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Sea Kayaking – Island Hopping in the Outer Hebrides

  • Explore pristine deserted islands, wild coastlines, and white-sand beaches by sea kayak.
  • Paddle in the crystal clear waters, enjoying the spectacular views of the coastal mountains.
  • Enjoy relaxed and comfortable evenings camping close to beautiful beaches.

Blue Graded Sea Kayaking Holidays 4-6

Our Blue grade sea kayaking trips are suitable for people with at least 5 days previous experience, although don’t worry if you have never Eskimo Rolled! You should be confident on the water and it is preferable if at least some of this experience was under instruction, such as on our Introduction to Sea Kayaking in Scotland course.

You should have a good level of fitness as you can expect up to 6 hours of sea kayaking each day, with plenty of breaks onshore to stretch your legs. The kayaking will be in coastal waters with few open crossings and you can expect to kayak up to 12km in a day, although this will be subject to weather and wind conditions.

Again, all of our blue trips are accommodation based, so you can enjoy hot showers and a warm bed throughout the week.

Before joining this trip, the questions you should be asking yourself are:

1. Do you have more than 5 days paddle experience?
2. Do you have a good level of fitness?
3. Do you love getting out and about in some beautiful wild places?

This itinerary introduces a new concept to our sea kayaking holidays – base camp sea kayaking! We will be camping but we will generally stay on rustic campsites which have basic facilities such as showers and toilets. The campsites we select are located on the coast, and are peaceful and
undeveloped, often run by community organisations.

By camping several nights in each location, we do not spend time and effort moving camps each day, so can make the most of the wonderful sea kayaking on these islands. If conditions are right, we may head out on an overnight trip at some stage during the trip – flexibility is key.

Meals and Cooking duties!

While the leader will co-ordinate and undertake as much of the cooking as possible on the trip, everyone is expected to help out as this ensures the best meals in the shortest possible time after what are often long days sea kayaking.

You will be met by your Wilderness Scotland Guide area in the centre of Inverness Railway Station on Day 1 of your trip at 8.30am. Your guide will be waiting there with a kayak paddle in his/her hand so should be instantly recognisable! For full details on how to get to Inverness, please see our website: 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.

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by Clare Ryan 19/09/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
Walk out to the lighthouse on Harris. Dinner in the bar on Harris on the last night a contrast with battling with wet tents & wind!!! (although the wet tent & wind bit was fun too!!!) The flexability of the guide to adapt to the weather conditions.... still offering us value for money when the weather was too bad for kayaking. The group dynamic was excellent.
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
Excellent guide. Very adaptable, friendly & knowllegable on the area & the environment/ wildlife. 5 stars
The Bottom Line
Great fun; well organised, felt very safe & looked after.

by Katharine Brewer 06/09/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Some suggestions for gear (more water proof items, shoes for camp) given the weather we experienced.
Trip Comments
The weather wasn't on our side for this trip to the Outer Hebrides, but we made the most of the location, esp. Harris and Lewis. Craig was a stellar guide, constantly exploring options with the group for the ever changing weather.
Accommodation and Food
Camping locations were fine with decent facilities, esp the North Uist spot. Tough weather conditions - gale force winds and rain - made camping and tent set-up / meals a challenge at times. Food was decent and a good variety. Given this wasn't expedition kayaking, more vegetables or salad would have been nice.
Your Guide
Craig is an excellent guide. We were unlucky with tough weather conditions, but he was always exploring options (A, B, C...) to make the most of our time either on or off the water. He was very good about checking in with each one of us throughout the trip. I felt like I was in excellent hands and I would highly recommend his guiding expertise.
The Bottom Line
Overall a very fun and positive experience, even with the difficult weather. The Outer Hebrides are beautifully remote and it was nice to see them in varied conditions, even if the weather did limit our time on the water.

For this trip, I would suggest the itinerary be changed to include more time on Harris (3 days) vs. North Uist (2 days). I preferred the paddling, scenery, and non-kayaking options on Harris and Lewis (decent walks, Callanish).

by Mario Chioini 17/08/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
My contact was David Russell. He always was timely in his replies, polite, knowledgeable and professional.
Trip Comments
My first time sea kayaking in Scotland. In fact, my first time in Scotland. B.e.a.u.t.i.f.u.l.

The trip was well planned and that included being flexible due to changes in weather and water conditions. Routes were chosen for their beauty, level of difficulty, weather conditions and variety of scenery, fauna and flora.

Safety was a priority.

Myle Farnbank and Howard Jeffs were the perfect guides team: Knowledgeable, super experienced, organised, patient, took safety seriously, great lobbyist for the local fauna and flora (and Scotland in general), and added a ton of cultural information that went beyond the mere kayak experience. I now have a great traditional music play list... Myles and Howard represent what I have in mind when I think 'guides', having qualities beyond "I am certified and I know how to kayak".

