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Sea Kayaking – Introduction Course

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Price from: £645

Next trip: 15th August

Duration: 4 night(s)

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Location: North West Highlands

Comfort: Basic

Difficulty: 1

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  • 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.

Customer Kudos

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Once completed the review is published on our website just as soon as our database updates. The little touches and details are important to us and where issues are raised we make positive changes to our trips to improve your experience.

That's why we read each of our client's reviews and although we don't respond to all of them, if it's glowing feedback then we get the satisfaction of helping to make your holidays truly memorable.

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by Andrew Johnson 01/08/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

4Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

4The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
It was clear, responsive and very helpful.
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
The bunkhouse was nice enough for what it was. The pre-trip details ensured I was clear about what it would be like.
Your Guide
They were terrific. With some challenging clients I still enjoyed the trip. My skill level was on the upper end of th group so I didn't learn is much but they were still keen to teach me which was terrific.
The Bottom Line
Great trip, a new @holiday experience but one I would definitely consider again in the future.

by Juliane Luchte 25/07/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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Trip Comments
Our guides were great and we had a really good group dynamic.
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
The Bottom Line

by Alasdair Thomson 19/07/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Helpful and informed at appropriate times
Trip Comments
Overall a fantastic experience. Overall other group members all were committed to make the holiday great, further enhance by the guides.
Accommodation and Food
Accommodation, was what I expected. However the lack of working showers on the first day were not ideal. It was sorted in due course and group members had to shower elsewhere. There were some items in the kitchen that could do being repaired or replace. Cooker switches and for holding the oven shelves up.
Your Guide
Informative of not only Kayaking but the area in general. They supported the needs of the different levels of Kayakers. Always upbeat. Would be happy for them to guide on a future trip."Awesome"
The Bottom Line
This is an Awesome trip in an Awesome part of Scotland with Awesome scenery and Wildlife. No previous experience required. Book now for 2016!!!!

by Jacqueline Ghigi 19/07/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

3Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
plenty of information to access beforehand to enable us to plan our trip
Trip Comments
At 60+ we both felt that the trip challenged us whilst giving us the confidence to push ourselves
Accommodation and Food
We stayed in a bunk house so expectations weren't high, however it was clean and tidy. There were a few problems with the showers which were needed after a day spent kayaking
Your Guide
Jeremy, our guide, provided just the right level of help and helped us overcome our apprehension about trying a new sport.
The Bottom Line
Well we are now considering buying our own kayak and I know that we will be trying kayaking again. It's a great way to see the coastline and from an environmental point of view it can't be too damaging. The group we kayaked with were a great group of people and the whole experience has been wonderful.

by Andrew Thomas-Bosel 19/07/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
The remote and stunning locations but close enough to some great restaurants. Discovering we had a great group of like minded people sharing the time together. Being allocated 2 of the best instructors who's enthusiasm, fun and expert tuition and advice was superb.
Accommodation and Food
Initially the hot showers were in need of repair that meant no hot showers on the first day. Our instructors determination to ensure the issue was resolved one way or another saw them repaired the following day. The food provisions were incredible. Absolutely no shortage here and just the best quality. Full marks. On the final day after a half day kayaking, having left the accommodation behind ready for the next group, meant that no provision was available to get freshened up and changed ready for the onward journey home and so a little ingenuity had to be had to accommodate this. Again, for me it simply added a little fun and spice to the trip but for some may have been less comfortable with that.
Your Guide
Our 2 guides Jeremy and Hannah were absolutely superb. Nothing was too much for them. Their local knowledge, skills and level of instruction was spot on. They had every patience in the world delivered with great encouragement and humour..They couldn't have worked harder to ensure we all had the best experience possible.
The Bottom Line
My only gripe with this trip is that it was over too soon. I was in my element in the remote locations and trying out new skills led by our superb guides Jeremy and Hannah. We gelled fantastically as a group of strangers, all enjoying the experience of the remote location, making new friends and learning to kayak on the sea. One of the best times of my life.

TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE:
Thank you for your awesome comments, delighted that you had such an epic experience. We hope we can welcome you back to the Highlands soon.

by Kitty Mehta 18/07/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Amazing and quick helpful response and follow up.
Trip Comments
Jermey and Hannah were amazing instructors very knowledgeble overall. Food was amazing and they took good care of all our needs. The experience was more than I expected.
Accommodation and Food
I am vegan and my food was well taken care off .
Your Guide
Jermey and Hannah were amazing . Very good instructors had a lot of info about the area . Very encouraging and patient i would definitely want then when i come back.
The Bottom Line
Amazing experience will get more than you ever thought. Unforgettable

by Michelle Sadecki 18/07/2015

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
It would be better if we could pay online as I needed to call Scotland from Canada in order to pay the balance.
Trip Comments
Just as the brochure said our guide was at the train station waiting to transport us to the camp.
Accommodation and Food
We had some shower problems by Jeremy drove us to the community showers and waited for us so it was only a small inconvenience
Your Guide
Both Jeremy and Hanna were excellent and I would recommend them for any kayaking trip. They were very knowledgable and made my trip better than expected.
The Bottom Line
I would recommend Wilderness Scotland for a kayaking trip to anyone. I learnt a lot about kayaking and it has encouraged me to prepare for the intermediate course .

by John Clarke 18/07/2015

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
The dossier we were sent was detailed and informative and Kirsty was very helpful with my travel enquiries.
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
Both Jeremy and Hannah were absolutely professional in their approach to the week. Their obvious skill sets made everyone push that bit more to learn all they could. They were very approachable and had a great balance between group discussons and briefings and individual one to one chats on the water to enable us to enhace our basic skills.
They were a great link in ensuring everyone bonded quickly into a cohesive team. I did have a habit of trying to bugger off for a little exploring but Jeremy and Hannah soon chased me down and brought me back to the fold!
On our first evening we had no showers to wash, Jeremy didnt get out of his wet gear until he had chased down an alternative for us which took about four hours, Hannah meanwhile kept us fed.

They were open, friendly, funny, caring, profesional and extremely hard working with a smile always on their faces.
The Bottom Line
Thoroughly recommend this course. The staff from Wilderness Scotland were always on hand in the planning and execution of my trip. A great experience in the beautiful Scottish Highlands with new skills to put to the test.

TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE:
Thank you for your comments, we hope to welcome you back to the Highlands soon.

by Morag Donaldson 13/07/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Excellent detailed information on what the course entailed and what to bring
Trip Comments
Really enjoyed the really pleasant atmosphere created by the two guides Ally and Malcom who gave easy to follow instructions in such a pleasant manner and who planned each day to allow us to develope in skills and confidence.
Accommodation and Food
The accommodation was much better than I had anticipated, in a lovely wooden panelled bunkhouse with more than adequate facilities. The food was great and there was such a choice we all ate too much.Wilderness Scotland really did us proud!!
Your Guide
Both Ally and Malcom were really excellent in every way. Their cooking was great, their instruction was clear and always patient and cheery and their local knowledge of the flora and fauna was outstanding. Well done to Ally who got us sights of birds, seals and otters every day.
The Bottom Line
A truly wonderfull trip. Will recommend Wilderness Scotland to all my friends.

by Edile Murdoch 05/07/2015

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Friendly staff who responded to questions promptly
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
The food was very good. There was too much for the trip! Lunches were lovely. Very good breakfasts. The evening meals were really great.
Your Guide
Ali and Malcolm were excellent guides. They were very friendly and looked after us extremely well at all times. They spent a lot of time choosing the trips and telling us about all the surrounding wildlife. They taught us well and supported us extremely well fed/during the trips. Very professional, polite and kept us safe.
The Bottom Line
A unique way of experiencing the coastline and its fauna and flora whilst learning to kayak the lochs and sea. One of my top life experiences

TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE:
Thank you for your wonderful comments, we are delighted it was a great experience for you.

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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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96 people viewed this trip in the last week

Trip Date
Price
Availability
Trip Status
 
15th Aug - 19th Aug 2015
£645
Trip Full
22nd Aug - 26th Aug 2015
£645
Trip Full
19th Sep - 23rd Sep 2015
£645
3 place(s) left
26th Sep - 30th Sep 2015
£645
Places available
16th Apr - 20th Apr 2016
£645
Places available
23rd Apr - 27th Apr 2016
£645
Places available
30th Apr - 4th May 2016
£645
Places available
7th May - 11th May 2016
£645
Places available
14th May - 18th May 2016
£645
Places available
4th Jun - 8th Jun 2016
£645
Places available
11th Jun - 15th Jun 2016
£645
Places available
9th Jul - 13th Jul 2016
£645
Places available
16th Jul - 20th Jul 2016
£645
Places available
23rd Jul - 27th Jul 2016
£645
Places available
20th Aug - 24th Aug 2016
£645
Places available
27th Aug - 31st Aug 2016
£645
Places available
24th Sep - 28th Sep 2016
£645
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Customer Kudos
Great trip, a new @holiday experience but one I would definitely consider again in the future.

Andrew Johnson
01/08/2015

4

Juliane Luchte
25/07/2015

5

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