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Sea Kayaking – Scottish Sea Kayak Trail South – The Whisky Coast

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Price from: £975

Next trip: 20th June

Duration: 5 night(s)

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Location: West Highlands including Knoydart

Comfort: Classic

Difficulty: 5

12 review(s)
  • The Scottish Sea Kayak Trail has made the National Geographic’s 2011 ‘Tours of a Lifetime’ and Outside Magazine’s coveted ‘Travel Hot List for 2011′
  • No camping, just comfortable beds, hot showers, excellent local restaurants and a little tipple on the way!
  • Sea Kayak from the Isle of Gigha to Oban, passing many beautiful Hebridean islands along the way
  • Link this trip with our ‘Scottish Sea Kayak Trail: Central – The Jacobite 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 hotels along the route. For the first two nights, we stay at a 3 star small hotel located on the shores of Loch Fyne. Accommodation is in a choice of twin or double rooms.

We then move slightly further north and spend the final three nights in a 3-star hotel, located on the shores of Loch Melfort.

Breakfast and packed lunches are provided each day. For evening meals, we can choose to dine in the hotels or visit local bars or restaurants, enjoying the best of local produce.

Single room supplement

We do not charge single person supplements to people booking on their own. However you will be expected to share a room with another person of the same sex. It may be possible to book a single room, provided one is available. Please request this at the time of booking and we will let you know if one is available. For this trip, a supplement of £175 is charged if a single room is required – please see booking form terms and conditions.

You will be met by your Wilderness Scotland Guide at Oban Railway Station at 1200hrs on Day 1 of your trip. Please make your way outside, to the front door of the train station ticket office where you will see the Wilderness Scotland minibus and trailer just across the road in the temporary parking area. Your guide will be waiting there for you. For full details on how to get to Oban, please see our website: Travel to Scotland

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by Andrew Partington 10/09/2014

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Pre-Trip Service
We were under the impression that the course would consist of A to B journeys (like a supported walking tour, although we appreciated this might have to alter if weather conditions were unfavourable). The course joining instructions told us not to contact our guide prior to the trip. This led to us paying for a taxi to get to Oban, followed by driving back immediately past the hotel which we had just left 40 minutes away, when we could have arranged to be picked up! We also found that a dry suit or dry trousers were ideal. The notes also mentioned a whisky tasting session at the beginning which didn't happen. Moving the Oban distillery tour to the middle was a good idea since it avoided the problem of driving, if it had taken place at the end.

TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE:
Thank you for your feedback. The trip was never advertised as an A to B journey so we're sorry to hear that something must have given this impression. We ask clients not to contact our guide prior to the day of meeting as most of our guides are working in remote areas and not always have reception, hence we advise to contact our office which is staffed Monday - Friday.
A whisky tasting didn't happen on Day 1 but on Day 4 at the Loch Melfort Hotel due to timings during the week.
Trip Comments
Each day was different and continually interesting. Dave had obviously put a lot of thought into planning excellent itineraries which accommodated the needs of all the group. We very much enjoyed Dave and Sue's company.
Highlights: Sea eagle-playing in tidal streams-wildlife.
Low points:none.
Accommodation and Food
We were under the impression that the course would consist of A to B journeys (like a supported walking tour, although we appreciated this might have to alter if weather conditions were unfavourable). The course joining instructions told us not to contact our guide prior to the trip. This led to us paying for a taxi to get to Oban, followed by driving back immediately past the hotel which we had just left 40 minutes away, when we could have arranged to be picked up! We also found that a dry suit or dry trousers were ideal. The notes also mentioned a whisky tasting session at the beginning which didn't happen. Moving the Oban distillery tour to the middle was a good idea since it avoided the problem of driving, if it had taken place at the end.

TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE:
Thank you for your feedback. The trip was never advertised as an A to B journey so we're sorry to hear that something must have given this impression. We ask clients not to contact our guide prior to the day of meeting as most of our guides are working in remote areas and not always have reception, hence we advise to contact our office which is staffed Monday - Friday.
A whisky tasting didn't happen on Day 1 but on Day 4 at the Loch Melfort Hotel due to timings during the week.
Your Guide
We had met Dave before on Milos and were delighted to find out that he was our guide. Both he and Sue were consistently thoughtful and helpful, and good company throughout the trip. We would love to paddle with him again.
The Bottom Line
An excellent trip and a very relaxing way to go kayaking with none of the hassles of organising our own trip. The kayaking was well within our comfort zone.

by Roy Broxterman 11/08/2014

4Pre-Trip Service

4Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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Trip Comments
I thought we might see a little more wildlife and historical sites of Scotland.
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
Howard was a very good guide. He did everything possible to make the trip pleasant, enjoyable, and memorable.
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by Dominic Batten 04/08/2014

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Trip Comments
Always a gamble with variables, weather was poor and very small group size
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
Ebullient.
I have finally understood the use of a skeg.
Trips well tailored to weather conditions.
The Bottom Line
Wilderness Scotland remains a very good company. One always takes a chance with the weather when visiting Scotland, and sea kayaking can be fun even in poor conditions. One can count on good quality both of guides and equipment so as to make the most of prevailing conditions.

by Ian Burley 02/06/2014

5Pre-Trip Service

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Pre-Trip Service
The only comment that I could possibly make concerns the "five days previous experience" thing. I'd had around fifteen days previous experience of sea-kaykaing but on camping trips in Canada on board kayaks with rudders rather than skegs in very calm waters. I was very lost at first in the choppier waters of Scotland and in a much lighter (and seemingly more unstable) kayak that I had trouble steering in the right direction. But, after a few dips, I started to get the hang of it. It's a minor quibble and maybe none of your other customers have come up against this issue.
Trip Comments
The high points are too numerous to mention. The low point for me came when I fell on the rocks on Gigha, cut my knee badly and broke a paddle (by the way, I'm more than willing to pay for a replacement one). However, Erin's very professional reactions and positive approach meant that I was back on the water two days later.
Accommodation and Food
The only comment that I could possibly make concerns the "five days previous experience" thing. I'd had around fifteen days previous experience of sea-kaykaing but on camping trips in Canada on board kayaks with rudders rather than skegs in very calm waters. I was very lost at first in the choppier waters of Scotland and in a much lighter (and seemingly more unstable) kayak that I had trouble steering in the right direction. But, after a few dips, I started to get the hang of it. It's a minor quibble and maybe none of your other customers have come up against this issue.
Your Guide
Erin was wonderful throughout. And a great nurse when it came to bandaging my damaged knee - the guy at A&E said she did a better job that he could have done.
The Bottom Line
A wonderful trip all round. Oddly, my most inspirational moment was on Loch Sween on a day of relentless rain. The sheer beauty of it, with the mist hovering over the trees and mountains, took my breath away.

by Jonathan Macfarlane 27/05/2014

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Erin is a complete star. She handled a small group of people considerably older than he with aplomb. Both on and off the water she was calm, professional and very good fun. She shared her knowledge and experience generously and planned our days with skill and care. Her coaching tips were helpful and her wildlife spotting was impressive. All in all an excellent guide.
The Bottom Line

by Sue Daragon 27/05/2014

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

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5The Bottom Line

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Very easy to use, very friendly and helpful staff
Trip Comments
High point - seeing otters and being surrounded by seals

Low point - rain and wind
Accommodation and Food
Very easy to use, very friendly and helpful staff
Your Guide
Very friendly, planned good and varied paddles. obviously knew her stuff and instilled confidence in the group. Superb at deepwater rescues. She made the holiday a special time. If only she could control the weather.
The Bottom Line
A perfect sea kayaking holiday

by Jan Ferguson 11/10/2013

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Pre-Trip Service
I had a number of questions re: duplication of the trips and the response was very good. Helped me make my decision.
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
I had a number of questions re: duplication of the trips and the response was very good. Helped me make my decision.
Your Guide
Both Jeremy and Greg were fantastic. Even though it was the first time working together, the chemistry between the two as very good. They both certainly knew how to treat clients/guests.
The Bottom Line
The West Coast Explorer trip was amazing. I was able to tick off a number of "must visit" sites on my list! The combination of accommodation based lodging and wild camping was a good idea.

by Andreas Hagman 04/08/2013

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Trip Comments
Great guide and accommodations.
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
Really compitent
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by Helen Furenius 04/08/2013

