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Sea Kayaking – West Coast Explorer

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Price from: £775

Next trip: 11th June

Duration: 5 night(s)

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Location: West Highlands including Knoydart

Comfort: Basic

Difficulty: 4

28 review(s)

Trip Highlights – West Coast Explorer

  • Discover the fabulous sea kayaking on Scotland’s west coast, exploring locations such as Plockton, Skye and Knoydart
  • Experience an overnight sea kayaking expedition, packing everything you need into your kayak and wild camping
  • Revel in the flexibility of an itinerary which combines some nights indoors and other nights camping wild – the best of both worlds!

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?

Accommodation – West Coast Explorer

This trip combines hostel accommodation with wild camping. Based from a hostel in the West Highlands, we also come prepared with all the equipment we need to go on overnight wild camping trips by sea kayak.

The itinerary will be very flexible, allowing us to choose to camp for 1, 2 or even 3 nights over the course of this 5 night trip, depending on the weather and sea conditions. Meals will be prepared either at the hostel or while camping, except for the final night, when we’ll go to a local pub for a celebratory meal!

This trip is perfectly suited for people who have some previous experience of sea kayaking and who want to try an overnight sea kayaking trip with camping – but who don’t feel ready for the challenge of our longer sea kayaking camping expeditions.

You will be met by your Wilderness Scotland Guide in the centre of Inverness Railway Station at 10:30 on Day 1 of your trip. 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

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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 James Geldard 30/08/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

4Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

4The Bottom Line

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Trip Comments
Good - because of the friendly, knowledgeable guides. This particular trip might have benefitted from slightly better showering facilities than the ones on offer in the NT Scotland bunkhouse.
Accommodation and Food
See previous comment.
Your Guide
Both Ali and Johnny were excellent. They were friendly, knowledgeable, and sympathetic to the abilities of the individuals in the group.
The Bottom Line

by Megan Smith 30/08/2015

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
wasn't that easy to navigate the website. I tried to book online, the system just stopped, and I had no idea whether I had booked or not.
The customer service team were great on the phone and by email
Trip Comments
fabulous guides - gave us complete confidence in what we were doing, along with being a wealth of knowledge and highly entertaining. Lovely Scottish weather provided throughout - great kayaking, with good 'on the go' decisions to respond to changes in weather, closed roads etc
Accommodation and Food
food was plentiful, tasty and good. Lunches in particular had awesome variety. Bunkhouse was clean and comfortable. Not sure how to rate the accommodation for wild-camping!! - good locations but a few too many midges!
Your Guide
Guides were both amazing. Inspired confidence, handled group dynamics well, enabled everyone to have a brilliant trip. Fountains of knowledge, oodles of patience, and highly entertaining throughout. I would trust them to take me on a kayking trip again anytime.... Thank you lots!
The Bottom Line
awesome trip. Just the right amount of challenge and fun. Superb guides - made it a fabulous experience for the whole group

by Robin Hermanussen 06/08/2015

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

4The Bottom Line

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by Peter Williamson 04/08/2015

4Pre-Trip Service

2Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

4Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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Trip Comments
I had to drive with my own bus to the kayaking spots
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
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Very good experience

by Yvonne van Oossanen 04/08/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

4Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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The information I received via email was very helpful. Also the information given on the website helped me to choose the right trip
Trip Comments
The guides were excellent though. They did everything to make it a fantastic trip. The group was ok and the weather could have been better, but that's something nobody could change
Accommodation and Food
To have the hostel the whole trip was very good. Because of the weather we didn't camp much, so it was good to have the hostel. The food was excellent. Howard and Brian did a fantastic job on that!
Your Guide
I felt very secure to have Howard and Brian as our guides. I felt they were both experienced in kayaking.
The Bottom Line

by John Wilson 03/08/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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Trip Comments
Seeng the multitude of seals as we approached our overnight camping spot in the shadow of the Cuillins was amazing!
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
Howard and Brian had endless energy / enthusiasm and patience
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by Wiebke Brockmann 28/07/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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Your Guide
Thank you for a great trip!!!
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by Sally Heald 27/07/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

3Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

3Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
good web site with good and appropriate information
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
Good accommodation and brilliant food, yet again
Your Guide
Please see previous
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by David Oliver 26/07/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
The quality of the documentation was extremely high, it looked good and it contained all the information that I required. Your staff were pleasant and informative when I had questions. Excellent experience.
Trip Comments
I had very high expectations, since I had already done the introduction to see kayaking several years ago, but this trip was wonderful and surpassed those expectations. The guides were phenomenal. Even with the wet weather, they used their knowledge of the area to ensure we kayaked each day and each day they pushed us a little more. Their endless energy, enthusiasm, skill and local knowledge ensured it was successful. The Cuillin rifle visit, Plockton and
Accommodation and Food
The bunk house was great; however having 4 men in one room sleeping was a challenge ( the women shared double rooms or had a single room). The one a peer in our room forced new to sleep on the floor in the lounge! No hardship but too many in one room can be an issue
Your Guide
Howard dean was incredible. Great stories, humour, energy, knowledge. He just made the trip a success. Even when the conditions were 'interesting' I had confidence in him that his decisions were right and as such was able to enjoy the experience and not panic. Brian was more quiet but still an excellent guide with great local
Knowledge.
The Bottom Line
An experience that I will never forget. Blending people who don't know each other into a team, experiencing the beauty of the west coast of Scotland and even getting to like the rain!! An amazing holiday that surpasses expectation.

by Paul MacLean 28/06/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Very approachable team, very quick to respond and were happy to help!
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
Erin came across very well:
- a competent kayaker (happy to point things out, improve skills etc),
- good trip guide (fairly flexible with tailoring the itinerary to what the group wanted), and
- enthusiastic and knowledgable about the outdoors (wildlife, locations etc).
Thanks for a good trip!
The Bottom Line
Excellent trip! Would be happy to book with Wilderness Scotland again.

Prices and Departures

88 people viewed this trip in the last week

Trip Date
Price
Availability
Trip Status
 
11th Jun - 16th Jun 2016
£775
Places available
16th Jul - 21st Jul 2016
£775
Places available
20th Aug - 25th Aug 2016
£775
6 place(s) left

Trip Details

The West Coast Explorer is designed to highlight the best of what sea kayaking in Scotland can offer.

Based from a hostel in the West Highlands, we also come prepared with all the equipment we need to go on overnight wild camping trips by sea kayak!

The itinerary will be very flexible, allowing us to choose to camp for 1, 2 or even 3 nights over the course of this 5 night trip, depending on the weather and sea conditions.

This flexibility allows us to experience both expeditioning and also day paddles. It also means that we have lots of options for where to sea kayak – Kintail, Plockton, Loch Hourn at Knoydart, Skye … the options are limitless! This trip is perfectly suited for people who have some previous experience of sea kayaking and who want to try an overnight sea kayaking trip – but who don’t feel ready for the challenge of our longer sea kayaking expeditions.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 – Sea Kayaking Holiday Begins

We travel to Kintail in the West Highlands. After lunch and an opening briefing, we head out for an afternoon sea kayaking, most likely in the sea at Loch Duich, where we can kayak past the iconic Eilean Donan Castle! Overnight hostel.

Day 2 – Sea Kayaking Touring and Coaching

We head out for a day sea kayaking. There are so many places to choose from! Perhaps we’ll paddle with the seals at Plockton, or maybe head across the Skye Bridge and explore the islands of Broadford Bay. As we kayak, our guides will offer tips and advice to improve your sea kayaking skills. Return to the hostel late afternoon to plan our expedition!

Days 3, 4 and 5 – Sea Kayaking: Overnight Expedition

Having checked the weather, sea state and tides the previous evening, we will set off on an overnight expedition, wild camping along the way, leaving the hostel behind! This allows us to reach and explore some really wild locations. For example, we could venture to Knoydart and explore the wild coast of Loch Hourn, or possibly even go to Skye and explore some of its 400 miles of spectacular coastline! We will wild camp in remote locations, revelling in the dark, starry skies and spectacular scenery.

Day 5 – We would return to the hostel late afternoon, enjoy a shower and then head out to a local pub for a slap up meal!

Day 6 – Final Day Sea Kayaking in Scotland

After breakfast, we enjoy a morning paddle before packing up and returning to Inverness, arriving late afternoon.

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Prices and Departures

88 people viewed this trip in the last week

Trip Date
Price
Availability
Trip Status
 
11th Jun - 16th Jun 2016
£775
Places available
16th Jul - 21st Jul 2016
£775
Places available
20th Aug - 25th Aug 2016
£775
6 place(s) left

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Customer Kudos

James Geldard
30/08/2015

4

awesome trip. Just the right amount of challenge and fun. Superb guides - made it a fabulous experience for the whole group

Megan Smith
30/08/2015

5

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