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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

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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.

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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.

by Janet Becker 23/08/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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Trip Comments
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Your Guide
Paul was an outstanding guide for our trip. He had many different ways to explain the kayaking skills we needed. I think we all gained a lot more confidence as the week progressed.
The Bottom Line
Our kayaking course was the centerpiece of our two week trip to Scotland and it was absolutely the best part. The landscape in Torridon is incredible, and completely unexpected. The kayaking was challenging, but the bunkhouse was quite comfortable, the food was fantastic, seeing seals and golden eagles was fun, and the local cows, sheep, deer and rabbits brought the wildlife almost right to our doors. I can't compliment Paul's skills as a guide enough. He was fantastic, and I was especially impressed with his driving skills with a van and trailer on the single track roads! Fantastic trip.

by Beth Rattigan 31/07/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

4The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
More veggie (including not fish) options would be good.
Your Guide
The Bottom Line

by David Stanley 31/07/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
Unfortunately the weather meant that 1.5 days of kayaking were completely lost and we kayaked on Loch Maree on the first day of kayaking rather than the sea which meant out of the potential 4 days of sea kayaking only 1.5 days were spent actually on the sea. I appreciate that this was because there were some members of the group who had not kayaked before and the relevant risks need to be taken into account.
We therefore did not manage to experience the open sea at all but rather within protected lochs which was a little disappointing as it would have been good to have had the experience of more demanding conditions

TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE:

Thanks so much for your feedback. It was a real shame the weather meant that you weren’t able to get out kayaking everyday. As you mentioned this is an introduction trip which is designed for people with very little or no experience and safely does have to be the number one priority. I do know that you went on some great walks in the area when you weren’t able to get out on the water so hopefully they were enjoyable, it sounds like you had a wonderful time overall!
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
Top team
Despite not seeing an otter!
The Bottom Line
Really good time with great guides, I am sure we will be returning for another trip

by Jenny Stanley 30/07/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

3Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
very prompt reply and email when requesting accommodation directions.
Trip Comments
Donald and Jude were brilliant, very knowledgeable and patient. The safety of the group was their priority even though that meant missing out on 2 days of kayaking.
Accommodation and Food
Accommodation in the bunkhouse was basic and just about big enough. Donald and Jude looked after us very well, particularly cooked breakfast each morning. The Haggis was very good and I don't like haggis!!
Your Guide
we missed two days due to weather being too windy, but the guides priority was our safety, the whole group where happy with the decisions they made. Their extensive knowledge of the area meant that when we were on the water we explored the area fully and had good 'brewing' stops.
The Bottom Line
Very enjoyable trip, Donald and Jude fabulous, we will definitely be booking another trip.

by Marta Marjan 29/07/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

4Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

4The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
I was expecting either better quality facilities e.g double bedrooms instread of bunkhouse or evening meals included in the price.

TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE:

Thanks for your feedback; I’m sorry the accommodation is not what you were expecting. We do state that this trip is based in a bunkhouse on the website as well as in the trip dossier, the meals included are also mentioned. It’s also always worth reading the reviews for particular trips to see how others got on and that should give you a better idea of what’s involved before you travel. If you ever have any questions about a trip the team at Wilderness HQ are always happy to help!
Your Guide
Both Donald and Judy were excellent
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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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5th May - 9th May 2018
£775
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7th Jul - 11th Jul 2018
£775
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£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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Superb trip in stunning Scottish nature!

Ruud van der Steeg
10/09/2017

5

Really enjoyable, satisfying and enriching experience.

Rosey Cole
09/09/2017

5

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