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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

Our Green grade sea kayaking trips are suitable for people new to sea kayaking or with limited experience. The itineraries are designed to be active yet laid back with plenty of opportunity for instruction, sightseeing and relaxation.

You can expect up to 6 hours of paddling each day through mostly sheltered coastal areas and plenty of shore breaks to stretch the legs. All of these trips are accommodation based, with a warm bed and hot shower for you each evening.

Before joining trips in this grade, the questions you should be asking yourself are:

1. Are you generally active and enjoy the outdoors?
2. Are you up for a challenge, learning a new skill and having a lot of fun?

Accommodation

On this sea kayaking for beginners course, you will be based in a private bunkhouse located on the shores of Upper Loch Torridon. The bunkhouse has a traditonal and rustic feel, with a wood-burning stove in the centre of the main living area. However, it has been recently upgraded and boasts a modern kitchen, warm showers and is cosy and dry.

There are 2 dormitory-style bedrooms with 4 beds in each. One dorm will be allocated to males and the other for females.

With sea kayaking being an activity which lends itself perfectly to longer journeys, we feel that this style of accommodation is in keeping with learning the skills necessary for trips involving wild camping, as there will be teamwork involved in preparing the meals. However, we feel it is important at the end of each day to know that you are coming back to somewhere warm and dry.

Food

Meals 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 are willingly catered for simply let us know in advance. On 3 nights, we head out for meals in local inns (these meals are not included in the trip price).

 

You will be met by your Wilderness Scotland Guide in the centre of Inverness Railway Station at 1030 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! Full details on how to get to Inverness, please see our Travel to Scotland.

Customer Kudos

Every client receives a feedback survey when they return from their guided, self guided or tailor made holiday with us.

Once completed the review is published on our website just as soon as our database updates. The little touches and details are important to us and where issues are raised we make positive changes to our trips to improve your experience.

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.

5 star 152

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1 star 0

by Rory Newman 23/07/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Very helpful, with prompt responses to queries
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
Two superb guides who really made the trip
The Bottom Line
Great trip - would like to go sea kayaking again

by Brian Simpson 22/07/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
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by Douglas Dowie 22/07/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Being able to edit contact numbers and details myself on the website, as had to change something.
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
Friendly, committed and very professional guides. Especially impressed with Donald being able to come it last minute as a replacement and running it so well.
The Bottom Line
Very pleased, I'm planning on doing another kayaking trip with you next summer, thanks for such a super experience.

by Sue Thomason 22/07/2017

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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Trip Comments
Wonderful landscape, congenial group, loads of wildlife, comfortable and characterful accommodation... even some good weather!
Accommodation and Food
Mol Mor a comfortable, quiet and characterful place to stay. A shame we couldn't do more communal cooking there... but restaurant meals were tasty, and menus were varied with something for everyone.
Your Guide
Guiding simply could not have been bettered.
The Bottom Line
This was the right trip for us. Looking for the next one now...

by Catriona McCaig 15/07/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Detailed information sent and very quick response to my email query.
Trip Comments
Perfect length, beautiful location.
Accommodation and Food
Accommodation was all we needed, lots of food to eat, meal out on the final night payoff for by Wilderness Scotland was a lovely treat.
Your Guide
Paul was fantastic. Very intuitive to clients' needs and desires, made a big effort to get to know everyone, tailored every day to suit everyone's ability and wishes, a good balance of coaching and paddling. Brilliant.
The Bottom Line
I had a wonderful trip in every respect. I'll definitely be recommending you and booking with you again myself. Thank you so much.

by Louise Storey 14/06/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Good clear instructions, plenty of email reminders and phone contacts for the guides for Day 1 of the trip which was useful as my train was seriously late.
Trip Comments
The weather was a bit 'iffy' which I expected. Zoe and Sarah made sure we got on the water every single day, which I thought given the conditions was impressive. I also loved their style of instruction which was definitely coaching rather than telling us what to do, learn by doing with guidance and support. For me, this is the best way to learn. I felt supported throughout all the kayaking and given some of the rough conditions (for me) this was great, my confidence grew as a result. Also don't be afraid of the capsize, if doing a lot of kayaking over time it is inevitable, it will happen at some point and I managed to make it happen on day 4!! Strangely I found it all quite exciting, I'm glad it happened though, I feel more confident knowing I can handle a capsize.
Accommodation and Food
The bunkhouse is great. There were only 6 of us in the bunkhouse which was idea, plenty of space without having to be too tidy. I think at capacity (10 people) it will be a squeeze. It was warm, there was plenty of hot water and it's a great location. The food was excellent, so good to see that you don;t skimp on the food and the snacks. I had come prepared with my own dried fruit, nuts, cereal bard etc and I didn't have to dig into my own supplies once. I loved doing our own cooking 1 night and actually I'd love to see 2 nights of home cooking and 2 in restaurants on this trip
Your Guide
See my previous comments. Zoe and Sarah were excellent. Their knowledge of the area and their trip planning meant we got on the water every day in a wide variety of places, sea lochs, harbours, fresh water lochs. They are nice people, looked after everyone in the group well and I was impressed by their ability to offer a good level of 1-1 coaching where it was needed. There were some capsizes and they were there immediately to sort it out in a calm way with no drama. They managed to keep an eye on all of us and give us all individual feedback and personal projects to work on, mine was and will be for a while I imagine efficient forward paddling, who knew there was so much to think about! Good safe driving from Zoe too, much appreciated. They are great guides and I really enjoyed the trip and their company.
The Bottom Line
A brilliant introduction to sea kayaking. Don't worry about the weather..it's Scotland after all. Read the kit list and bring what they tell you to bring and all will be well.
I invested in the recommended semi dry pants and I have to say these were worth every penny. Thanks for the tip.