Material and equipement was top and in great condition.

Food was excellent, albeit too many sugar treats for my taste. They took the time to cater to our different dietary needs and preferences.

Everyone on this trip had been on at least one trip with or had received previous instruction from Wilderness Scotland. Returning clients means something.
Accommodation and Food
See previous note.
Your Guide
See previous note.
The Bottom Line
Excellent trip overall. I'm still on a water cloud...

Only negative point: The trip was too short by 2 days. Due to the extensive traveling time on the first and last days and the time it took to reach our starting points every day, we lost considerable water time.

I highly recommend this trip in particular, the Outer Hebrides, but I have a feeling that any trip with Wilderness Scotland will be a great experience.

by Nicola White 14/08/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Pre-trip emails are timely and provide appropriate information to ensure good preparation for the trips.
Trip Comments
We paddled some remote parts of the highlands, only reachable by sea kayak. An amazing array of wildlife was seen throughout the trip.
Accommodation and Food
On previous trips I have been impressed by the balance vegetarian food and the way that meals were prepared to meet the needs of vege and meat eaters. During this trip some of the meals were challenging to cook using a camping stove and limited pots as the order of cooking made it difficult for guides to manage vege and meat options. Despite these challenges the guides ensure that I was provided with a good range of vege meals.
Your Guide
Some great days out on the water made possible by the experience of Miles and Howard who were able to manage the challenges provided by weather and tides. Super trip. We also had the bonus of having David joining the trip, who shared his love and knowledge in photography... Thank you all for another amazing trip.
The Bottom Line
Wilderness Scotland organise sea kayaking trips which enable me to paddle in parts of Scotland I would not have access to. The trip is always managed to provide a good paddling days out regardless of the level of experience of clients. Thank you.

by Moira Grainger 10/08/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
Our guides and special guest were such delightful company and worked in complete harmony all together. They delivered the most exquisite experience on and off the water. I would have leapt at the chance of a longer stay!
The Bottom Line
They deliver sheer perfection and trips of a lifetime which will leave you wanting to return again and again.

by Alasdair Thomson 09/08/2016

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Tried to get more information on food. But in the end was not exactly sure what would take care of dietary requirement.
Trip Comments
The 2 deer crossing over the sea in front of the kayaks. Seeing two white Sea Eagles at the same time.
Accommodation and Food
Vegi Haggis on first night!!!! Why not proper Haggis.
Menu in general contained a lot of tomatoes. Howard and Myles was very good ant discussion alternatives. However a couple of more pans would have made this much easier. Curry too hot. Pasta dish fairly poor. Noodles and Risotto were the best 2 dishes. There was a plentiful supply of food. Tents good and communal tent was very good. First campsite very good. 2nd campsite a bit poorer but adequate but then spoilt by the first. Both locations fantastic
Your Guide
Very fortunate to get two very experienced guides on this trip. Great wealth of information. Howard and Myles worked very well together
The Bottom Line
Fantastic paddling, scenery and wildlife magnificent. A great group trip experience

by Birgit Plietzsch 07/08/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
friendly and personal service in a timely manner
Trip Comments
great people and guides with an excellent sense of humour
Accommodation and Food
It's very nice to have freshly prepared meals. The only comment that I have is that I noticed over the past couple of trips that the number of stoats bars (snacks) seems to have decreased. They ran out before the trip had come to an end.
Your Guide
Perfect team, very knowledgeable and a good sense of humour.
The Bottom Line
You've set the bar pretty high. It's difficult to think how you could improve on this in the future.

by Rita Morgan 13/06/2016

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

3Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Wrong equipment list was sent to me.
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
I felt the sleeping mat was average, at best. Several meals lacked sufficient protein. I was not fond of the evening meals.
Your Guide
Donald was very knowledgeable and helpful.
The Bottom Line
This was my second WS trip. Both trips have been superb! The Outer Hebrides are a "must" see. They are gorgeous!

by Petra Grell 09/06/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
information and communication were excellent!
Trip Comments
Traveling by car with trailer and ferry was smooth, the guide was excellent prepared, he made a fantastic job all the time, the group (4+guide) was fabulous during all activities - on and off the water -, paddling was simply great. It has been a great experience.
Accommodation and Food
The food was great, maybe some of the recipes are a bit ambitious (cooking with four cookers, preparing dumplings), but very tasty. And a nice group activity. Simply would have worked for me as well. I really appreciated all the fresh vegetables and the diverse dishes as a vegetarian. The tipi was great during camping, the tents were fine. It was excellent, that I could add a sleeping bag and a sleeping mat to my booking a few days before the trip. Thanks again. If I had a wish, I would prefer a therma-rest as a mat.
Your Guide
Excellent! Perfectly prepared, competent, skilled, considerate, great sense of humor.
The Bottom Line
Excellent experience. This was my second sea kayak trip with wilderness scotland and next year I will book one again.

