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Sea Kayaking – Scottish Sea Kayak Trail Central – The Jacobite Coast

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Price from: £975

Next trip: 5th September

Duration: 5 night(s)

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Location: West Highlands including Knoydart

Comfort: Classic

Difficulty: 5

33 review(s)
  • The Scottish Sea Kayak Trail has made the National Geographic’s 2011 ’50 Tours of a Lifetime’ and the Outside Magazine’s coveted ‘Travel Hot List for 2011′
  • Sea Kayak through some of the best scenery on the Scottish Sea Kayak Trail and explore the history behind Bonnie Prince Charlie
  • No camping, just comfortable beds, hot showers and excellent local restaurants/pubs!
  • Link this trip with our ‘Scottish Sea Kayak Trail: South – The Whisky Coast’ trip and also the Scottish Sea Kayak Trail North – The Gaelic Coast trip, which run on consecutive dates. Join all three trips for an epic sea kayaking adventure

Blue Graded Sea Kayaking Holidays 4-6

Our Blue grade sea kayaking trips are suitable for people with at least 5 days previous experience, although don’t worry if you have never Eskimo Rolled! You should be confident on the water and it is preferable if at least some of this experience was under instruction, such as on our Introduction to Sea Kayaking in Scotland course.

You should have a good level of fitness as you can expect up to 6 hours of sea kayaking each day, with plenty of breaks onshore to stretch your legs. The kayaking will be in coastal waters with few open crossings and you can expect to kayak up to 12km in a day, although this will be subject to weather and wind conditions.

Again, all of our blue trips are accommodation based, so you can enjoy hot showers and a warm bed throughout the week.

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

1. Do you have more than 5 days paddle experience?
2. Do you have a good level of fitness?
3. Do you love getting out and about in some beautiful wild places?

On this accommodation-based sea kayaking trip, you will stay in two different locations. For the first two nights, we stay at a Highland inn located on the shores of Loch Sunart. Accommodation is in a choice of twin or double rooms.

We then move slightly further north and spend the final 3 nights based in a traditional inn which is located right beside the beach in a sheltered bay in the Sound of Arisaig, south-west of Fort William. The traditional inn has been the hub of the community for years and is a great place to eat, drink and share a joke with the locals. The accommodation is in a choice of double or twin rooms. Best of all, however, is the inn’s shoreline location which means that you can walk out of your door and jump straight into your sea kayak each morning!

Breakfast and packed lunches are provided each day. For evening meals, we visit local bars and restaurants, enjoying the best of local produce.

You will be met by your Wilderness Scotland Guide in the centre of Inverness Train Station at 1030 on Day 1 of your trip. We will also do a pick up from Fort William Train Station at 1230. Please let us know whether you would like to be picked up from Inverness or Fort William Train Stations at the time of booking. 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.

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by Petra Grell 17/08/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
The whole communication and all the additional information (e.g. equipment list, trip dossier) via e-mail was excellent. The links to videos helpful (changed my decision which shoes & waterproof socks to pick for the trip).
Trip Comments
A wonderful experience to kayak with an excellent guide in a small group and to explore the coastline. I enjoyed every minute and loved especially the paddling under different conditions. We encountered seals, watched birds, had picknick at remote beaches, skill training, a relaxed atmosphere ... brilliant!
Accommodation and Food
Packet lunch started very good at the first accommodation and was even better at the second one. Breakfast was excellent at both places. Accommodation at Glenuig was excellent.
Your Guide
No need to say that Ali McGhee is very experienced and high-skilled in sea kayaking. Moreover he is friendly and relaxed, always approachable, an expert eye to spot any form of wildlife around, well-versed in history and landscape, considerate towards everyone. He made the whole trip a wonderful experience for each member of the group, right from the beginning at Inverness train station, throughout all the paddling, organizing and driving till the last minute back to Inverness. Excellent!
The Bottom Line
Excellent! A wonderful trip. I will do it again, next year.

by Peter Roslander 16/08/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Fantastic guides - thank you Zoe, Howard and Ali
Trip Comments
I very much liked the combination of kayaking, paddling skills, history and biology
Accommodation and Food
Excellent, but Loch Melford could prepare more steady and filling lunch packages. The bed and breakfast on the second trip I did (Jacobite trail with Ali) was amazing
Your Guide
As said, excellent - kayaking, paddling skills, history and biology.
The Bottom Line
Excellent- if I could I would take all your kayaking trips.

by Kristin Herrmann 10/08/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

4Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

4Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
Guide was extremely knowledgeable of everything on the trip. His detailed knowledge of the history and the area was superb. Could have used more support launching -help pushing off. He was up 30 minutes late when we were meeting in Inverness..
The Bottom Line
The only negatives were- the hotel suggestions in Inverness. Were way overpriced and not very helpful when trying to get around. Thought they would have a relationship with Wilderness Scotland.

