- The Scottish Sea Kayak Trail has made the National Geographic’s 2011 ’50 Tours of a Lifetime’ and the Outside Magazine’s coveted ‘Travel Hot List for 2011’
- Sea Kayak through some of the best scenery on the Scottish Sea Kayak Trail and explore the history behind Bonnie Prince Charlie
- No camping, just comfortable beds, hot showers and excellent local restaurants/pubs!
- Link this trip with our ‘Scottish Sea Kayak Trail: South – The Whisky Coast’ trip and also the Scottish Sea Kayak Trail North – The Gaelic Coast trip, which run on consecutive dates. Join all three trips for an epic sea kayaking adventure
- 2 nights accommodation at a friendly guesthouse near Loch Sunart
- 3 nights accommodation at a countryside inn located on Loch Ailort
- Most meals, from lunch on Day 1 until lunch on Day 6. (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, waterproof cags and buoyancy aids
- The services of our experienced and knowledgeable sea kayak guides throughout your trip (guide ration 1:4).
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.
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ACCOMMODATION AND MEALS
On this accommodation-based sea kayaking trip, we will stay in two different locations. For the first 2 nights, we will be based in a small guesthouse near to Loch Sunart. For the next 3 nights we are based in a traditional Highland inn which is located at the head of the beautiful Loch Ailort. Accommodation is in twin or double rooms with en-suite bathroom facilities.
Breakfasts and most lunches are included, while dinner is included on the first and final nights. Naturally, vegetarians and other dietary requirements can be catered for, simply let us know in advance. For evening meals not included, we can dine at the hotel or visit other local restaurants, which offer good food at reasonable prices.
On this trip we generally eat dinner as a group however if you would like to make alternative arrangements you are free to do so. Your guide will have an evening off during this trip where they do not eat with the group. They will recommend options for dinner that evening and will help you make any necessary reservations.
There is no single person supplement charged to solo travellers however, you will be required to share a room with another person of the same sex. If you require a single room please request this at the time of booking and we will availability for you. A single room supplement of £145 is charged if a single room is available.
Due to the nature of the accommodations we use, single supplements are limited and are allocated on a first come first served basis.
ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE
You will be met by your Wilderness Scotland Guide at the fixed seating area of Inverness Train Station at 10.30am. 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/
The Scottish Sea Kayak Trail is Europe’s first long distance sea kayak trail, stretching from Gigha in the south to the wonderful Summer Isles in the north.
The central section of the route contains a number of classic sea kayaking areas that are among the best in the world for sea kayaking. Based from comfortable accommodations, on this trip you will make day trips to paddle the highlights of the central section, under the care of our expert guides. Coastal vistas, fun paddling, wildlife and adventure await on this popular itinerary.
Day 1 – Welcome and onto the water
You will be met by your guide at Inverness Railway station at 10.30am and we’ll transfer to Loch Linnhe for an afternoon paddle, stopping en route in a local cafe for lunch. On the water, you’ll refresh your kayaking skills and be introduced to the wonderful West Highland scenery. Afterwards we transfer to our first accommodation, located near Loch Sunart. (L,D)
Day 2 – The Sound of Mull
Today we have a choice of areas to paddle in, one option is to head south to the Sound of Mull and Loch Aline. This stretch of water is a good place to encounter all kinds of marine wildlife such as dolphins and minke whales. After an enjoyable day’s sea kayaking, we return to our accommodation late afternoon. (B,L)
Day 3 – Sea Kayaking on Loch Sunart
Loch Sunart forms the southern boundary of the Ardnamurchan Peninsula and offers some lovely sea kayaking. We can explore the islands of Risga, Carna and Oronsay, all of which offer interest to sea kayakers. We will look out for otters which are often spotted in this sea loch.
