015
£595
Places available
25th Apr - 29th Apr 2015
£595
Places available
9th May - 13th May 2015
£595
Places available
6th Jun - 10th Jun 2015
£595
Places available
13th Jun - 17th Jun 2015
£595
Places available
20th Jun - 24th Jun 2015
£595
Places available
11th Jul - 15th Jul 2015
£595
Places available
18th Jul - 22nd Jul 2015
£595
Places available
15th Aug - 19th Aug 2015
£595
Places available
22nd Aug - 26th Aug 2015
£595
Places available
19th Sep - 23rd Sep 2015
£595
Places available
26th Sep - 30th Sep 2015
£595
Places available

Trip Details

If you haven’t tried sea kayaking in Scotland before, this short break kayaking course for beginners will equip you with the essential kayaking skills to get you started and ready for longer sea kayak journeys.

Based at Upper Loch Torridon in the north-west Highlands, you will benefit from lots of kayaking instruction but also enjoy some of the finest sea kayaking in Scotland as we explore Loch Torridon and the surrounding coastline in this area.

Unlike our other sea kayaking holidays in Scotland which involve wild camping, this trip is based indoors, enjoying comfortable accommodation at a private bunkhouse on the shores of Upper Loch Torridon. It has hot showers, warm beds and a cosy, rustic feel, with a wood-burning stove in the living area. This means that if you get wet in the kayaks, you can be assured that a hot shower and a warm bed await you at the end of the day!

The group size has a maximum of 8 clients so you will receive personal kayak coaching throughout the trip from our highly qualified sea kayaking guide. Scotland is a wonderful destination for sea kayaking holidays, and this short break is the perfect introduction to this fascinating activity, opening up the possibility of joining some of our longer sea kayak journeys in the future.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 – Sea Kayaking Instruction, Upper Loch Torridon
You will be met by your guide at Inverness Railway station from where we travel to the north-west Highlands. After settling in and a welcome from the guide, you will have your first experience of sea kayaking in the sheltered sea-loch of Upper Loch Torridon. Returning to the bunkhouse, we will prepare our evening meal and discuss our aims for the trip.

Day 2 – Sea Kayaking Instruction, Upper Loch Torridon
After a relaxing breakfast, we will return to Upper Loch Torridon and launch the kayaks once again. Your guide will introduce you to new kayaking strokes before you set off on an exploration of this beautiful loch, perhaps venturing into Loch Shieldaig, stopping for lunch in one of the sandy bays. Surrounded by the imposing Torridon mountains, you will develop your sea kayaking skills and gain confidence to allow a longer journey on the sea the following day.

Day 3 – Sea Kayaking in Torridon or Applecross
Today we will build on your skills and enjoy a paddle, exploring some of the beautiful coastline or perhaps even visiting some of the islands which are located just off the coastline of the North West Highlands.

Day 4 – Sea Kayaking in Applecross
Sea kayaking in Applecross is superb and on this journey we explore Loch Shieldaig and Shieldaig Island. Known for its beautiful Scots Pines, heronry and seal population, the island is protected by the National Trust for Scotland. We may paddle further along the north Applecross coast and kayak into Loch Torridon or to the remote Diabaig coastline before kayaking back to the pretty village of Shieldaig. After a warm shower at the bunkhouse, we will visit the local pub for a hearty meal and to reflect on a superb day of sea kayaking.

Day 5– Sea Kayaking Journey, Applecross
The final day will see you embark on a sea kayaking journey in Loch Kishorn on the southern coast of Applecross. We will kayak across the bay to Kishorn Island with its seal colony, using our enhanced sea kayaking skills as we journey through this beautiful corner of Scotland. We’ll kayak back to shore early afternoon, load up the kayaks and travel back to Inverness for the end of the sea kayaking course.

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Prices and Departures

Trip Date
Price
Availability
Trip Status
 
20th Sep - 24th Sep 2014
£595
Places available
27th Sep - 1st Oct 2014
£595
3 place(s) left
18th Apr - 22nd Apr 2015
£595
Places available
25th Apr - 29th Apr 2015
£595
Places available
9th May - 13th May 2015
£595
Places available
6th Jun - 10th Jun 2015
£595
Places available
13th Jun - 17th Jun 2015
£595
Places available
20th Jun - 24th Jun 2015
£595
Places available
11th Jul - 15th Jul 2015
£595
Places available
18th Jul - 22nd Jul 2015
£595
Places available
15th Aug - 19th Aug 2015
£595
Places available
22nd Aug - 26th Aug 2015
£595
Places available
19th Sep - 23rd Sep 2015
£595
Places available
26th Sep - 30th Sep 2015
£595
Places available

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Trip reviews

Wilderness Scotland prepared me very well in advance for what turned out to be the trip of a lifetime. Trying something new can be daunting but the skill, enthusiasm and experience of the instructors along with a beautiful bunkhouse in stunning surroundings all added up to a magnificent trip. From the first launch onto the water I knew I would kayak again. 4 days after I returned, I was back on the water and I am sure to be doing lots more. Wildnerness Scotland - expect to see me again and to recommend you highly! Thank you.

Jacqui Dunbar
25/08/2014

5

Peter Alder
23/08/2014

5

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