by Stefan Holberg 06/07/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

4The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Fast answers to questions sent by email
Trip Comments
Well organized, and excellent choice of truly scenic kayaking routes
Accommodation and Food
For me, it would still be ok if food/accommodations would have been more simple and cheaper. However, I enjoyed lots of seafood in good restaurants and appreciated that food allergies were considered
Your Guide
Good choice of suitable and scenic kayaking routes
The Bottom Line

by Aileen McRoberts 05/07/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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Trip Comments
Paddling highlights included the paddle around Eilean Shona, and the journey to the Arisaig Skerries. Enjoyed the challenges posed by varying weather conditions and learning techniques to cope (psychologically and physically) with wind and swell. Other highlights included close encounters with wildlife and the great company of the group and guides. Thank you.
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
Luke is clearly passionate about kayaking and is dedicated and professional in his role as guide. He has excellent knowledge of the marine environment and delivers information clearly and in doses that make us keen to learn more. He instils confidence, has very good awareness of his group's abilities, and subsequently manages the itinerary so that everyone can progress and have fun in a safe environment. He is a great asset to Wilderness Scotland.

Sarah provided unbeatable support and good humour. Honest, dependable and full of good chat on the water, her company and presence was hugely appreciated.
The Bottom Line

by Tetyana Borshch 02/06/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Quick responces and friendly support via email.
Trip Comments
kayakinv destinationx were well thought through, experienced guides
Accommodation and Food
Unfortunately my boyfriend and I had to stay in another inn (2. accomodation) as well as one of the guides. It added some inconvinience to the trip as 'our' inn has less facilities and worse location.

TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE:
This does happen from time to time when we have full groups that book up close to the departure. We try to negate any inconvenience by having the guide stay at the same alternative accommodation thus being able to provide transport to/from that accommodation. Clients are also always welcome at the main accommodation for dinner, drinks , etc throughout their stay and take advantage of their facilities. We do try to avoid using multiple accommodation where possible for clients but sometimes due to limited accommodation options, especially in an area like Arisaig we have to do this on occassion.
Your Guide
Very experienced guides, very easy going. Erin found the best places to escape difficult weather conditions.
The Bottom Line
It was a great trip to experience coastal Scotland! Everything was very well organized!

by Jonathan Macfarlane 01/06/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Pre-trip service was very good.
Only because I cannot see anywhere else to put it on the feedback form I would mention here that the XL kayaking kags now look pretty second rate by comparison with the new blue ones which the lady's in our party were provided with. The only other very minor issue was that the stoat bars did not seem to be as plentiful as on previous trips.

TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE:
Many thanks for the feedback on the paddling jackets. We're totally focused on top quality gear for all of our clients so we'll look into this right away.

As for the Stoats Oats bars, we'll make sure more go out for the rest of the season. We promise we've not been secretly munching away in the office (they are very good though)!
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
The B&B above Strontian was very comfortable and welcoming with nice touches like fresh cakes at the end of the day, very substantial packed lunches and the essential mega breakfast.
The Glenuig Inn provided delicious food without the need to travel in the evening and the drying room was a massive bonus.
Your Guide
Erin is a complete star and combined seamlessly with Patrick. They make a great team both being relaxed but super competent and calm.
The Bottom Line
Wilderness Scotland provide great guides and equipment to enable the clients to enjoy adventures in amazing places. All the thinking and planning is done by experts leaving the clients to enjoy an exhilarating and relaxing holiday.

by Helen Gee 01/06/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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by Pierric Laborie 21/09/2014

4Pre-Trip Service

4Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

4The Bottom Line

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by Maggie May 21/09/2014

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
Erin was fun, professional and extremely competent. She is also very strong, helpful and hard working!
The Bottom Line
You always know you are in good hands and safety is paramount. Wilderness Scotland go to great lengths to ensure that you have booked on the right trip and this is beneficial to all participants .

Prices and Departures

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5th Sep - 10th Sep 2015
£975
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21st May - 26th May 2016
£975
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25th Jun - 30th Jun 2016
£975
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6th Aug - 11th Aug 2016
£975
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Trip Details

The Scottish Sea Kayak Trail is Europe’s first long distance sea kayak trail, stretching from Gigha in the south to the wonderful Summer Isles in the north.

The trail was created by sea-kayaking videographer Simon Willis to encourage sea kayakers to explore Scotland’s west coast, and has quickly been recognised as one of the best sea kayaking journeys to be found anywhere in the world.

Our award-winning trip is designed to allow you to experience some of the best parts of the Scottish Sea Kayak Trail over a number of day trips. Rather than camping, accommodation is provided a couple of sea kayaker friendly west coast inns, meaning that you always have somewhere warm and dry to return to after a day on the water.

