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Sea Kayaking – Outer Hebrides Wild Coasts

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Price from: £795

Next trip: 25th July

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.

Customer Kudos

Every client receives a feedback survey when they return from their guided, self guided or tailor made holiday with us.

Once completed the review is published on our website just as soon as our database updates. The little touches and details are important to us and where issues are raised we make positive changes to our trips to improve your experience.

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.

5 star 13

4 star 1

3 star 1

2 star 0

1 star 0

by Ingrid van der Zande 18/06/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
Paddling in the Outer Hebrides was an amazing experience – challenging at times (in a good way). Amazing scenery – the white sand beaches, the surf, swells and the stark landscape.
Accommodation and Food
Howard is a great chef!
Your Guide
The guides did a wonderful job of working around the sea/weather conditions so we experienced everything from more challenging to easier paddles.
The Bottom Line
A unique and wonderful trip.

by Jim Flanagan 17/06/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Gave all the information needed. Contacted us in a timely manner
Trip Comments
Howard's porridge!

Padding was suited to our skill level, and Howard and Erin found great paddles for the conditions. A little historical tourism mixed in for good measure.

Loved the way we were able to take advantage of local seafood for camp meals.
Accommodation and Food
Tent had a broken pole (quickly repaired) but was otherwise bomb proof. Hired sleeping pads seemed like they had been stored compressed. Slow to fill. Comfortable after first night.

Food was decent and supplemented with local seafood.

Stoat bars rule.
Your Guide
By the end of the trip every paddler knew how to use their skeg!

Howard and Erin found great paddles for the conditions and varied skill levels of the paddlers in the group.

Howard's love of the area was infectious. For paddling and for the historical interest.
The Bottom Line
We had a great time, and paddled in conditions that we would have talked ourselves out of without a guide we could trust, which will allow us to expand our horizons in our own waters back home.

by Dominic Batten 14/06/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

4Trip Comments

3Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Quick responses to queries
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
The tents are good. Eating meals huddled around the back of a van in a cold wind isn't much fun and a more powerful cooker is needed. The best bits (scallops, mussels and black pudding) were the results of the guide's enthusiasm. Cook-In sauces are always a bit of a nasty shortcut.
Your Guide
I always felt safe when on the water.
The Bottom Line
Five degrees warmer and this would have been a great trip. Despite the cold and wind I enjoyed it.

by Timothy Gardner 14/06/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
The Bottom Line

by Matthew Dunn 07/09/2014

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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
Cooking was very good, particularly the lengths Howard and Ali went to in giving us fresh sea food which was beautifully cooked and tasted delicious. It would have been nice to have had fresh meat stored in a cool box and perhaps a BBQ
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

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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
I knew what to expect but more meat if I'm to be picky, I was craving it by day 3. But no complaints with Howard’s cooking, it was all were very tasty!
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

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
The Bottom Line

by Georgina Richards 22/06/2014

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

3The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
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.
The Bottom Line

by Mike Saunders 15/06/2014

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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
Amazing what the guides knocked up within the limitations of a tent. Plenty of it.
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

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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
Overall, very good food and the guides looked after us extremely well. Possible downside was that it turned out to be a vegetarian trip with not a bacon sandwich in sight.. when I did manage to buy some bacon it then turned out that a frying pan was not included in camp kit! Please please put a frying pan in..
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.

Prices and Departures

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Trip Date
Price
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25th Jul - 30th Jul 2015
£795
Trip Full

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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25th Jul - 30th Jul 2015
£795
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A unique and wonderful trip.

Ingrid van der Zande
18/06/2015

5

We had a great time, and paddled in conditions that we would have talked ourselves out of without a guide we could trust, which will allow us to expand our horizons in our own waters back home.

Jim Flanagan
17/06/2015

5

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