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Sea Kayaking – Introduction Course

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Price from: £595

Next trip: 16th August

Duration: 4 night(s)

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Location: North West Highlands

Comfort: Basic

Difficulty: 1

66 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.

by Ian Little 27/07/2014

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by Claire Forrest 27/07/2014

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Fantastic weather meant we got to a great range of locations, most on the coast proper and it was an amazing experience to kayak on calm seas with stunning views and a great sense of tranquility.
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
Our guides George and Malcolm looked after us very well and worked really hard. Their wildlife knowledge was impressive and helped us all understand and enjoy what we saw. On our very first session in the kayaks it would have been useful to have a bit more instruction on paddling technique, however, they were very good at helping us deal with problems and improve our skills as the days went on.
The Bottom Line
Wonderful experience, the places we visited and the experience of being on the water in that beautiful landscape was better than I could have hoped for. Lovely friendly group and we made a good team. It's clear these trips rely on the group working together to help with all the loading and unloading of kayaks and equipment, so perhaps there could be a little more emphasis on that in the dossier.

by Ursula Stanton 26/07/2014

4Pre-Trip Service

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Pre-Trip Service
I have put good, but really it was good/excellent. Questions asked by phone answered well, even passed on if the person was not sure. One of the click thru did not work (footwear) but told exactly where to find it on your blog. Not very good at reading on the screen so printed everything out - resulting in quite a lot of duplicate information.
Trip Comments
This trip was amazing. I have not been (sea) kayaking before so the whole experience was a high point, especially the morning we paddled along the coast in and out of the rocks. Seals. Sea Eagle. Low point - still haven't quite got the knack of paddling in a straight line. Perhaps next time.
Accommodation and Food
I have put good, but really it was good/excellent. Questions asked by phone answered well, even passed on if the person was not sure. One of the click thru did not work (footwear) but told exactly where to find it on your blog. Not very good at reading on the screen so printed everything out - resulting in quite a lot of duplicate information.
Your Guide
Malcolm especially spent time trying to teach me to paddle. Thank you
Perhaps we could have had a bit more paddling instructions on the first half day but I think most of the group knew how to do it.
Capsizing instructions v clear. Obviously I had no difficulty imagining how to capsize but getting back into the kayak seemed impossible until very clearly (and repeatedly) explained until we had all done it.
The Bottom Line
We were very lucky with the weather which was glorious . I was a total beginner but Wilderness Scotland gave me a wonderful time paddling in the the Western Isles. Just give it a go, the place and the experience are amazing.

by Gary Dick 25/07/2014

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Everything worked well in the lead up to the trip.
Trip Comments
Loved the times when we discovered sealife and wildlife, thats the kind of holiday I'd like to do again.
Accommodation and Food
Everything worked well in the lead up to the trip.
Your Guide
The guides were great and always really helpful and informative.They worked really hard to make sure everything went smoothly from the activities right through to the food! They made me feel safe and confident on the water.Great company.
The Bottom Line
I enjoyed the holiday immensely and feel confident to do more kayaking in future.
Would highly recommend it.The trip was extremely well organised from start to finish.

by Graeme Hall 22/07/2014

5Pre-Trip Service

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Super guy - gave everybody a lot of confidence.
The Bottom Line
A really well organised and conducted trip.

by Isobel Tennant 19/07/2014

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Had all the information I needed so nothing to add.
Trip Comments
High points every day, getting in the kayak and paddling to the most beautiful places. Loved every minute of the trip.
Accommodation and Food
Had all the information I needed so nothing to add.
Your Guide
Perfect mix of challenge and support for me. Felt I learned lots and gained a lot of confidence in the water. Found it hard to get out of the kayak for the last time on the trip.
The Bottom Line
A wonderful experience all round. The food was great, everyone mucked in with organising & loading stuff onto the trailer for trips. Everything had been thought through so we were where we needed to be with the right equipment. Time went so quickly yet it was totally relaxed on the water. Would definitely recommend this trip and hope to sign up for another kayaking holiday with Wilderness Scotland.

by Bronwyn Cramond 28/06/2014

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Realising that I could actually kakyak!
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Your Guide
Erin and Patrick were great! They were very kind and considerate. Maybe a little more instruction about paddling technique could have been helpful.
The Bottom Line
I did enjoy it and was so glad I got through to the end! I so very well looked after and really appreciated Erin giving me the lighter paddles to be able to manage.

by Melanie Graham 27/06/2014

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I did the Intro kayaking June 14-18 and booked last minute and got a place due to a cancellation. The woman I dealt with was super helpful.
Trip Comments
It was fantastic. The high point was the variety of scenery we saw due to the lochs our guides chose. We got a really good overview. We were also very lucky with good weather, calm seas, and no midgies!
The low point was that it ended,I would have loved another day.
Accommodation and Food
I did the Intro kayaking June 14-18 and booked last minute and got a place due to a cancellation. The woman I dealt with was super helpful.
Your Guide
Very capable and hard working. They worked well as a team.

