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Sea Kayaking – Introduction Course

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Price from: £645

Next trip: 18th April

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?

Mark Cox

18th Apr - 22nd Apr 2015

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Mark Cox

25th Apr - 29th Apr 2015

Mark Cox
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Luke Partridge

9th May - 13th May 2015

Luke Partridge
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Zoe Newsam

6th Jun - 10th Jun 2015

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

13th Jun - 17th Jun 2015

Erin Bastian
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Ali McGee

20th Jun - 24th Jun 2015

Ali McGhee
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11th Jul - 15th Jul 2015

Jeremy Martin
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 […]
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18th Jul - 22nd Jul 2015

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Dave Watson

15th Aug - 19th Aug 2015

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Mark Cox

19th Sep - 23rd Sep 2015

Mark Cox
Mark really likes nature on his doorstep, with 5000 rockhopper penguins he's cracked it...

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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by Dave Moore 20/10/2014

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I appreciated the fact that it was sent out in very good time before the actual trip itself.
Trip Comments
Enjoyed every minute of it!
Accommodation and Food
I appreciated the fact that it was sent out in very good time before the actual trip itself.
Your Guide
I found the guides to be friendly, welcoming and helpful throughout the course. They also put in long hours. They were also always available to answers queries, questions or go over things shown during the course.
The Bottom Line
Fantastic and one of the best holidays I've had in years!

I'll definitely be looking at the other trips / activities on offer from Wilderness Scotland.

by Andrea Crispin 12/10/2014

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Always there for advise & quieries
Trip Comments
Excellent guides/tuition/food/scenery
low point one rainy day .....
Accommodation and Food
Always there for advise & quieries
Your Guide
Couldn't have been in better hands
thanks again to Simon & Ali
The Bottom Line
Will definitely recommend Wilderness Scotland

by Andy Rockall 05/10/2014

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Mostly excellent but couple of weaker points, one of which was kit. Good to replace spray decks every year but by this trip they leaked and we all got wet. Surely people on every trip have equal 'right' to be dry? Not just people who happen to sign up when kit is new.

TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE:
I'm sorry you found the spraydecks did not keep you as dry as you would have liked, we endeavour to provide high quality gear on all of our trips, sea kayaking or otherwise, at all times throughout the season. Although no one else has mentioned this in their feedback so far we'll be sure to look into this. Naturally, the water repelling efficiency of certain products does deteriorate over time but our operations team and store manager have been advised and will carry out the relevant tests on this equipment to ensure future clients do not suffer the same leaks.
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
Technical knowledge and ability to communicate it brilliant for both Simon and Ali.
The Bottom Line
Learnt a lot about kayaking which was my hope. Trip somewhat spoilt by accommodation, which besides short beds was also very cramped and leaky kit.

TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE:
We're glad you learned a lot about sea kayaking. Accommodation options are limited in the Torridon area which is a great location for this trip due to the variety of paddling options available. We choose to use the bunkhouse to try and provide the feel of a sea kayaking expedition but with some of the comfort that fixed accommodation offers over camping. Thanks for letting us know about the leaky spraydeck, we'll test these and waterproof or replace them as required. We do hope these two elements of your trip did not detract too greatly from your overall enjoyment of paddling in this stunning location.

by Steve Sim 04/10/2014

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by Eric McLeod 04/10/2014

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I had done some slalom canoeing many moons ago.The staff were very helpful and reassuring when I contacted them regarding the standard of canoeing required for this trip.I also have a slight disability in a knee and was assured I would be able to get back into my kayak should I fall out.I did and I could!
Trip Comments
The superb guidance from Simon and Ali were definate highs.The weather,scenery and wildlife were amazing.Scotland did us proud.All the travelling from being picked up at the station to being returned there went smoothly.
Accommodation and Food
I had done some slalom canoeing many moons ago.The staff were very helpful and reassuring when I contacted them regarding the standard of canoeing required for this trip.I also have a slight disability in a knee and was assured I would be able to get back into my kayak should I fall out.I did and I could!
Your Guide
Ali and Simon were first class.There local knowledge,keeness for us to enjoy the trip and friendly manner were terrific.They pitched the trips perfectly which was no easy task given the inevitable differences in paddling ability between the group.Ali's cooking skills were particularly impressive.
The Bottom Line
If you are thinking of giving a sea kayaking trip a go just do it and go with WS.Their testimonials speak for themselves. It was definately one of the trips of my life and I am already planning on returning next year for a more challenging trip.

