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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/

Customer Kudos

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5 star 164

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by Elisabeth Griffin 24/09/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Prompt answer to any queries put forward.
Trip Comments
Amazing vistas in splendid weather from water level in sea kayak of Torridon hills and in Applecross looking towards Skye
Accommodation and Food
Although gluten-free food had originally been missed out during pre-trip food shopping, our guide went out of his way (very successfully) to procure what was needed at the last minute!
Your Guide
Ali was perfect as a guide. He introduced and demonstrated sea kayaking equipment & techniques in a very clear way, easy to put into practice. He was always ready to interact with the group and very often gave us various options before deciding on the day's itinerary. Besides, he proved to be extremely knowledgeable on many subjects (wildlife, flora, local & national history, etc.) thus making the trip even more enjoyable.
The Bottom Line
Excellent value for money trip with thorough pre-trip preparation, sound professionals, relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere in the context of safely-run activities. Loved every minute of it and will no doubt be back on one of Wilderness Scotland trips in future!

by Keith Double 23/09/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Friendly, keen to make personal contact - this is good!
Trip Comments
Good leadership from Ali & Dave, great scenery & local food
Accommodation and Food
Less white bread & more wholemeal
Your Guide
I fealt lke I was in safe hands.Ali & Dave were friendly with an easy going manner
The Bottom Line
A very enjoyable introduction to a new activity. I'll be back for more!

by Douglas Griffin 23/09/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Received very quick feedback on all of our queries concerning dietary requirements and meeting points.
Trip Comments
Sea-kayaking was a completely new experience for both my wife and I, and the trip proved, without exaggerating, to be one of the best experiences of our lives. The weather played a part in this - it was better than we had dared hope, as did the group of people on the course - a nicer bunch you couldn't hope to meet. But the guide Ali and his assistant Dave played a big part too - Ali in particular is very knowledgeable about the natural surroundings and was good at sharing this knowledge with the clients. Dave was always there at the back with his reassuring presence and words of encouragement.
Accommodation and Food
The bunk beds were a little cramped, but then I am 6'3" so this is probably inevitable. The bunkhouse (Mol Mor) in general (location, comfort) was great and the food provided was first-rate.
Your Guide
As already mentioned above, I really appreciated the extra information provided by Ali on the natural surroundings - it really helped get the most out of the trip. He is a natural when it comes to explaining - even if I didn't get everything right the first time; this was down to me, not him. The assistant, Dave, was a continual source of reassurance and encouragement. Both were an absolute pleasure to be around.
The Bottom Line
We picked this course primarily because of the location. Everything came together this week - the weather, the company (i.e. the other participants), the guides - we couldn't have hoped for better. I did the course with my wife, and without exaggerating I can say that it was one of the most memorable experiences of our lives.

by Meeta Doshi 23/09/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

4Trip Comments

3Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

4The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Friendly and helpful office team.
Trip Comments
Good because the guides were excellent and the kayaking experience was superb. The locations we went to were wonderful. Not excellent because I thought it was expensive: the standard of the accommodation was not reflected in the cost of the trip.
Accommodation and Food
Accommodation was workable but cramped. Showers iffy. Good to have a dry room. Great first evening meal cooked by the guides. The lunches were of our own making. Restaurants were good.
Your Guide
The guides were brilliant; supportive, knowledgeable. and fun. There was very good organisation, communication and leadership.- it saved a lot of time - our equipment was always ready, we knew what we had to do individually and as a team and what to expect and this built a strong sense of cohesion in the team. On the water, the teaching skills were great the guides built confidence, were supportive and there was a sense of having progressed by the end of each day.
The Bottom Line
An enjoyable kayaking experience, The highlight was to be on the water in such beautiful places with stunning views. The guides were fantastic, the tuition great. and overall it was fun to learn to move on a kayak. My second time with Wilderness Scotland.

by Carien Aalbers 23/09/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
I liked that the contact was personal/with the same person al the time and very helpfull and open for other questions/
Trip Comments
Lovely kayaking on beginners level in a beautiful area! Professional guidance and step by step explanation on kayaking. The accomodation was nice and cosy, necessary gear was provided. The organisation/guides would take care of most stuff, so also possibility to relax and have no worries. Just lots of happy days :)
Accommodation and Food
Accomodation was great, fitted perfectly with an outdoor holiday. Except for the first night (haggis!), we went out for dinner all nights. I hadn't expected this as the itinerary stated that only the last night would be out. I loved the cooking of the guides in the morning and the tea&coffee during breaks :)
Your Guide
Ali and Dave were great guides. Kayaking was explained to us step by step so everyone could come along. Ali and Dave also told us a lot about wildlife and Scotland in general. These guides took very good care of us also with food&drinks!
The Bottom Line
Amazing trip and very professional but personal guidance from Wilderness Scotland :)

by Ruud van der Steeg 10/09/2017

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Friendly office staff. Pre-trip information is somewhat formal.
Trip Comments
Stunning nature!
Accommodation and Food
Both were at right standard for me.
Your Guide
Excellent staff with Ali and Becky. Very knowledgeable and very nice way of leading and instructing the group!
The Bottom Line
Superb trip in stunning Scottish nature!