I liked that our guide provided some info about the area (eg geology, marine life etc).

Initially I had hoped we'd have a local guide, but in the end it didn't matter.
The Bottom Line
I would not hesitate to recommend your trips or to book another.
It all went very smoothly. I learnt to kayak, enjoyed myself, everything was well organised and I was lucky to have a nice friendly group.

I have done many organised trips (mostly self-guided, active) over the years in various places Wilderness Scotland have been the best so far.

by Mark Brophy 22/06/2014

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More information on how to use the skeg would have been really helpful. I think I spent most of the second day fighting to keep the boat straight without realising I needed to trim the skeg. A quick 5 minute explanation at the end of the first day would have made all the difference. I'm sure it quickly gets technical, but that's fine.

This link for example is easy to understand.
http://kayak-skills.kayaklakemead.com/skeg.html
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by Lucy Mulvagh 22/06/2014

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Pre-Trip Service
I found the level of information on what sort of equipment/clothing etc that I might need extremely useful. The level of contact by email was just right - not too much or too little. I was also extremely happy with the help I received when I made a call to your offices to check something out.
Trip Comments
The trip was very well organised from our meeting at Inverness railway station right up to being dropped off there again 5 days later. My one concern was the level of physical effort required on one of the days to extricate the kayaks from the sea as the tide had gone out - 4 of us had to haul the kayaks out by rope and up an extremely high vertical drop (the side of the slipway). One of our party was an older woman with physical problems and she was quite upset about the experience.
Accommodation and Food
I found the level of information on what sort of equipment/clothing etc that I might need extremely useful. The level of contact by email was just right - not too much or too little. I was also extremely happy with the help I received when I made a call to your offices to check something out.
Your Guide
Erin and Patrick were excellent guides and obviously extremely knowledgeable about kayaking. Patrick, in particular, proved to be an extremely good 'host'. I think because she was so much younger than most of the group, Erin sometimes seemed a bit bored and distracted by our 'chat'. I would have liked more instruction on kayaking itself, however. Erin explained that if the weather was worse (we were blessed with exceptionally good weather) then there would have been more instruction, but I still think it would have been useful to find out more about the sport itself - I'm not sure I would be confident enough to embark on the next level of trip without further instruction. Also, because of the hot weather there were a couple of days when we didn't realise that we could pull in to take off our cags and warmer clothes - it was only really on the last full days' kayaking that Erin explained we could do this as well as her.
The Bottom Line
I would thoroughly recommend the green level kayaking course with Wilderness Scotland to anyone who enjoys a combination of excellent sport and stunning scenery. I would also seriously consider taking another trip with Wilderness Scotland.

Prices and Departures

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16th Aug - 20th Aug 2014
£595
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23rd Aug - 27th Aug 2014
£595
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20th Sep - 24th Sep 2014
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27th Sep - 1st Oct 2014
£595
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18th Apr - 22nd Apr 2015
£595
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25th Apr - 29th Apr 2015
£595
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9th May - 13th May 2015
£595
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6th Jun - 10th Jun 2015
£595
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13th Jun - 17th Jun 2015
£595
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20th Jun - 24th Jun 2015
£595
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11th Jul - 15th Jul 2015
£595
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18th Jul - 22nd Jul 2015
£595
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15th Aug - 19th Aug 2015
£595
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22nd Aug - 26th Aug 2015
£595
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19th Sep - 23rd Sep 2015
£595
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26th Sep - 30th Sep 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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Prices and Departures

Trip Date
Price
Availability
Trip Status
 
16th Aug - 20th Aug 2014
£595
2 place(s) left
23rd Aug - 27th Aug 2014
£595
1 place(s) left
20th Sep - 24th Sep 2014
£595
Places available
27th Sep - 1st Oct 2014
£595
5 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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Ian Little
27/07/2014

5

Wonderful experience, the places we visited and the experience of being on the water in that beautiful landscape was better than I could have hoped for. Lovely friendly group and we made a good team. It's clear these trips rely on the group working together to help with all the loading and unloading of kayaks and equipment, so perhaps there could be a little more emphasis on that in the dossier.

Claire Forrest
27/07/2014

5

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