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Sea Kayaking – 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.
  • Undertake a 4 day expedition by sea kayak to explore some of the more remote islands
  • 2 nights accommodation in a private bunkhouse, 3 nights wild camping and 1 night in a 4-star hotel in Stornoway
  • All meals, from lunch on Day 1 until lunch on Day 7. (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

Blue Graded Sea Kayaking Holidays 4-6

Our blue graded sea kayaking trips are suitable for fit paddlers with a minimum of 5 full days of sea kayaking experience, with a basic level of technical competence. You can expect 6/7 hours of sea kayaking each day, with plenty of 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.

The kayaking will be in coastal waters with few open crossings but you can expect to be paddling in some choppier conditions during the trip. This may be around Sea State 3 (with waves up to 1m high). On the higher Blue grade trips you may be paddling in more exposed areas and encounter stronger winds and waves up to Sea State 4.

If you are unsure about your experience or about Sea States, please give us a call or email to discuss. If you do not yet have enough experience we suggest our Green graded sea kayaking trips.

In the event of bad weather preventing us from kayaking your guide will offer an alternative activity such as a hike.

Accommodation and Meals

For our first 2 nights we will be based in a private bunkhouse on the west coast of Lewis. The bunkhouse is in an historic stone built cottage but has a modern, cosy interior. Sleeping arrangements consist of bunk beds with separate rooms for male and female accommodation. There are two modern shower rooms and bedding is provided. Please bring your own towel and toiletries.

During the expedition part of our trip we will wild camp in remote locations. Tents are provided, and sleeping bags and sleeping mats can be reserved with us if you do not wish to bring your own. We also bring a large tipi style tent so that we can all gather together for meals and a hot drink even if the weather is poor. For camping you will need sleeping bag and sleeping mat, which can be reserved with us. Please request these at the time of booking.

Meals will be prepared either at the hostel or while camping, except for the final night, when we’ll go to a local pub for a celebratory meal. The guide will co-ordinate and undertake as much of the cooking as possible on the trip, but everyone is asked to help out with the preparation of meals and with washing up. Expedition life is all about teamwork!

On the final night of the trip accommodation is in a 4 star hotel in Stornoway.

Single Rooms/Tents

On this trip, there are no single rooms available during the first 2 nights as we are based at the bunkhouse. During the expedition phase we are happy to provide single tents for solo travellers, but if you are willing to share with another traveller this does help reduce our camp size, giving us more options of where to camp and reducing our impact on the ground.

For the final night of the trip: if you require a single room please request this at the time of booking and we will check availability for you. A single room supplement of £55 is charged if a single room is available.

You will be met by your Wilderness Scotland Guide at Inverness Railway Station at 8.30am on Day 1 of your trip. You will be returned to Inverness Station for 6.00pm 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

For the ultimate sea kayaking adventure in Scotland, join us as we explore the wild coasts of the Outer Hebrides.

The Hebrides 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. Outer Hebrides sea kayaking feels like floating in another world.

On this sea kayaking adventure, we will explore some the wildest places left in Europe – the islands of the Outer Hebrides. Facing the wild Atlantic, these rocky and intricately shaped islands offer a unique coastline to explore, with islands dotted around them and pierced by fjord-like sea lochs.

For the first 2 nights of the trip we will be based from a bunkhouse at a thatched heritage village on the west coast of Lewis, before setting out for 3 nights wild camping on an expedition by sea kayak. For the last night of the trip, we return to Stornoway where a celebration meal, hot showers and warm beds await us after a wonderful time of Outer Hebrides sea kayaking.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 – Travel from Inverness to the Outer Hebrides

This morning we meet in Inverness railway station at 8.30am and then drive through the Highlands to Ullapool. Here we board the ferry that carries us across the Minch to the Outer Hebrides. After disembarking we travel across the island to the historic village of Gearranan which will be our base for tonight and tomorrow. (L, D)

Day 2 – Sea Kayaking on Loch Roag

Today we do a day trip by sea kayak on nearby Loch Roag, refreshing our paddling skills and exploring amongst the many islands that dot the loch.  We’ll keep our eyes peeled for wildlife such as sea eagles that can often be seen here, and may paddle up towards the ancient standing stones of Callanish before returning to our bunkhouse at Gearranan late afternoon. (B, L, D)

Day 3,4,5 – Sea Kayaking Expedition

On the morning of Day 3, we load the boats with everything we need to take with us for the expedition phase of our adventure. Having checked the weather, sea states and tides your guide will choose a route that explores the rocky coastline, beaches and deserted islands, wild camping along the way.

As the Hebrides are exposed to the weather of the Atlantic the route will depend very much on the conditions at the time. If conditions permit then a point to point route along the west coast of Lewis and/or Harris is an excellent adventure, further exploring the islands of Loch Roag or visiting the now uninhabited islands of Scarp and Taransay.

If a more sheltered location is needed then we are spoiled for choice as there are many superb paddling options exploring the sea lochs of Lewis’ east coast such as Loch Seaforth, Loch Sealg and Loch Eireasort. This area is also home to magnificent wildlife, including the greatest concentration of golden eagles in the world. Wherever we venture we can sure of a true wilderness trip! (B, L, D)

Day 6 – Sea Kayaking, Travel to Stornoway

On the last day of our paddling expedition, we will complete our route before transferring to Stornoway where we will enjoy the luxuries of civilisation once again, with our last night in a 4-star hotel in Stornoway. Here we will enjoy a delicious meal to celebrate our adventure. (B, L, D)

Day 7 – Morning in Stornoway, Return to Inverness

Today we will have a leisurely morning with some time to explore the town of Stornoway under your own steam. After lunch, we embark on the ferry, arriving back on the mainland at about 4.30pm. We then drive back through the Highlands to Inverness, and drop you off at the station around 6.00pm. (B, L)

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Rated 4.89 out of 5 based on 28 review(s) of Sea Kayaking – The Outer Hebrides

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by Vicente Matallana 31/07/2017

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The only thing to improve isn't the quality or organization, well, always you can improve it, but to ad a couple of days will make a better experience, at least for me a couple of extra days will be better.

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by Julia Jackson 30/07/2017

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This was my fourth Wilderness Scotland holiday and very enjoyable as ever. I stayed on campsites for this trip which was ok but not as satisfying for me as wild camping. The facilites at Horgabost were satisfactory but not good. I realise there is very little choice in the Outer Hebrides but for me benefit of a hot shower did not outweigh the disadvantages of being on a huge campsite. Wild camping provides peace and quiet and more of a sense of wilderness.

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by Clare Ryan 19/09/2016

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

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by Katharine Brewer 06/09/2016

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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).

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