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Sea Kayaking – Outer Hebrides Wild Coasts

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Price from: £795

Next trip: 6th June

Duration: 5 night(s)

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Location: Outer Hebrides and St Kilda

Comfort: Wilderness Camping

Difficulty: 7

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  • Sea kayak on pristine azure waters gazing at the spectacular coast line of Harris
  • Venture along remote coastlines and explore uninhabited islands on this sea kayaking holiday in the Hebrides
  • Enjoy the comfort and convenience of base camp sea kayaking – leaving us with more time to sea kayak

Red Graded Sea Kayaking Holidays 7-9

Our Red grade sea kayaking trips are designed for experienced paddlers with a good level of fitness. You can expect around 6 hours of paddling each day, traveling over 15km.

Some days may include longer crossings with limited shelter and therefore fewer breaks ashore. This means you should be comfortable paddling in Force 4 conditions, even in open crossings. Some of these trips are multi-day expeditions away from civilisation with no facilities for several nights. So you should also have some wild camping experience (away from facilities such as toilets and showers).

Before joining this trip, the questions you should be asking yourself are:

1. Are you happy paddling 6 hours and 15km each day?
2. Are you comfortable in Force 4 conditions?
3. Do you enjoy wild camping?

This itinerary introduces a new concept to our sea kayaking holidays – base camp sea kayaking! We will be camping but we will generally stay on rustic campsites which have basic facilities such as showers and toilets. The campsites we select are located on the coast, and are peaceful and
undeveloped, often run by community organisations.

By camping several nights in each location, we do not spend time and effort moving camps each day, so can make the most of the wonderful sea kayaking on these islands. If conditions are right, we may head out on an overnight trip at some stage during the trip – flexibility is key.

Meals and Cooking duties!

While the leader will co-ordinate and undertake as much of the cooking as possible on the trip, everyone is expected to help out as this ensures the best meals in the shortest possible time after what are often long days sea kayaking.

You will be met by your Wilderness Scotland Guide area in the centre of Inverness Railway Station on Day 1 of your trip (the exact time will be confirmed when ferry times are released!). Your guide will be waiting there with a kayak paddle in his/her hand so should be instantly recognisable! For full details on how to get to Inverness, please see our website: Travel to Scotland.

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by Matthew Dunn 07/09/2014

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Pre-Trip Service
It would help to receive information about what food and drink items you would recommend to bring to supplement that which you provide. It would have also been nice to know that the food is provided is primarily vegetarian... We had luckily stashed a few peporammis! :0)
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
It would help to receive information about what food and drink items you would recommend to bring to supplement that which you provide. It would have also been nice to know that the food is provided is primarily vegetarian... We had luckily stashed a few peporammis! :0)
Your Guide
Both Howard and Ali were clearly experienced and good at putting us at ease during the choppier waters- not many instances of that as the weather was amazing. They were both nice and fun to talk with and spend the evening with cooking and having a wee dram. They had just the right approach when it came to guiding to allow us to feel like we were all exploring together and that it was out holiday.
The Bottom Line
Exellent

by Vanessa Santillan 01/09/2014

3Pre-Trip Service

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3Accommodation and Food

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Pre-Trip Service
This was not my first Wilderness Scotland trip, so I knew what to expect and it was all pretty straight forward.
Trip Comments
The exceptionally amazing weather (not a cloud in sight!), provided great conditions for kayaking. It gave me the chance to experience the variety of calmer waters and bigger swells. The attempt to kayak through a small wave (while in shallow waters mind you), cave explorations and rock hopping were a highlight. But the abundance in colours of the rocks in the caves, the turquoise water and white sandy beaches. Pure brilliance and what a sight to see!
Accommodation and Food
This was not my first Wilderness Scotland trip, so I knew what to expect and it was all pretty straight forward.
Your Guide
The brilliance of the trip would not have been possible without Howard's experience and knowledge, and applying it to planning the days kayaking routes. And also Ali’s sharp eye for spotting eagles and dolphins. I don’t think we would have seen half of what we saw if not for them. The reason I travel with Wilderness Scotland is to be able to kayak in remote beautiful places (with my limited kayaking experience) and not worry too much about the weather or conditions suddenly changing, and with these two you can really feel safe.
The Bottom Line
Perfect!! Perfect weather. Perfect location. Perfect guides. Perfect kayaking. Sea kayaking trips with Wilderness Scotland just gets better and better and I can’t wait for the next one!!