by Paul Jackson 07/09/2014

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by Jonathon Brookfield 07/09/2014

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It was a great five days, Dave and Sue were fantastic guides both on and off the water.
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by Rachael Albon 06/09/2014

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Pre-Trip Service
Some information about an approximate budget needed for meals during the stay would have been very helpful for people on a budget.
Trip Comments
The guides were flexible to the needs of the group and the weather. The locations visited were beautiful which was important to me as I was going for more than just kayaking, I wanted to see the West coast.
Accommodation and Food
Some information about an approximate budget needed for meals during the stay would have been very helpful for people on a budget.
Your Guide
The guides were very attentive to the needs of the group and were clearly very safety conscious whilst actively ensuring everyone enjoyed the experience.
The Bottom Line
It was excellent!

The only advice I would offer to a friend is the amount/level of exercise was much less than I anticipated after reading that I should be prepared to be kayaking for 6 hours a day, more of a gentle paddle with many stops.

by Clare Blue 02/09/2014

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Fantastic. Learnt so much, had an amazing time, loved the kayaking and the scenery and location was stunning.
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Your Guide
Guides were very knowledgeable and chose fantastic venues for the kayaking, especially with weather conditions being unfavourable. Felt safe in their care and learnt a lot in the 5 days away. The knowledge of the guides for wildlife, nature and the surrounding environment gave an additional bonus to the trip.
The Bottom Line
I had a fantastic trip experiencing sea kayaking for the first time. The whole experience was fantastic and has certainly made me keen to continue to sea kayak and hopefully join another Wilderness Scotland trip soon. Thank you for this great experience.

by Wendy Cruickshank 31/08/2014

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Pre-Trip Service
No problems with the service and staff were helpful and friendly when I phoned them.
Trip Comments
Enjoyed the different experiences every day. Location is fantastic. Restaurants were all very good and excellent value for money.
Accommodation and Food
No problems with the service and staff were helpful and friendly when I phoned them.
Your Guide
Dave and Sue clearly we're very knowledgeable about the sport and the location. They were both friendly and helpful all the time and helped me get the most out of my trip.
The Bottom Line
First class. Would recommend trip, Wilderness Scotland and Dave and Sue who made me feel safe which was important as a complete kayak novice.

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18th Apr - 22nd Apr 2015
£645
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6th Jun - 10th Jun 2015
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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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18th Apr - 22nd Apr 2015
£645
Places available
25th Apr - 29th Apr 2015
£645
5 place(s) left
9th May - 13th May 2015
£645
Places available
6th Jun - 10th Jun 2015
£645
Places available
13th Jun - 17th Jun 2015
£645
Places available
20th Jun - 24th Jun 2015
£645
4 place(s) left
11th Jul - 15th Jul 2015
£645
6 place(s) left
18th Jul - 22nd Jul 2015
£645
Places available
15th Aug - 19th Aug 2015
£645
4 place(s) left
22nd Aug - 26th Aug 2015
£645
Places available
19th Sep - 23rd Sep 2015
£645
Places available
26th Sep - 30th Sep 2015
£645
Places available

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Fantastic and one of the best holidays I've had in years!

I'll definitely be looking at the other trips / activities on offer from Wilderness Scotland.

Dave Moore
20/10/2014

5

Will definitely recommend Wilderness Scotland

Andrea Crispin
12/10/2014

5

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