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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

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 – 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 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 meal 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 thetrip. (B,L)

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by Anne Skitmore 30/09/2018

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The trip was wonderful. It was well organised beforehand and during the week. All the kit, including the minibus, was in fine condition and well maintained; there was plenty of delicious food and paddling with Howard and Ross was great, their local knowledge meant we were in the best place weatherwise each day to get out on the water, improve our skills and do some journeying.

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by Jill Wilshaw 24/09/2018

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Very good enjoyable but wouldn't like to be on a fully booked course

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by Bruce Woodhouse 22/09/2018

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Professional trip, well run and great staff

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by Lesley Woodhouse 22/09/2018

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Had a great time. Looking forward to another trip.

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