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Sea Kayaking – Introduction Course

  • 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?

Dave Watson

30th Apr - 4th May 2016

Dave Watson
40 years of paddling make Dave Watson a fountain of knowledge. Get to know him here.
Ali McGee

7th May - 11th May 2016

Ali McGhee
Global wanderer and expert sports coach, Guide Ali McGhee has some great stories to tell.
Howard Jeffs

14th May - 18th May 2016

Howard Jeffs
Howard is a world leading paddle expert and not just a crab magnet. Learn all about him here!
Zoe Newsam

4th Jun - 8th Jun 2016

Zoe Newsam
From drama in the theatre to air traffic control, nothing phases Zoe!
Zoe Newsam

11th Jun - 15th Jun 2016

Zoe Newsam
From drama in the theatre to air traffic control, nothing phases Zoe!
Donald Thomson guide

9th Jul - 13th Jul 2016

Donald Thomson
A hugely experienced paddler, you re in safe hands with Donald!
Ali McGee

16th Jul - 20th Jul 2016

Ali McGhee
Global wanderer and expert sports coach, Guide Ali McGhee has some great stories to tell.
Howard Jeffs

23rd Jul - 27th Jul 2016

Howard Jeffs
Howard is a world leading paddle expert and not just a crab magnet. Learn all about him here!
Duncan Greene

20th Aug - 24th Aug 2016

Duncan Greene
Ex-police officer Duncan Greene offers a surprisingly cheeky guiding experience and will share his love for mountains and sea. Learn more here.
Luke Partridge

27th Aug - 31st Aug 2016

Luke Partridge
Luke comes from a banking background, although we wont hold that against him!
Luke Partridge

10th Sep - 14th Sep 2016

Luke Partridge
Luke comes from a banking background, although we wont hold that against him!
Erin Bastian

17th Sep - 21st Sep 2016

Erin Bastian
A failed fiddler but a fantastic outdoorsperson and paddler. Learn more about Erin here.
Howard Jeffs

24th Sep - 28th Sep 2016

Howard Jeffs
Howard is a world leading paddle expert and not just a crab magnet. Learn all about him here!

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.

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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.

5 star 113

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3 star 1

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1 star 0

by Sharyn Robinson 02/10/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Comprehensive information given before the trip and staff very helpful over the telephone
Trip Comments
Wonderful scenery and some amazing paddling locations
Accommodation and Food
Good variety of food and very good facilities in the bunk house
Your Guide
Mark and Erin (Queen of scrambled& poached eggs) were both very encouraging and enthusiastic.
The Bottom Line
Brilliant experience

by Ian Clayton 28/09/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Fast response to queries, plenty of information on the website re: itinerary, guides, kit list, etc. (the video on Inverness was a nice touch too, even though I eventually drove by car).
Trip Comments
Mark Cox's skills as a guide were exemplary, as were his knowledge of flora, fauna and history. His passion shone and his ability to coach, encourage and get on with anyone was first class. I fail to see how anyone could wish for more!
Erin too was a great coach, company and enthusiastic about the sport. I can't comment as much on her, even though she was a fully qualified coach, as I saw less of her than Mark.
I felt very lucky to have them as a team :-).
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
The Bottom Line
Fabulous trip, the memories will be rippling through my mind for a long time. The guides took us to a wide variety of paddling places.

by Inga Ebert 27/09/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

4Trip Comments

3Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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Trip Comments
Kayaking was what I came to learn - and so I did.
Accommodation and Food
The bunkhouse is not my thing when on holiday - would have preferred a guest house where I didn't have to do the work myself. I have doing dishes when on holiday!
Your Guide
Our 2 guides - Mark and Erin are superb and did their utmost in all ways.
The Bottom Line

by Isabel Draper 27/09/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Very impressed to get prompt e-mail feedback on a bank holiday weekend day -- but didn't expect it, please don't overtask your staff.
Trip Comments
Both tour leaders (Mark cox and Erin) very patient with a beginner on a very long learning curve!
Accommodation and Food
Given that we were in a bunkhouse, I was very impressed with the standard. Excellent that there was plenty of hot water for everyone to get a shower.
Your Guide
The Bottom Line
The guides were very reassuring -- realistically so, I think.
(Can I suggest a trial of capsizing in controlled conditions might be organised for the last day. Unfortunately, because we were going straight from the water back to Inverness, I did not want to travel with damp clothes and kit, and therefore didn't take the opportunity to do this; inadvisable, I suspect.)

by Maxine Nelson 26/09/2015

3Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
I didn't receive the email with invoice and trip information, which went to the wrong email address. It was fixed when I requested the information.
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
Food excellent. Bunkhouse was good for a bunkhouse.
Your Guide
The Bottom Line
A good trip for beginners, with interesting, varied, locations. The guides were patient, clear and enthusiastic and the whole group visibly improved over the trip.

by Polly Dunlop 26/09/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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by Rod Smallwood 26/09/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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Your Guide
Mark and Erin were outstanding. I particularly appreciated Mark's encyclopaedic knowledge of the area's history and natural history, which was a real bonus. Erin's enthusiasm was inspiring.
The Bottom Line
Great experience.

by Caroline Wolton 26/09/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
Erin and Mark were great. They gave us clear guidance, direction and encouragement with humour and a lot of really interesting information about the environment we were paddling in too.
The Bottom Line
Great trip full of healthy outdoor activity and companionship in the fresh highlands air with a backdrop of spectacular scenery.

by Grietje Smit 02/09/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
see comments of my partner R.N.Zadoks
Trip Comments
same before
Accommodation and Food
same before
Your Guide
same before but again they were absolutely great guides and very professional.
The Bottom Line
same as R.N. Zadoks my partner. We did the trip together and already filled in this feedback form.

by Rebecca Ash 01/09/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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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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9th Jul - 13th Jul 2016
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16th Jul - 20th Jul 2016
£695
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23rd Jul - 27th Jul 2016
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20th Aug - 24th Aug 2016
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27th Aug - 31st Aug 2016
£695
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Next trip: 30th April

Duration: 4 night(s)

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Location: North West Highlands

Comfort: Basic

Difficulty: 1

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Brilliant experience

Sharyn Robinson
02/10/2015

5

Fabulous trip, the memories will be rippling through my mind for a long time. The guides took us to a wide variety of paddling places.

Ian Clayton
28/09/2015

5

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