by Antony Harrison 26/06/2014

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by Georgina Richards 22/06/2014

4Pre-Trip Service

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4Accommodation and Food

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Trip Comments
The only improvement I can suggest would be to bring more boats when unsure whether a client needs a low volume boat or not. For some reason a low volume boat was bought for me and this was definitely too small and made for an uncomfortable week paddling.
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
The guides were fantastic. They went over and beyond to try and support the group. For instance Lucy ran a session teaching clients to roll after a long day paddling. Both guides had the perfect mix of professionalism and friendliness and made all in the group feel comfortable, supported and accommodated. The guides worked very well together in the team and worked every second of the day it seemed to make the trip a success. They were also both very inspiring individuals and helped to inspire others in the group e.g helping to raise paddling skills, spotting wildlife, learning local history.
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by Mike Saunders 15/06/2014

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Pre-Trip Service
Really minor point but could be more specific with car parking near station. If carrying own kit it's not really practical to lug it too far.
Trip Comments
Craig & Lucy were both excellent guides striking just the right balance. Food was very good, teepee works well.
Accommodation and Food
Really minor point but could be more specific with car parking near station. If carrying own kit it's not really practical to lug it too far.
Your Guide
Both Craig and Lucy were excellent as guides, very knowledgable and patient and fun to spend time with. Both were also annoyingly fit! :0)
The Bottom Line
A really great experience, as a non camper and relatively new kayaker it was challenging at times but in a good way.

by Julian Horton 15/06/2014

4Pre-Trip Service

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Pre-Trip Service
Very good pre trip comms. The only negative was that despite me sending a specific email about car parking, the reply was not quite detailed enough leading to a fair amount of faffing our mountain of kit some distance to the train station.
Possibly include a small scale map of car parking options in the pre trip pack?
Trip Comments
Highlights were outstanding scenery, awesome kayaking destinations and the overall abilities of the guides, Craig and Lucy.
No real negatives.
Accommodation and Food
Very good pre trip comms. The only negative was that despite me sending a specific email about car parking, the reply was not quite detailed enough leading to a fair amount of faffing our mountain of kit some distance to the train station.
Possibly include a small scale map of car parking options in the pre trip pack?
Your Guide
Competent, capable, cheerful, .. the guides made the trip, Not a bad word to say !
The Bottom Line
Well organised, well run, good value for money.

by Margaret Gibson 15/06/2014

5Pre-Trip Service

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Trip Comments
I love the outer hebridies. I had been to some of the places- eg Huishnish before and it was really special to explore by kayak
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
Craig and Lucy were terrific guides- knowledgable, confident and helpful without being overbearing- more than anything great fun to be with - I would sign up to a trip they were running anytime
The Bottom Line
I have on both occassions I have travelled with Wilderness Scotland been really impressed, Small groups, great very well qualified guides , lots of repeat business- what can I say - the trip was brilliant

by Colleen Cannon 24/06/2013

5Pre-Trip Service

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Trip Comments
Exceptional guides, good food, beautiful adventure. My one "gripe" is with the tents provided - I got very lucky that another woman dropped out of our course, otherwise I'm confident it would have affected my enjoyment of the week (see below)
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
Erin and Jeremy are very, very good at what they do. They're each exceptional and complemented each other very well.
The Bottom Line
Pls note that I would have rated the trip a 5 if not for the equipment issues I mentioned. I am grateful for the wonderful experience overall.