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Trip Comments
The nature and the weather was wonderful as well as the hotels we stayed at
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
We had a fantastic guide Howard, who not only is a fun and nice person but also have a lot of knowledge and skills concerning kayaking. He taught us all a lot of useful things that we will continue with in our kayaking !
The Bottom Line
The seals, fantastic nature and good waves !
Also hotel Loch Melfort was a wonderful hotel with a stunning view !

by Joseph Sacco 08/07/2013

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Your Guide
Jeremy was fantastic! He planned great trips and exhibited excellent judgement on sea state and weather conditions. We enjoyed his company, and found him very knowledgeable.
The Bottom Line
This was our 5th trip with Wilderness Scotland, and as always we had a great time, and were left wanting more.

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20th Jun - 25th Jun 2015
£975
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25th Jul - 30th Jul 2015
£975
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29th Aug - 3rd Sep 2015
£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 Summer Isles in the north.

The trail was created by sea kayaking aficionado 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 on the planet.

This trip is designed to allow you to discover the best parts of the southern section of the Scottish Sea Kayak Trail, between the Isle of Gigha and Oban, on a series of day paddles. Rather than camping, accommodation is in sea-kayaker-friendly west coast hotels, meaning that you always have somewhere warm and dry to return to after a day on the water.

This trip will introduce you to wonderful coastlines such as the isles of Gigha, Luing and Seil, Loch Craignish and Loch Melfort. Each day we move a little further north, enjoying the fantastic 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 you (like us) you enjoy your sea kayaking and your home comforts in equal measure, then look no further than this itinerary!

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 – Welcome and onto the water! You will be met by your guide in Oban and we’ll transfer south to the Kintyre Peninsula for an afternoon paddle, refreshing your sea kayaking skills and introducing you to the wonderful southern Highland scenery. Late afternoon, we transfer to our first accommodation, located on the shores of Loch Fyne and enjoy an informal whisky tasting, sampling a selection of the finest whisky from the 11 distilleries within a 30 mile radius.

Day 2 – The Scottish Sea Kayak Trail Begins! From our hotel, it is a short transfer to the put-in point and the start of the Scottish Sea Kayak Trail. If conditions are good, we may paddle across to the Isle of Gigha, one of the prettiest Hebridean islands. Alternatively, we can explore West Loch Tarbert and its many small islands and skerries. We return to the hotel late afternoon.

Day 3 – Sea Kayaking in Loch Craignish and Skerries There are many possible destinations today as we leave our hotel and travel north a short distance, crossing the Crinan Canal along the way. Our likely destination is Loch Craignish, which offers good sea kayaking in fairly sheltered waters. Its many islands are dotted with the remains of ancient sites such as forts, chambered cairns and sculptured stones. Overnight at Loch Melfort.

Day 4 – Sea Kayaking: Croabh Haven and Shuna Today we sea kayak in the bay directly in front of our hotel. We can plan our route over breakfast, surveying the bay from the breakfast room’s panoramic windows. There are many small islands and ports to explore and we will land in a few places to explore on land as well.

Day 5 – Sea Kayaking: Luing and Seil A memorable day of sea kayaking as we explore the beautiful Seil Sound. If conditions are good, we may kayak to the island of Easdale, which is home to the World Stone Skimming Championships! If tides are right, we may paddle along a narrow channel and under the Bridge over the Atlantic – you’ll be amazed at its span!

Day 6 – Final morning’s paddle After breakfast at the hotel, we’ll enjoy a morning of sea kayaking, either on Loch Melfort or in the Sound of Kerrera, completing our exploration of the southern section of the Scottish Sea Kayak Trail. We return to Oban early-afternoon which offers us the opportunity to have a guided tour of Oban Distillery and allow time for people to connect with trains home.

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£975
3 place(s) left
25th Jul - 30th Jul 2015
£975
6 place(s) left
29th Aug - 3rd Sep 2015
£975
Places available

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An excellent trip and a very relaxing way to go kayaking with none of the hassles of organising our own trip. The kayaking was well within our comfort zone.

Andrew Partington
10/09/2014

5

Roy Broxterman
11/08/2014

5

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