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Sea Kayaking – Introduction Course

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Price from: £595

Next trip: 27th September

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.

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by Paul Jackson 07/09/2014

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by Jonathon Brookfield 07/09/2014

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Your Guide
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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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.

by Wendy Alder 30/08/2014

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Staff very friendly helpful
Trip Comments
Good trip well organised
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Staff very friendly helpful
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We were made to feel at ease straight away, given lots of advise and encouragement
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by David Millar 30/08/2014

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WS service and information was very good. E-mail communication with links was comprehensive and allowed enough time for pre-planning essentials needed for the trip.
Trip Comments
Spectacular views of the magnificent Torridon area & night sky. Blessed by consistently good weather. It was a great experience, every day had its plus points, overall team effort i.e.building Stuart's folding Kayak in the lodge after the Burns night Haggis Supper was a blast. Good company combined with Dave' leadership and Sue's more laid back approach,great combination.
Accommodation and Food
WS service and information was very good. E-mail communication with links was comprehensive and allowed enough time for pre-planning essentials needed for the trip.
Your Guide
Dave & Sue were excellent guides, their coaching skills either 'one to one' or team sessions was the prerequisite to a safe and very enjoyable kayaking holiday experience.
The Bottom Line
Overall experience was great, don't miss this chance to experience one of the most beautiful spectacular regions of Scotland. Combined with a self filling personal promise to try out sea kayaking.

by Pauline Hamilton 30/08/2014

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by Hugh Spiers 30/08/2014

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I would have preferred the list of essential equipment in one list, instead of asterisks beside these items, which weren't very obvious.

TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE:
Thank you for this feedback Hugh, it has been passed to our ops department.
Trip Comments
Enjoyed the variety of kayaking outings. Trip felt longer because we did and saw so much.
Accommodation and Food
I would have preferred the list of essential equipment in one list, instead of asterisks beside these items, which weren't very obvious.

TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE:
Thank you for this feedback Hugh, it has been passed to our ops department.
Your Guide
Obviously very experienced guides who loved the area and we're very knowledgeable. Also very patient.
The Bottom Line
It was better than I expected and I look forward to booking another kayak trip.

by Jacqui Dunbar 25/08/2014

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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.

Prices and Departures

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27th Sep - 1st Oct 2014
£595
2 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
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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
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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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Prices and Departures

Trip Date
Price
Availability
Trip Status
 
27th Sep - 1st Oct 2014
£595
2 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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Paul Jackson
07/09/2014

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Jonathon Brookfield
07/09/2014

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