by David Rich 23/06/2013

4Pre-Trip Service

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To get the really cheap sleeper tickets we need to know the meeting time and release time 12 weeks in advance. I realise that you are hostage to the ferry timetable being released.
Trip Comments
Despite being described as base camp sea kayaking, our trip only left the tents in situ for 2 nights in a row, which was the same as the expedition based Summer Isles trip last year. Kayaking with 2 experienced guides and a great cross section of personalities in the wonderful surroundings of the outer Hebrides when the weather is good, is one of lifes truly memorable experiences.
Not a low point because it was all good but with hindsight of the trip and the weather forecast, from a personal perspective I would rather have gone to Harris first and circumnavigated Taransay with the island's wonderful beaches and then gone back up to Lewis for the latter half of the week whent the weather was worse but the number of islands and routes is greater, which can be matched to the conditions. Obviously it is a longer trek down to Harris after a late ferry arrival.
Accommodation and Food
To get the really cheap sleeper tickets we need to know the meeting time and release time 12 weeks in advance. I realise that you are hostage to the ferry timetable being released.
Your Guide
Jeremy and Erin were both knowledgeable and filled with boundless enthusiasm and energy. The routes were tailored to the strengths of the group and the weather conditions, providing just enough challenge while actually being on a holiday.
The Bottom Line
An awesome trip in the stunning Outer Hebrides with great guides and varied and interesting other guests. Cave exploration and rock hopping in abundance in what has to be one of the best sea kayaking areas anywhere in the world. Every rounding of a headland seemed to reveal yet another stunning beach and potential campsite and, for me, my personal highlight was the night of wild camping above a beautiful isolated beach; the perfect preparation for 20 miles of paddling the next day! That is what Wilderness Scotland is all about.

by Birgit Plietzsch 16/06/2013

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6th Jun - 11th Jun 2015
£795
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Trip Details

For the ultimate sea kayaking in Scotland, experienced sea kayakers can join us for a holiday exploring the wild coasts of the Outer Hebrides.

Lewis and Harris boast some of the best sea kayaking in Scotland, if not the world. With crystal clear turquoise waters, incredible wildlife and stunning coastal scenery, this is sea kayaking for the connoisseur.

Experience Required: 7 days recent experience of sea kayaking

You must have at least 7 days of sea kayaking experience before joining this trip, and it is preferable if at least some of this was under instruction. It should be recent experience – ie: within the last couple of years. You should be prepared for the possibility of rough conditions and have experience of kayaking in at least force 4 conditions. You should be confident on the water but the ability to Eskimo roll is not required. This trip runs with a maximum of 7 clients and at least 1 guide to every 4 clients. Please contact us if you have any doubts about your suitability for this trip.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 – Travel from Inverness to the Outer Hebrides

We transfer by vehicle and ferry to the Outer Hebrides and head to our first campsite, most likely in the stunning Loch Roag area of west Lewis. With daylight on the islands lasting almost until midnight in May and June, we’ll enjoy wonderful views of the coastline before settling down for the night to the sound of the surf.

Day 2 – Sea Kayaking in the Outer Hebrides
After assessing the weather and sea conditions, we will head out for a day’s paddling, perhaps exploring the islands of Loch Roag and the west coastline of Great Bernera.

Day 3 – East Loch Roag and Callanish
After a short drive from our campsite, we spend the day sea kayaking in east Loch Roag. A highlight of this day is pulling our kayaks ashore at the Callanish Stone Circle, estimated to be over 5,000 years old.

Day 4 – South to the Isle of Harris
The plan is to move base camp to the Isle of Harris today. We will stop for a paddle along the way – depending on the conditions, this could be in Loch Seaforth or Loch Tarbert, or even somewhere further south on Harris.

Day 5- Sea Kayaking in Harris
From the fissured east coastline to the long, sandy beaches of the west coast and the skerries of the Sound of Harris, the coastline of the Isle of Harris leaves sea kayakers spoiled for choice! Our guide will assess the weather and see conditions before selecting a day trip which will live long in the memory.

Day 6 – Sea Kayaking in the Outer Hebrides
We pack up camp and enjoy a morning paddle before heading back to Stornoway in time to catch the afternoon ferry back to Ullapool. A short transfer takes us back to Inverness, arriving around 6pm.

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Matthew Dunn
07/09/2014

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Perfect!! Perfect weather. Perfect location. Perfect guides. Perfect kayaking. Sea kayaking trips with Wilderness Scotland just gets better and better and I can’t wait for the next one!!

Vanessa Santillan
01/09/2014

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