by Pamela van der Goot 11/06/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
It was quick, personal and customer friendly.
A suggestion is perhaps, to prevent misunderstandings, to check whether someone has already paid before ending an e-mail with the due date of the payment.
Trip Comments
Everthing was well organised, Zoe and Sarah were great guides. Although the weather varied they were always able to find places for us to (learn to) kayak and each location had it's own charm.
Accommodation and Food
The bunkhouse was a good place to stay. It is a beautiful area! Do bring a sheet for the mattress though as it feels a bit like plastic. The food was amazing (too much our group :-)) and a lot of variety. Oh, and the restaurants were very good too.
Your Guide
Zoe and Sarah were great! They knew all the right places, were fun to be with and very capable which made me feel safe and good teachers as well.
The Bottom Line
Excellent holidaymaker!

by Paul Thompson 10/06/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
Beautiful Scenery,very patient guides who worked very hard to find suitable water conditions in some typical Scottish weather!
Accommodation and Food
Nice bunkhouse beatifully located with ample food
Your Guide
Excellent coaching from Zoe and Sarah,learned a lot and know what i need to work on! Excellent selection of sites for our daily trips in variable weather.
The Bottom Line
Great fun, fantastic area, great laughs with a fun bunch of people

by Diane DeBell 10/06/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
I was on the Kayak Intro and it was demanding and difficult. The success of the trip was a consequence of the immense professionalism of the coaches, Zoe Newsam and Sara.
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
I found the trip tough (I am not sufficiently strong/biceps) and I have a slight hearing problem. It was completely due to the skill and commitment as well as the teaching skill of both tutors that I was able to seriously enjoy and complete the demands of the kayaking trip. I will always remember Zoe's brilliant smile and skill and Sara's kindness and patience.
The Bottom Line
I am hoping to persuade both my daughters to do the trip -- both are serious athletes, unlike me.

by Betsy Stanko 10/06/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

3Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
Lovely and knowledgeable guides
Accommodation and Food
The bunk house is good, but as accommodation it is average. This is clear from the description.
Your Guide
Patient, helpful
The Bottom Line
Gets one into the wilds of Scotland, with like minded people, and knowledgeable guides.

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2017 Trip Dates

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26th Aug - 30th Aug 2017
£775
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16th Sep - 20th Sep 2017
£775
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2018 Trip Dates

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5th May - 9th May 2018
£775
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2nd Jun - 6th Jun 2018
£775
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7th Jul - 11th Jul 2018
£775
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21st Jul - 25th Jul 2018
£775
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25th Aug - 29th Aug 2018
£775
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£775
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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 at Upper Loch Torridon in the north-west Highlands, you will benefit from lots of kayaking instruction while enjoying some of the finest sea kayaking in Scotland.

This trip is based indoors, enjoying comfortable accommodation at a private bunkhouse on the shores of Upper Loch Torridon. It has hot showers, warm beds and a cosy, rustic feel with a wood-burning stove in the living area. This means that if you get wet in the kayaks, you can be assured that a hot shower and a warm bed await you at the end of the day!

The group size has a maximum of 8 clients so you will receive personal kayak coaching throughout the trip from our highly qualified sea kayaking guide. Scotland is a wonderful destination for sea kayaking, and this short break is the perfect introduction to this wonderful activity. After 5 days of paddling this opens up the possibility of joining some of our longer sea kayak journeys in the future.

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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86 people viewed this trip in the last week1 Booking in the last 72 hours

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2017 Trip Dates

Trip Date
Price
Availability
Trip Status
 
26th Aug - 30th Aug 2017
£775
Trip Full
16th Sep - 20th Sep 2017
£775
Trip Full

2018 Trip Dates

Trip Date
Price
Availability
Trip Status
 
5th May - 9th May 2018
£775
8 place(s) left
2nd Jun - 6th Jun 2018
£775
7 place(s) left
7th Jul - 11th Jul 2018
£775
8 place(s) left
21st Jul - 25th Jul 2018
£775
6 place(s) left
25th Aug - 29th Aug 2018
£775
8 place(s) left
15th Sep - 19th Sep 2018
£775
8 place(s) left

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Great trip - would like to go sea kayaking again

Rory Newman
23/07/2017

5

Brian Simpson
22/07/2017

5

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