- Learn to sea kayak in Scotland on a special family holiday
- Discover the magic of sea kayaking in Scotland
- Relax in family friendly accommodation located in a peaceful corner of the West Highlands
- 3 night stay at a family-friendly inn
- Breakfast and packed lunch on days 2-4
- The services of a qualified and experienced guide throughout
- All use of sea kayaks and any specialist safety equipment
Green Graded Family Adventure Holidays 1-3
Our family activity holidays and adventures are all graded Green. All that you require to join these group trips is enthusiasm to try out various outdoor activities and a basic level of fitness. No previous experience of any of the activities is required, as our guides are used to working with beginners and with families.
A reasonable level of fitness is useful, as you will have a couple of full days outside. However, our guides will pitch all activities at a level suitable for the group.
These holidays are designed for families with children aged 8 or 9 – 15 years old (please see the recommended age in the trip dossier). However, if you have slightly younger children who are fit and active, we may be able to tailor the trips – please contact us to discuss this.
The accommodation for this trip is a family friendly inn, located right beside the beach in a sheltered bay in the Sound of Arisaig, southwest of Fort William. The recently refurbished inn offers comfortable accommodation and a good range of food and drinks, with a strong Scottish slant. The accommodation is in a new annex next to the inn and boasts large, en-suite rooms each of which has a king sized double bed and either a single bed or bunk-beds.
Breakfast is taken at the inn, which also provides us with a packed lunch each day. Evening meals are not included but can also be taken at the inn’s dining room, which has a great reputation for its food. Alternatively, there are some other restaurants a short drive away.
You will be met by your Wilderness Scotland Guide at the accommodation at 1pm on Day 1 of your trip. Please ensure that you have eaten and changed into your kayaking clothing before this time. Please note that check in time at the inn is after 1pm unless rooms are available.
This trip has been especially designed for families to discover the magic of sea kayaking in Scotland.
What better option for a fun and exciting short break than learning to sea kayak in the unspoilt and crystal clear waters of Scotland’s mountainous west coast.
Our locally-based guides are some of the best in Scotland so you can be sure that safety is a priority at all times – even though it definitely will feel like an adventure! Accommodation for this holiday is in a comfortable, traditional inn located right on the shoreline on the Sound of Arisaig, near Fort William. The owner is an enthusiastic sea kayaker and provides a warm welcome.
During the 4 day trip, you will have the opportunity to paddle in both double and single sea kayaks, developing your skills and enjoying the freedom which sea kayaking brings. No previous experience of sea-kayaking is required but the small group size means that, even if you have some experience, our guides will have time to work with you to develop your skills further.
Prices vary on group size. The trip price is £725 per person based upon a family of four sharing a spacious family room. We also offer the option of double/twin and triple rooms – please download the trip dossier for full pricing options. All rooms at the inn are en-suite.
Day 1 – Sea Kayaking Holiday begins!
After making your way to the inn on the Sound of Arisaig, you will meet our guide at 1pm for an afternoon of sea kayaking. After sorting out the equipment and making sure everyone is comfortable, the guide will explain safety procedures and then we will get out on the water. This is usually in the sheltered bay directly outside the inn and provides an enticing first taste of sea kayaking in Scotland.
Day 2 – Sea Kayaking in the Sound of Arisaig
After going over the basic strokes learned on the previous afternoon, our guide will lead a sea kayaking journey in the Sound of Arisaig. This beautiful stretch of water offers excellent sea kayaking in fairly sheltered waters. It is also an excellent place for seeing marine wildlife such as otters or even dolphins. There will be plenty of breaks during the day to ensure that no-one gets too tired, and we will return to the inn late afternoon. (B, L)
Day 3 – Sea Kayaking in the Sound of Arisaig
We will enjoy another sea kayak journey in the Sound of Arisaig, working on our skills and exploring a new part of the coastline. There are lots of sea-lochs to explore and we might venture south to Loch Moidart and paddle there, finishing at the impressive ruin of Castle Tioram, an amazing place to visit. (B, L)
Day 4 – More Sea Kayaking!
On our final day of sea kayaking, we will enjoy another journey exploring the Sound of Arisaig by sea kayak, perhaps visiting one of the islands that lie just off the coast in front of the inn. We’ll finish sea kayaking late afternoon, reviewing the progress that everyone has made. After the review, the trip will end around 4pm. (B, L)
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by Karen Steyn 15/08/2018
All personal emails were very friendly and helpful. The only reason I’ve not put excellent is because the automated email system went a little awry.
Glenuig Inn was great. Very friendly hosts, delicious food and a beautiful setting.
Kayaking was fantastic. Matthew was a wonderful guide. We had a superb time kayaking in the Sound of Arisaig and on Lochs Moidart and Morar, in all weathers. We had amazing sightings of Golden Eagles and loved seeing the seals.
We all loved the games in the water and hot chocolate on a small island, too.
Accommodation and Food
The room was simple, but fine. The living room area in the Inn was very comfortable with a lovely view.
As I’ve said, Matthew was a wonderful guide with a great sense of humour - and very tolerant of our boys’ jokes!. He took us on lovely routes, taught us how to kayak better and about the environment (eg the tides). We had great fun messing about in the water, too.
The Bottom Line
A superb kayaking trip for all the family, in a beautiful setting, with wonderful hosts and guides.
by Simon Dale 08/07/2018
Great guide and locations, equipment, and especially the weather!
by Simon Dale 09/07/2016
Contact & communication very easy & responsive. Final pack sent by snail mail would have been fine by email alone.
Everything arranged smoothly, hotel very good and better than expected. Our guide Stewart excellent, especially in tailoring the activities to the weather and two small children. Also very pleased we took time to visit Glenfinnern and ate at the hotel - also excellent food & service.
Accommodation and Food
Glenuig Inn food very good for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Lunches very generous and we could never finish everything.
Stewart took very good care of us and especially the kids. He recommended locations and switching to Canoes because of the weather which suited the conditions perfectly. All equipment was in very good condition and worked well for all of us throughout.
The Bottom Line
Exceeded our expectations in all areas, had a wonderful experience and explored new areas and activities. Will definitely come back again.
by Leigh Wakefield 28/08/2014
Guide (Stuart) was very friendly with good local knowledge
Accommodation and Food
The standard of accommodation and food was excellent, but the children's food options were limited and the food overall was very rich for the kids.
TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE:
Thank you for your feedback. We will address this for the hungry youngsters
Stuart was excellent - very friendly, knowledgable and fun.