by Rosey Cole 09/09/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
I found the office staff very helpful. Rather than meet everyone in Inverness I met them at the pace we stayed. On the day they were running late and the office team made sure they contacted me to let me know.
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
The accommodation was basic but warm, clean and good facilities. Overall the food was fine. Maybe good to have more brown bread for breakfast/sandwiches as we ran out after a few days. Very nice coffee!
Your Guide
Ali was a really excellent guide in all ways. He is a warm and friendly man and I felt very relaxed and safe under his capable leadership. He is a skilful kayaking teacher and was able to support each of us individually and keep the group together. He paced things really well, giving a good balance of offering technique skills to learn alongside time to journey and take in the landscape. He has a wealth of knowledge about nature which he generously shares. He has a confident and relaxed manner which inspires confidence. It was a real pleasure to spend these days being guided by him. I would also like to add the Becky was a really great guide.... really friendly and supportive. She was up early every morning making breakfast for everyone and was always available and willing to help. On our trips kayaking she was often at the back keeping company with the slower paddlers - quite often I was amongst them!... and was generally just great and lovely to be around!
The Bottom Line
Really enjoyable, satisfying and enriching experience.

by Catriona Maccallum 04/09/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Good communications from the office team.
Trip Comments
Excellent knowledge shared by Ali and Becky.
Accommodation and Food
good selection of food along with meals out.
Your Guide
Excellent tutoring from Ali and Becky, safety first along with technical tips and feedback.
The Bottom Line
Thanks to Ali and Becky, they made the 4 days really good fun despite some of the weather conditions.

by Bruce Martin 02/09/2017

4Pre-Trip Service

4Trip Comments

3Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
It would be better to attach pdf files to the confirmation email than links that expire after 30 days.
We joined the trip in Torridon, not Inverness. It would have been much more use to us if you had given us the grid reference for the bunkhouse, not just the postal address - "Mol Mor bunkhouse, Torridon" was not particularly useful (we knew it was in Torridon already).
Trip Comments
Ali was an excellent leader, bunkhouse was good. Kayaking was great. Only thing that let it down was the suggestion that we eat 3 consecutive evening meals in pubs. I'd much prefer to be offered the option of staying in the bunkhouse and cooking for myself.
Accommodation and Food
Accommodation was excellent. Breakfasts and lunches were good. Suggestion of pub food for 3 nights in a row was poor.
Your Guide
Ali did a great job keeping finding locations to suit the weather and the group abilities. He also did a great job keeping people of different abilities occupied. Ali's annecdotes on nature etc were interesting.

Becky was a cheerful assistant guide who helped to make everyone feel 'at home'.
The Bottom Line
A great introduction to sea kayaking!

by Marie di-Mambro 02/09/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
I loved everything about this trip from the people to the places we visited. Ali & Becky were brilliant hosts. Ali's knowledge of the area and of wildlife was second to none. His instruction was excellent. Always felt safe and in good hands.
Trip Comments
Our day on Loch Maree exploring the islands was a lovely day, but I loved Loch Sheildaig as we saw sea otters and a sea eagle. I was lucky enough for a seal to tap the back of my kayak
Accommodation and Food
The best bit about this trip was the day we decided to cook back at the bunk house. We got extra time paddling and weren't tied to time. In the evening we kicked back and had a lovely home-cooked meal with great company.
Your Guide
We could not have asked for more from Ali who is absolutely the best guide of any holiday I have done. His knowledge of wildlife and flora and fauna was second to none. That couple with his passion for preservation was truly inspiring.
The Bottom Line
This is a wonderful trip for first time kayakers. The tuition is second to none and I always felt as if I was in good hands. Scotland is breathtakingly beautiful. So much wildlife to see. On this trip we had a perfect mix of guests - everyone clicked so well. The bunk house is a great base, well equipped with nice hot showers to come back to at the end of the day. I'll definitely be booking another sea kayaking holiday with Wilderness Scotland.

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£850
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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 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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2018 Trip Dates

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5th May - 9th May 2018
£850
4 place(s) left
7th Jul - 11th Jul 2018
£850
7 place(s) left
14th Jul - 18th Jul 2018
£850
8 place(s) left
21st Jul - 25th Jul 2018
£850
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25th Aug - 29th Aug 2018
£850
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15th Sep - 19th Sep 2018
£850
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Customer Kudos
Excellent value for money trip with thorough pre-trip preparation, sound professionals, relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere in the context of safely-run activities. Loved every minute of it and will no doubt be back on one of Wilderness Scotland trips in future!

Elisabeth Griffin
24/09/2017

5

A very enjoyable introduction to a new activity. I'll be back for more!

Keith Double
23/09/2017

5

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