If time permits, we will also drive to Ardnamurchan point – the most westerly place in mainland Britain – to admire the magnificent sea views. We then transfer to our next accommodation, a classic West Highland inn located at the head of Loch Ailort. (B,L)
Day 4 – Sea Kayaking on Loch Moidart near Castle Tioram
After breakfast we continue our journey along the Scottish Sea Kayak Trail. Today we explore the sheltered waters of Loch Moidart, kayaking past the dramatic ruins of Castle Tioram (dating from the 13th Century) to Eilean Shona (the beautiful island). This is one of the most stunning places on the West Coast. Passing magnificent Caledonian pines on the shoreline, we can paddle round the point, passing an abandoned village along the way. (B,L)
Day 5 – Sea Kayaking through the Arisaig Skerries
Heading north from the inn, we enjoy one of the best day trips by sea kayak anywhere in the world – kayaking through the Arisaig skerries. These beach-fringed islands which guard the entrance to Arisaig are home to countless seals, otters and seabirds, while basking sharks are also regular visitors. Even without any wildlife, it still makes for an amazing paddle through the turquoise waters of the skerries. On clear days the Atlantic views west to the mountains of Rum and Skye are magnificent – this really is Scottish sea kayaking at its best. (B,L,D)
Day 6 – Final paddle then return to Inverness
After breakfast at the inn, we’ll enjoy a morning sea kayaking before we make our way back to Inverness. We often explore either Loch Ailort or Loch nan Uamh. We follow the coastline of the peninsula, an area that played a key role in the Jacobite rebellion of the 1740’s. This is a great way to end the trip and we can reflect on the experience as we load up the vehicle and trailer and make our way back to Fort William and Inverness, arriving in the mid to late afternoon. (B,L)
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by Helen Spence 19/08/2018
We liked the speed that you answered our questions and how accommodating you were about us using the double kayak and the ability to cope with my potential physical difficulteis
Good food, helpful and cheerful guides. To make it excellent higher quality accommodation given the price of the twin although we accept that this is difficult when there are not many options available I some areas
Good sense of humour, able to be reassuring whilst challenging at the the same time. In retrospect it may have been useful to have a " I know this is obvious but if you capsize this is what to do, this is how we will indicate rocks etc" at the very beginning of the the trip as it was only during the trip that some people seemed less sure of what to do or expect. Maybe a brief mention of what to do in choppy seas, near rocks etc before getting there would be a useful to remind to less confident paddlers( this was not a problem to us but others did say that they would have appreciated this information)
by Mandy Addison 13/08/2018
The staff were extremely helpful in enabling me to assess which trip best suited my level of experience and make suggestions about preparation.
They were quick ro respond to practical questions and pre-trip information was excellent (even if the suggested kit list was a bit more extensive that necessary!)
A strange highlight; however I was greatly reassured that when we found ourselves in unexpectedly challenging conditions and two members of the group capsized at the same time the guides were able to give instructions to the rest of the group on staying safe while very efficiently getting the other two back in their kayaks. Very reassuring.
Was also delighted to come across a family group of young otters playing on the shore.
Accommodation and Food
Heatherbank was extremely comfortable and in a lovely location with amazing views.
LochAilort Inn was a little dated, rooms were smaller and lacked the views but it was comfortable and adequate for our needs. The bar was a nice facility to have too.
Competence already mentioned.
The Bottom Line
If Wilderness Scotland could control the weather this would be a perfect trip!
by Anne Balchin 12/08/2018
No hassle - and you remembered my special spraydeck!
Simply all the joys of sea kayaking - sunshine, turquoise water, silver sand (forget about the rain. . . . .)
Accommodation and Food
Easy to cope with damp kit in both locations, but could have done without an extractor fan running all night at Lochailort (but turned off the next two nights so not really a complaint).
Don and Sarah worked well togther. They both looked after us and inspired great confidence!
The Bottom Line
The worst part was getting all my luggage from the car-park to Inverness station - after that, everything was absolutely fine!
by Lori Crouch 28/06/2018
Everyone I spoke with was friendly and professional.
Both guides were exceptional. They were knowledgeable about "everything kayaking".
Both of them were excellent instructors. They also had a wealth of information about Scotland and the particular area we were in.