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      Sea Kayaking – Introduction Course

      227 review(s)

      Next Trip(s): 15th May | 12th Jun Duration: 5 Days / 4 Nights

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      Trip created by Stevie Christie
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      Region: North West Highlands
      Trip Type: Sea Kayaking
      Comfort: Basic
      Max Group Size: 8
      Confirmed: When 2 Traveller(s) Book
      Deposit From N/A £218.75


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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 in beautiful Torridon, this short North West Highland 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 Highlights

      • 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.

      Day by Day Itinerary

      Day 1 – Welcome and onto The Water

      After meeting in Inverness we make the 2 hour drive to our accommodation on the shores of Upper Loch Torridon. After settling in, we’ll have lunch and our guide will outline what lies ahead. Later that afternoon, we’ll get on the water.

      Upper Loch Torridon is a very sheltered sea-loch which makes it the perfect place to enjoy your first paddle. The surrounding scenery is superb, with the Torridon mountains of Liathach and Beinn Alligin rising steeply from the side of the loch. Returning to the bunkhouse, the guide will co-ordinate dinner, which everyone helps prepare – good training for future expeditions! (L, D)

      Day 2 – Skills Session and Exploring 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 exploring some of the beautiful coastline or perhaps even visiting some of the islands which are located just off the coast 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 dinner and 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 trip. (B, L)

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      Sea Kayaking – Introduction Course

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      Accommodation - Accommodation in carefully selected guest houses and hotels Read More

      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.

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

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

      Meals Read More

      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.

      Inclusions Read More
      • 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.
      Travel - All transport throughout the trip Read More

      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/

      If you would like to use your own vehicle on the trip please get in touch with our team to discuss.

      Trip Dates & Prices

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      15th May - 19th May 2021 2 place(s) left CONFIRMED £875 Book Now
      12th Jun - 16th Jun 2021 8 place(s) left UNCONFIRMED £875 Book Now
      26th Jun - 30th Jun 2021 6 place(s) left CONFIRMED £875 Book Now
      31st Jul - 4th Aug 2021 8 place(s) left UNCONFIRMED £875 Book Now
      28th Aug - 1st Sep 2021 Women only departure 7 place(s) left UNCONFIRMED £875 Book Now
      11th Sep - 15th Sep 2021 7 place(s) left UNCONFIRMED £875 Book Now

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      Fancy this trip just for your group? Get together with family and friends spend quality time exploring wild places. A private trip allows you to benefit from all the features of the group departure, including hand-picked accommodation and expert local guides but with the advantage of the flexibility to tailor the days to your group. Make the trip more or less challenging depending on your experience or choose to add in some optional extras like castle or distillery visits depending on your interests. The price of a private trip will depend on the number of travellers in your group. Let us know your prefered departure date and we'll take care of the rest.

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      Chris Page

      Chris has grown up and spent the majority of his life living in the Highlands and Islands. As a keen nature enthusiast, Chris particularly enjoys the feeling of freedom and reconnection when out and about in the hills. His main passions include hiking, trail running and climbing with a side of relaxing by the campfire, sharing stories and embracing the simplicity that an outdoor lifestyle has to offer. Chris learned to sea kayak in the lochs of the Scottish Highlands and can tell you a thing or two about the majesty of the landscape and experiencing it from the water.

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      Difficulty Grades Explained

      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.

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      Trip Reviews

      Rated 4.88 out of 5 based on 227 review(s) of Sea Kayaking – Introduction Course


      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.


      Sheena Chapman

      Reviewed on 28/09/2019

      Age: 60 - 70
      Trip Date: 14/09/2019
      Trips Taken: 1

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      Alan Bates

      Reviewed on 26/09/2019

      Age: 60 - 70
      Country: UK
      Trip Date: 14/09/2019
      Trips Taken: 1

      The Bottom Line

      The Bottom Line

      A great beginners trip you learn, put into action and enjoy in a a great location


      Mike Hogg

      Reviewed on 22/09/2019

      Age: 70 - 80
      Country: UK
      Trip Date: 14/09/2019
      Trips Taken: 1

      The Bottom Line

      The Bottom Line

      Not sure about your description of 'sheltered ' upper Loch Torridon TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE: Thanks for your feedback, we're delighted you had a great trip and rated it a 5. We understand the wind was particularly strong during this trip, but typically Loch Torridon is a great place to take to the water and learn to paddle. We're glad your excellent guides were able to plan for the weather and still get you out.

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