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

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Price from: £925

Next trip: 23rd May

Duration: 5 night(s)

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Location: West Highlands including Knoydart

Comfort: Classic

Difficulty: 5

23 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.

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by Pierric Laborie 21/09/2014

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by Emma Wilkinson 20/09/2014

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Erin went beyond expectations to ensure we all had a great experience- starting off by asking what we hoped to experience. Her careful planning ensured that conditions were right for all paddlers - her enthusiasm for the wildlife was infectious and she was fun and refreshing to spend time with.
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by Jim May 20/09/2014

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very detailed, informatively clear and concise
Trip Comments
Great guide, excellent service and wonderful itinerary
Accommodation and Food
very detailed, informatively clear and concise
Your Guide
Erin has a lively and good humoured lovely personality and she is very attentive and competent.
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Great repeat experience with Wilderness Scotland and a very memorable trip

by Helen Gillies 04/06/2014

5Pre-Trip Service

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I know it is a general email via your mailing list saying about booking a trip but when you have already booked one for the year it is a bit annoying- might be an idea to check to see who has booked and not send them the email
Trip Comments
Kayaking up the river at Morar and going through the little channels near Arisaig were the highlights for me.
Accommodation and Food
I know it is a general email via your mailing list saying about booking a trip but when you have already booked one for the year it is a bit annoying- might be an idea to check to see who has booked and not send them the email
Your Guide
Both Howard and Luke were great guides; very informative and looked after us all very well; I was most impressed with Luke being the assistant guide and he made certain nobody was left behind ; he will make a super leader in a few years time .
The Bottom Line
You cannot beat the scenery in the West of Scotland and we were lucky with the weather and the fact we were in the middle of a breeding colony of jellyfish; never seen anything like that!

by Ian Burley 02/06/2014

5Pre-Trip Service

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Excellent, as for the first week's trip on the Whisky Coast.
Trip Comments
Countless high points on the Jacobite Coast trip - seals on the Arisaig skerries, a fantastic day kayaking around Oronsay on Loch Sunart, the stunning beauty of Loch Moidart and Eilean Shona... The great company provided by four Scottish ladies also on the trip. The low point was the fact that it all had to come to an end.
Accommodation and Food
Excellent, as for the first week's trip on the Whisky Coast.
Your Guide
It would be hard to beat Howard and Luke. Highly professional, they provided first-class guiding and tips at all times. I feel I made a lot of progress with my kayaking during the week thanks to them.
The Bottom Line
This is a great trip, in amazing settings, with huge amounts of wildlife - eagles, seals, porpoises, otters, deer, sea urchins and fascinating amounts of jellyfish in one specific spot. I loved every minute of it.

by Barbara Florence 01/06/2014

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To be honest I didn't really bother with it, probably because I had been before.
Trip Comments
Low point was just a matter of the weather, not their fault but it was a tough paddle on the second morning ....my fitness really too I suppose !
High point....going in on the river and paddling up to the waterfall, then all the way down river and out into the sea and onto Arisaig. All the wild life points were high points.
Our lunch stops were in some brilliant places, the colours were amazing.
Accommodation and Food
To be honest I didn't really bother with it, probably because I had been before.
Your Guide
Howard is an excellent instructor with a good sense of humour. Learnt tons from him in just the first few hours, he's really first class.
Luke too was first class, such a knowledgeable head on young shoulders, a charming young man with a cracking sense of humour. Any friend of Jose's is a friend of mine !
Both instructors were fun to be with and very good at their jobs.
The Bottom Line
An expensive 6 days but the chance of seeing things that money can't buy, an eagle in the wild for example, so therefore worth it. The weather made it, rain does not matter, the fact that there was so little wind made paddling a pleasure. the scenery was spectacular and it was also as much a photographic holiday for me, wonderful.
Inspirational moment ..... seeing the wildlife.

by Kate Tod 01/06/2014

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The pre trip information was very good. We were sent a detailed itinery and extensive list of all the equipment we needed for the week, which helped no end as this was my first trip.
Trip Comments
This is a well thought out trip so the client experiences the best of the west coast. The views are stunning and the beaches superb, with all the wildlife to see is amazing.There was always something to look at and unfortunately the days went to quickly!
Accommodation and Food
The pre trip information was very good. We were sent a detailed itinery and extensive list of all the equipment we needed for the week, which helped no end as this was my first trip.
Your Guide
Guides great. Howard is a paddling and wildlife encyclopaedia with loads of knowledge. Luke is a mini paddling and seaweed encyclopaedia and very helpfull - the only down side being we couldn't take him home with us. These guys were great company all trip, and certainly made the week. We saw so much wildlife because of them, and I now have so much more confidence on the water.
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Sneaking up on seals and their young off Arisaig, seeing a sea eagle and coming across an otter playing! Managing to stay upright in kayak. I thoroughly recommend this trip to anyone.

by Jeffrey King 13/10/2013

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I was attacked by midge, ticks and ants. It rained a lot and several people on the group were not up to the advertised standard. Not your fault, but sometimes a Scottish holiday goes that way!

by Deborah Dubois 11/10/2013

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Good, prompt answers to e-mail questions; helpful advice re: planning, coordinating hiking pre-kayak hiking tour
Trip Comments
Excellent kayak guides; they knew the area, sea, tides, etc. I felt completely safe. Beautiful scenery. High point was location on last 2 days: launching kayaks at low tide from a meadow where sheep were grazing.
Accommodation and Food
Good, prompt answers to e-mail questions; helpful advice re: planning, coordinating hiking pre-kayak hiking tour
Your Guide
Very knowledgeable about local area, sea, tides; took time to make sure everyone on trip was comfortable in kayak; kept group together but allowed time to explore.
The Bottom Line
Great scenery; great guides; looking forward to another trip in not too distant future.

by Birgit Plietzsch 11/10/2013

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Due to the late confirmation of the trip. I can't fault anything else.
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Due to the late confirmation of the trip. I can't fault anything else.
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Prices and Departures

Trip Date
Price
Availability
Trip Status
 
23rd May - 28th May 2015
£925
Places available
27th Jun - 2nd Jul 2015
£925
Places available
1st Aug - 6th Aug 2015
£925
Places available
5th Sep - 10th Sep 2015
£925
Places available

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

Trip Date
Price
Availability
Trip Status
 
23rd May - 28th May 2015
£925
Places available
27th Jun - 2nd Jul 2015
£925
Places available
1st Aug - 6th Aug 2015
£925
Places available
5th Sep - 10th Sep 2015
£925
Places available

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20/09/2014

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