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Sea Kayaking – Introduction Course

  • Combine learning essential sea kayaking skills with the opportunity to experience some of the best sea kayaking in Scotland
  • Develop your paddling techniques on beautiful Upper Loch Torridon before exploring the Applecross Peninsula
  • At the end of a day on the water, relax with a hot shower, fantastic food and a comfortable bed
  • 4 nights accommodation in a private bunkhouse with hot showers, wood- burning stove, fully equipped kitchen, lounge and drying room
  • Most meals, from lunch on Day 1 until lunch on Day 5. (Meals included indicated as B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • All transport throughout the trip, starting and finishing in Inverness
  • All specialist sea kayaking equipment, including sea kayaks, paddles and buoyancy aids
  • The services of our experienced and knowledgeable sea kayak guide throughout your trip.

Green Graded Sea Kayaking Holidays 1-3

Green graded sea kayaking trips are suitable for those with little or no previous sea kayaking experience. There is an emphasis on instruction and developing your skills while enjoying the surroundings of some superb locations. You will be able to progress your skills and experience throughout the trip.

You should have a reasonable level of fitness and you can expect up to 6 hours of sea kayaking each day, with breaks onshore to stretch your legs. You will also be asked to assist with carrying the boats to and from the water, working as a team.

In the event of bad weather preventing us from kayaking your guide will offer an alternative activity such as an easy hike.

ACCOMMODATION AND MEALS

We will be based in a private bunkhouse located on the shores of Loch Torridon. The bunkhouse has a traditional and rustic feel, with a wood-burning stove in the centre of the main living area. A modern kitchen and hot shower make it a cosy and warm place to return to after a day of kayaking. There are 2 dormitory-style bedrooms with 4 bunks each. One dorm will be allocated to males and the other for females. Please note that the bunks are enclosed so if you are above average height you will not be able to stretch out fully.

Breakfasts, lunches and the evening meal on Day 1 are prepared ‘expedition style’ with everyone lending a hand in both the preparation and clearing up, with our guide coordinating. Naturally, vegetarians and other dietary requirements can be catered for, simply let us know in advance. On Day 4, we go out for a final night dinner. On the other nights, we visit some of the nearby pubs and inns, which offer good food at reasonable prices.

Please bring a towel and a sleeping bag. Sleeping bags can be hired from us for £10. If you require one please let us know in advance.

SINGLE ROOMS

There is no supplement charged to solo travellers, however you will be required to share a room with other travellers of the same sex.

 

ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE

You will be met by your Wilderness Scotland Guide at Inverness Railway Station 10.30am on Day 1 of your trip. You will be returned to Inverness Station for 4:00pm on the final day of the trip.

For advice on getting to and from Scotland please our travel advice page on our website: www.wildernessscotland.com/faq/travel-to-scotland/

Trip Details

This short break kayaking course for beginners will equip you with the essential kayaking skills to get you started and ready for longer sea kayak journeys.

Based in beautiful Torridon, this short break will equip you with the essential skills to get you started sea kayaking, while you enjoy paddling in fantastic locations. These sheltered stretches of water are the perfect place to learn the basics of sea kayaking and develop your skills further under the close eye of our highly-qualified sea kayak guide.

Throughout the trip you will enjoy comfortable accommodation in a private bunkhouse located on the loch shore, with hot showers, a wood-burning stove and comfortable beds.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 – Sea Kayaking Instruction, Upper Loch Torridon
You will be met by your guide at Inverness Railway station from where we travel to the north-west Highlands. After settling in and a welcome from the guide, you will have your first experience of sea kayaking in the sheltered sea-loch of Upper Loch Torridon. Returning to the bunkhouse, we will prepare our evening meal and discuss our aims for the trip. (L,D)

Day 2 – Sea Kayaking Instruction, Upper Loch Torridon
After a relaxing breakfast, we will return to Upper Loch Torridon and launch the kayaks once again. Your guide will introduce you to new kayaking strokes before you set off on an exploration of this beautiful loch, perhaps venturing into Loch Shieldaig, stopping for lunch in one of the sandy bays. Surrounded by the imposing Torridon mountains, you will develop your sea kayaking skills and gain confidence to allow a longer journey on the sea the following day. (B,L)

Day 3 – Sea Kayaking in Torridon or Applecross
Today we will build on your skills and enjoy a paddle, exploring some of the beautiful coastline or perhaps even visiting some of the islands which are located just off the coastline of the North West Highlands. (B,L)

Day 4 – Sea Kayaking in Applecross
Sea kayaking in Applecross is superb and on this journey we explore Loch Shieldaig and Shieldaig Island. Known for its beautiful Scots Pines, heronry and seal population, the island is protected by the National Trust for Scotland. We may paddle further along the north Applecross coast and kayak into Loch Torridon or to the remote Diabaig coastline before kayaking back to the pretty village of Shieldaig. After a warm shower at the bunkhouse, we will visit the local pub for a hearty meal and to reflect on a superb day of sea kayaking. (B,L,D)

Day 5– Sea Kayaking Journey, Applecross
The final day will see you embark on a sea kayaking journey in Loch Kishorn on the southern coast of Applecross. We will kayak across the bay to Kishorn Island with its seal colony, using our enhanced sea kayaking skills as we journey through this beautiful corner of Scotland. We’ll kayak back to shore early afternoon, load up the kayaks and travel back to Inverness for the end of the sea kayaking course. (B,L)

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Rated 4.86 out of 5 based on 194 review(s) of Sea Kayaking – Introduction Course

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by Jon Whitehall 21/05/2018

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Forget the North 500 and see the genuine Scotland. I've been with many good tour operators over the years, and WS is up there with the best. I feel I can book a trip, confident in knowing I'll have a good time. Many thanks.

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by Heather O'Hara 15/05/2018

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This was my 2nd wonderful trip with Wilderness Scotland, but my first time kayaking. Hoping to go again in the not too distant future.

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by Peter Douglas 14/05/2018

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This was my first experience of Wilderness Scotland and I definitely want more. Everything about the experience was positive. Whether an outdoor enthusiast or someone that just wants to experience something different then Wilderness Scotland is the place to start

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by Bill Inness 12/05/2018

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This holiday is the ideal way to have a go at sea kayaking in the most beautiful of surroundings - just fantastic.

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