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Sea Kayaking – Introduction Course

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Price from: £645

Next trip: 19th September

Duration: 4 night(s)

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Location: North West Highlands

Comfort: Basic

Difficulty: 1

116 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.

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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 Ruth Zadoks 22/08/2015

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
We liked the information that was available on-line on the courses, the level of experience and fitness needed, and on the guides. The only thing that could have been better was the payment system, which was not easy to access for payment of the balance. We heard from other participants on our course that they also had difficulties with the processing of their payment. That said, whenever we sent an e-mail to ask for clarification, we always received a prompt and friendly reply.
Trip Comments
Our guides were fantastic. Very friendly, calm, respectful, kind, experienced, patient and professional. They took excellent care of all of us, catering to individual needs in food, drink and kayaking as needed. They made this a wonderful kayaking experience as well as a true holiday, with good meals, whether in the bunkhouse, during the kayaking trips, or on the road. The gear and facilities were good too, as was the weather and the group, but it was really Dave and Sue Watson that made our holiday.
Accommodation and Food
It was very nice to wake up every morning to a breakfast table that had been set by our guides/hosts, and to get coffee, tea and biscuits whilst paddling. Evening meals were a combination of eating in and eating out, with excellent restaurants selected by our guides. For a bunkhouse, the accommodation was luxurious, with good heating and drying facilities - a real bonus when you are on the water most of the day!
Your Guide
Very professional - see comments made previously. They were fun to be with and made use feel safe on the water and on the road - no small feed when negotiating Highland roads with a trailer load of kayaks! Next year, we hope to come on another trip and we will specifically look for a trip guided by Dave and Sue.
The Bottom Line
My partner had no kayaking experience and I hoped this Wilderness Scotland trip would convince her of the joys of being on the water. Thanks in large part to our guides, Dave and Sue, the trip worked a charm!

by Caroline Grinsted 22/08/2015

4Pre-Trip Service

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We had a great holiday, and were lucky to have fantastic weather. The guides were friendly, calm, clear and professional. They made me feel relaxed on the water and ensured that everyone had a good time.

by Tim Grinsted 22/08/2015

4Pre-Trip Service

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5Your Guide

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The Bottom Line
We had an excellent holiday, learnt new skills, and now have the confidence to go on further kayaking trips.