This trip explores the central part of the Scottish Sea Kayak Trail, introducing you to wonderful areas such as Loch Linnhe, the Sound of Mull, Loch Sunart and the Sound of Arisaig. Each day, we move a little further north, enjoying some of the best sea kayaking to be found along the Scottish Sea Kayak Trail.

The Trail itself is completely unmarked and undeveloped so the sea kayaking offered is a pristine experience. Under the watchful eye of our experienced guides, you can develop your sea kayaking skills while discovering the amazing seascapes and wildlife of Scotland’s west coast.

At the end of each day, you can enjoy a hot shower and a visit to the local restaurant or pub for dinner before snuggling down with your duvet in our cosy accommodation. If (like some of us) you enjoy your kayaking and your home comforts in equal measure, then look no further than this itinerary!

Experience required: 5 days sea kayaking

If you don’t have previous sea kayaking experience then we recommend that you join our Introduction to Sea Kayaking trip. If this is not the trip for you then please follow this link to our other sea kayaking holidays in Scotland.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 – Welcome and onto the water!

You will be met by your guide at Inverness Railway station and we’ll transfer to Loch Linnhe for an afternoon paddle, refreshing your skills and introducing you to the wonderful West Highland scenery. Late afternoon, we transfer to our first accommodation, located on the shores of Loch Sunart.

Day 2 – The Scottish Sea Kayak Trail: Sound of Mull

Today we have a choice of areas to paddle in. One option is to head south to the Sound of Mull and Loch Aline, which is part of the Scottish Sea Kayak Trail. This stretch of water is a good place to encounter all kinds of marine wildlife such as dolphins and minke whales. After an enjoyable day’s sea kayaking, we return to our accommodation late afternoon.

Day 3 – Sea Kayaking in Loch Sunart

Loch Sunart forms the southern boundary of the Ardnamurchan Peninsula and offers some lovely sea kayaking. We can explore the islands of Risga, Carna and Oronsay, all of which offer interest to sea kayakers. We will look out for sea otters which are often spotted in this sea loch. Further west lies Ardnamurchan Point – this is one area that we will not sea kayak to as it is the most challenging section of the whole trail, and is for experts only! If time permits, however, we will drive to the point to admire the magnificent sea views. We then transfer to our next accommodation, a classic West Highland inn located on the waterfront with views across the Sound of Arisaig.

Day 4 – Sea Kayaking in Loch Moidart and Castle Tioram

After breakfast, we continue our journey along the Scottish Sea Kayak Trail. Today we explore the sheltered waters of Loch Moidart, kayaking past the dramatic ruins of Castle Tioram (dating from the 13th Century) to Eilean Shona (the beautiful island’). This is one of the most stunning places on the West Coast. Paddling past stands of Caledonian pines on the shoreline, we can paddle round the point all the way back to our waterside inn, passing an abandoned village along the way.

Day 5 – Sea Kayaking through the Arisaig Skerries

Heading north from the inn, we enjoy one of the best day trips by sea kayak anywhere in the world – kayaking through the Arisaig skerries. These beach-fringed islands which guard the entrance to Arisaig are home to countless seals, otters and seabirds, while basking sharks are also regular visitors. Even without any wildlife, it still makes for an amazing paddle through the turquoise waters of the skerries. On clear days, the Atlantic views west to the mountains of Rum and Skye are magnificent – this really is Scottish sea kayaking at its best.

Day 6 – Final morning’s paddle

After breakfast at the inn, we’ll enjoy a morning sea kayaking before we make our way back to Inverness. We often explore either Loch Ailort (easily accessed from in front of the inn) or Loch nan Uamh. We follow the coastline of the peninsula with its rich history of the Jacobite rebellion of the 1740’s. This is a great way to end the trip and we can reflect back on the experience as we load up the vehicle and trailer and make our way back to Inverness, arriving late afternoon.

If you are keen to keep on kayaking, our trips which explore the Scottish Sea Kayak Trail South: The Whisky Coast section run the week before this trip, so the two itineraries can be easily linked together for a longer trip.

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Prices and Departures

67 people viewed this trip in the last week

Trip Date
Price
Availability
Trip Status
 
5th Sep - 10th Sep 2015
£975
2 place(s) left
21st May - 26th May 2016
£975
Places available
25th Jun - 30th Jun 2016
£975
Places available
6th Aug - 11th Aug 2016
£975
Places available
10th Sep - 15th Sep 2016
£975
Places available

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Excellent! A wonderful trip. I will do it again, next year.

Petra Grell
17/08/2015

5

Excellent- if I could I would take all your kayaking trips.

Peter Roslander
16/08/2015

5

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