by Daniel Stucki 05/06/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
Accommodation in base camp: I rented a sleeping mat from WS. Please provide information regarding quality of mat. I expected a better (thermarest) map, since it was described in the trip dossier, that these mats are the bests. All the other equipment was of outstanding quality.
Your Guide
Thank you Donald, we had a great time! Your knowledge not only about sea kayaking but also about the islands, history, etc. was outstanding.
The Bottom Line
Please consider a longer (e.g. 10 days) trip, since two days are "lost" with driving to the Outer Hebrides and back to Inverness.

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27th May - 1st Jun 2017
£825
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22nd Jul - 27th Jul 2017
£825
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26th Aug - 31st Aug 2017
£825
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Trip Details

For the ultimate sea kayaking in Scotland, join us for an island-hopping sea kayaking holiday exploring the Outer Hebrides.

North Uist and Harris boast some of the best sea kayaking in Scotland, if not the world. With crystal clear turquoise waters, incredible wildlife and stunning coastal scenery, this is sea kayaking for the connoisseur. We plan to spend time on both North Uist and Harris but the itinerary is deliberately vague to allow our guides to take advantage of the weather conditions and take you on a journey best suited to the current conditions.

Experience Required: 5 days recent experience of sea kayaking

You must have at least 5 days of sea kayaking experience before joining this trip, and it is preferable if at least some of this was under instruction. It should be recent experience – ie: within the last couple of years. You should be prepared for the possibility of rough conditions and have experience of kayaking in at least force 4 conditions. You should be confident on the water but the ability to Eskimo roll is not required. This trip runs with a maximum of 7 clients and at least 1 guide to every 4 clients. Please contact us if you have any doubts about your suitability for this trip.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 – Travel from Inverness to the Outer Hebrides

Our journey to the Outer Hebrides traverses some of Scotland’s finest mountain scenery as we pass through Skye and then crosses the Minch by ferry to reach North Uist. We’ll head to our first campsite and set up our camp, which will be our base for the next 3 nights. With daylight on the islands lasting almost until midnight in May and June, we’ll enjoy wonderful views of the coastline before settling down for the night to the sound of the surf. (L,D)

Day 2 – Sea Kayaking in the Outer Hebrides
After assessing the weather and sea conditions we will head out for a day’s paddling, perhaps exploring the countless islands of Loch na Buaile and Loch Maddy itself. After a full day on the water, we return to our campsite for dinner and a relaxing evening. (B, L, D)

Day 3 – Island-Hopping by Sea Kayak
We enjoy another day exploring North Uist, which is known for its wide sandy beaches but also its rugged coastlines, punctuated by sea caves and wonderful rock features. We’ll assess the weather and head out for the day, perhaps exploring the waters around the tiny island of Ronay, or venturing along some more remote parts of the east coast of North Uist. (B, L, D)

Day 4 – North to the Isle of Harris
We will move base camp to the Isle of Harris today. We pack up, leave the campsite and head north, taking the ferry across the Sound of Harris. On arrival, we’ll have fun exploring another island by kayak! We’ll camp on the coast, looking across to the Isle of Taransay and the North Harris hills. (B, L, D)

Day 5 – Sea Kayaking in Harris
From the fissured east coastline to the long, sandy beaches of the west coast and the skerries of the Sound of Harris, the coastline of Harris leaves sea kayakers spoiled for choice! Our guide will assess the weather and sea conditions before selecting a day trip which will live long in the memory. Return to camp late afternoon. (B, L, D)

Day 6 – The Outer Hebrides
We pack up camp and perhaps enjoy a last walk along the beach before heading back to Tarbert in time to catch the ferry back to Uig. The crossing provides an opportunity to reflect on the expedition and the unique experience of sea kayaking in the Outer Hebrides. We then make our way across Skye and back to Inverness, arriving late afternoon (time tbc after ferry timetables released). (B, L)

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£825
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£825
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26th Aug - 31st Aug 2017
£825
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Duration: 5 night(s)

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Location: Outer Hebrides and St Kilda

Comfort: Wilderness Camping

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Customer Kudos
Great fun; well organised, felt very safe & looked after.

Clare Ryan
19/09/2016

5

Overall a very fun and positive experience, even with the difficult weather. The Outer Hebrides are beautifully remote and it was nice to see them in varied conditions, even if the weather did limit our time on the water.

For this trip, I would suggest the itinerary be changed to include more time on Harris (3 days) vs. North Uist (2 days). I preferred the paddling, scenery, and non-kayaking options on Harris and Lewis (decent walks, Callanish).

Katharine Brewer
06/09/2016

5

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