by Kenneth May 06/08/2015

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Pre-Trip Service
Website
Easy booking and payment. Also, the details available on your website were complete enough to get an idea of the type of activity, climate, difficulty and effort level. This helped judge whether my partner who was a beginner and 50 year old of 'normal fitness' would be able to do the activity (sea kayaking) safely. The links to you tube videos gave me an idea that I should expect rain at some point but still showed the kayaking as an interesting activity.
The quick email confirmations and information packs were very useful in terms of giving us a complementary record of the trip details and the equipment list was both essential (thanks) and very very useful (we used almost everything on the list from wellies to quick dry layers - things we'd not have though of, thanks).
Personal approach
Your staff were always responsive and helpful and I always knew who I could contact for any queries. Thanks as I was anxious sometimes about a few details and your team provided me with needed information and reassurance.
Trip Comments
Highlights include - our great guides, the variety of lochs encountered and mountain scenery passed. Stunning, stunning, stunning scenery all round. Pristine landscapes. Friendly locals. The culinary delights of local eateries, especially the local sea food. The ambience of the group we had. The challenge of fighting through the spray and waves against the wind. Survival (I capsized but survived and hauled myself back on the boat - keenly encouraged by our guide Zoe, thanks Zoe!). Thx.
Accommodation and Food
I'm mostly veg but also eat fish and the food was overall fine. It's difficult to cater to a group of people and I think the grocery order worked out fine for the breakfast, lunch packs and the last meal. At first, I was concerned the eating out in the evening would be expensive and not worth it - I usually cook at home -BUT the eateries chosen were varied and of a good quality, with some memorable pleasant surprises (smoked salmon sourced locally from a few doors down and a lovely restaurant run by a delightful Dutch chef). Thx again to our guides.
Your Guide
We were on a guided trip.
Amazing guides. Thanks, we'll miss them!
How to start??? Well, firstly the guides (Zoe and Malcolm) were fantastic, really. We were a disparate group (different levels, attitudes and cultures) but your guides adapted fantastically well and ensured everyone participated, had fun and developed their confidence and skill in sea kayaking. They did this while ensuring that we were all safe despite ourselves :). My partner, who accompanied me on the trip, had only basic English and was a little older than the rest of us and not familiar with this type of holiday, but Zoe and Malcolm always ensured he received individual attention to ensure he could learn the techniques, participate and keep safe. While some amount of individual attention would be expected, I was delighted at the professionalism of our two guides in supporting in an extra way. With Zoe leading but also Malcolm helping in a similar fashion, the guides really went that extra mile, which really made a difference to us. For me, I could worry less and enjoy myself as much as possible.
Zoe and Malcolm, our guides, were clearly experts in the field. They got on well and seemed to complement each other well. This also encouraged the rest of us to get on. The mix of firmness and seriousness (e.g. departing and returning from locations and with safety) vs flexibility and lightheartedness was perfect. Our guides were knowledgeable and skilled at selecting suitable locations for our sea kayaking despite the unpredictable weather so that we always had a suitable location to go to. The locations selected were varied but always beautiful and provided the right challenge.
Thanks, Zoe for all your efforts and patience with us, and for getting me to haul myself back into the kayak! Thanks, Malcolm for the great warm welcome as I arrived worried I was late for the start of the trip!!!
The Bottom Line
It's a fantastic experience. The company's approach is extremely professional. I've done a trip before with a company called 'Explore' and while the guide was good and the trip a success, the organisation was pretty faceless while Wilderness Scotland is responsive - they provided me with much needed supplementary information when I needed it. The guides are professional, very personable and helpful - you feel comfortable from the off and in very good hands. The trip had a great balance of comfort, effort, challenge, learning of a new skills, excitement and time to relax and unwind. The scenery is beautiful, I managed to forget work completely and immerse myself in the experience. The varied weather and locations chosen each day makes the kayaking more interesting. It's enjoyable to get to know the others in the group and I found it nice working together to get the kayaks into the water and out back from the beach at the end of the day. Thx WS!

TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE:
Thank you of your detailed comments, it sounds like you had an amazing experience. All comments are read by all of team so thank you for spending the time to feedback. We look forward to welcoming you back to The Highlands soon.

by Omar Aly 06/08/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
It was perfect. We had all the information we needed and the personal and friendly approach of your staff was great, thanks.
Trip Comments
I've never done anything like sea kayaking or a trip like this and so I did't know what to expect. The guides were great, helping me understand what to do and encouraging me to cush myself. The scenery was superb and I was amazed at how enjoyable it was to be kayaking in the rain as much as in the sun (where I live no one goes if it rains!) I loved getting to know the others on the trip and the camaraderie.
Accommodation and Food
I'd not bunk bedded since military service but the main base was clean, warm and had all we needed. The food was fine, although it would have been good to have had some halal meat/chicken available.
Your Guide
The guides were great. I felt comfortable with them and safe out on the kayak. They did push me but that was good so that I could learn the techniques a bit and then challenge myself - sometimes I want an easy life :). Thx Zoe for your patience and for all the sign language and demonstrations to get me to understand how to sit in the boat and paddle more effectively. I think Zoe and Malcolm ended up teaching me some English through all the instructions about kayaking (I hope they learnt some Arabic :))
The Bottom Line
Very friendly people. It was like one great family where we all got on well and helped each other. I discovered it's possible to enjoy kayaking in the rain as much as under the sun and discovered I could push myself to do a new thing. I loved the different scenery and getting out and about to the different locations.

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
The van is very comfortable and the team were always clear about journey times.
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 as 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
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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

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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.

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£645
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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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118 people viewed this trip in the last week

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Availability
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19th Sep - 23rd Sep 2015
£645
Trip Full
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
My partner had no kayaking experience and I hoped this Wilderness Scotland trip would convince her of the joys of being on the water. Thanks in large part to our guides, Dave and Sue, the trip worked a charm!

Ruth Zadoks
22/08/2015

5

We had a great holiday, and were lucky to have fantastic weather. The guides were friendly, calm, clear and professional. They made me feel relaxed on the water and ensured that everyone had a good time.

Caroline Grinsted
22/08/2015

5

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