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Sea Kayaking – Scottish Sea Kayak Trail Central – The Jacobite Coast

  • 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 inn near Loch Sunart
  • 3 nights accommodation at a waterside inn located on the Sound of Arisaig
  • 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 guide throughout your trip.

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.

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?

On this accommodation-based sea kayaking trip, you will stay in two different locations. For the first two nights, we stay at a Highland inn located on the shores of Loch Sunart. Accommodation is in a choice of twin or double rooms.

We then move slightly further north and spend the final 3 nights based in a traditional inn which is located right beside the beach in a sheltered bay in the Sound of Arisaig, south-west of Fort William. The traditional inn has been the hub of the community for years and is a great place to eat, drink and share a joke with the locals. The accommodation is in a choice of double or twin rooms. Best of all, however, is the inn’s shoreline location which means that you can walk out of your door and jump straight into your sea kayak each morning!

Breakfast and packed lunches are provided each day. For evening meals, we visit local bars and restaurants, enjoying the best of local produce.

 

SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENT

We do not charge single person supplements to people booking on their own. However you will be expected to share a room with another person of the same sex. Please note that for operational reasons on this trip single rooms can not be reserved by request.

You will be met by your Wilderness Scotland Guide in the centre of Inverness Train Station at 1030 on Day 1 of your trip. We will also do a pick up from Fort William Train Station at 1230. Please let us know whether you would like to be picked up from Inverness or Fort William Train Stations at the time of booking. 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

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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 Tatyana Chshyolkova 18/09/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Replies to my inquiries were prompt, professional, and friendly. Information provided on how to get to the meeting point (travel options), suggested items/equipment to bring are very helpful. thank you to Chantal Savelkoul.
Trip Comments
The guides (Ali and Sarah) were very friendly, knowledgeable and professional. The specific route for each paddle was chosen based on the weather and participants' skills. The places to stay and eat were chosen well, and I enjoy both. It was very thoughtful to bring a cake for one of the participants for his birthday. we had enough time to enjoy the paddling as well as to learn new paddling techniques.
Accommodation and Food
Both accommodations were very good. For the first place we stayed at I wish we had a dry room; while for the second - wifi would have been great to allow sharing our stories and pictures with our friends. Food was excellent.
Your Guide
Both guides took a good care of us; teaching new techniques, encouraging and challenging us to improve. Ali and Sarah were both very enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and hard working to make our trip the best it could be. Thank you.
The Bottom Line
One of the best trips I had so far.

by Larry Lubbers 17/09/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
We called several times from the US with questions and the staff's response was always quick and helpful.
Trip Comments
The equipment provided was very good. Ali and Sarah were extremely competent as well as fun to be around.
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
I have done guided paddle trips in a variety of locations in the western hemisphere and Ali and Sarah are probably my favorite guides.
The Bottom Line
The paddling conditions were probably a little tougher than I anticipated. However Wilderness Scotland provided the all the ingredients to make it a great experiance. I would recommend them to anyone.

by Jennifer Spurrell 17/09/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
The communication was excellent
Trip Comments
We did the Jacobite Coast kayaking trip with friends. It was amazing. Our guides, Ali and Sarah were exceptional. They were patient and knowledgeable and took time to teach valuable skills. The accommodations were great and the food was amazing everywhere we went. We want to go back in a few years and do this trip with our kids.
Accommodation and Food
All excellent!!
Your Guide
Ali and Sarah were amazing.
The Bottom Line
Well worth the time and money. Fantastic views and a wonderful overall experience.

by Louise Lawrence 17/09/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Variety of paddling conditions, great guides, beautiful scenery, good equipment
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
Accommodations great , lunches first two days could be improved but overall no big deal. Restaurants were super. Glenuig food good
Your Guide
Focused on client safety and needs. Good understanding of weather conditions. Very personable?, especially Ali. Sarah was a tireless force
The Bottom Line
Great mix of adventure travel and creature comforts

by Lloyd Best 03/07/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
Knowledge of the guide regarding local wildlife, history of the area etc was excellent, which greatly enhanced our experience of the trip
The Bottom Line
A wonderful way of maximising your enjoyment of a paddling holiday, combined with a great way of learning many of the skills and safety techniques you need to enjoy your future kayaking adventures

by Jane Wilson 02/07/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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Trip Comments
I really enjoyed seeing the wildlife, animal and plant on the trip. Ali knew loads about local flora and fauna.
Accommodation and Food
Heather and and Glenuig Inn were just brilliant!
Your Guide
Ali looked after us exceptionally well. His enthusiasm for his job shine through. We learned so much about sea kayaking, how to be safe at sea, the local area, local wildlife, and how to make coffee on a beach. Excellent!
The Bottom Line
This trip was worth every penny. We would never have kayaked around Ardamurchan point or explored this area without this trip. It was great.

by Giles Wilson 02/07/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
The email reminders for pre-trip preparation and confirming sizing for clothes and kayaks were reassuring. The general layout and advice on the website inspires and informs in a realistic way.
Trip Comments
Bobbing around in the swell near Ardnamurchan point made us appreciate the massiveness of the open sea ...Lunch stop on a beach on the Skerries with the Terns squabbling overhead and the sound of seals & pups nearby.. Getting close to live sea urchins and starfish were highlights for me.
Accommodation and Food
Both venues, although very different were both excellent. We will definitely be looking to visit Heather Bank & The Glenuig Inn again. Comfortable beds, good breakfasts. the prepared lunches and snacks were tasty and there was always plenty of food..
Your Guide
Ali McGhee, our guide, shared his amazingly wide knowledge of the history, geology & wildlife on this trip as well as making us feel completely safe on the water. He constantly updated us on how the day and the trip would run with reference to the tides, weather and what the group's preferences were, all delivered in his relaxed and friendly style. Advice & technique improvement was given: always in a fun & positive way.
The Bottom Line
Our first guided outdoor trip of any kind was extremely positive. As 'early intermediate' kayakers, there's no way we would have attempted or enjoyed this area without the guide and support and Wilderness Scotland. We are looking forward to coming again..When we have saved up!

by Karen Best 02/07/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Quick confirmation and very helpful on queries
Trip Comments
Our guide Ali took the time to understand our level of experience and our expectations for the group. The choice of routes each day were superb and made the most of the weather conditions. Very knowledgable about the area and clearly passionate about showing us what the area had to offer. A superb week all round!
Accommodation and Food
Great choice
Your Guide
Excellent guide
The Bottom Line
From initial enquiry to being dropped back at our car - Excellent all round experience!

by Angus Crozier 16/05/2017

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

4The Bottom Line

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by Sean Kallery 14/05/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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Trip Comments
Mark was incredibly knowledgeable and made the trip a joy, ensuring that we saw the most interesting historical landmarks and wildlife.
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
Mark could not have been better. Friendly, clearly well informed, and a joy to paddle with.
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19th May - 24th May 2018
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Trip Details

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 trail was created by sea-kayaking videographer Simon Willis to encourage sea kayakers to explore Scotland’s west coast, and has quickly been recognised as one of the best sea kayaking journeys to be found anywhere in the world.

Our award-winning trip is designed to allow you to experience some of the best parts of the Scottish Sea Kayak Trail over a number of day trips. Rather than camping, accommodation is provided a couple of sea kayaker friendly west coast inns, meaning that you always have somewhere warm and dry to return to after a day on the water. We have a split the trail up into 3 manageable sections South, Central and North.

This trip explores the central part of the Scottish Sea Kayak Trail, introducing you to wonderful areas such as Loch Linnhe, the Sound of Mull, Loch Sunart and the Sound of Arisaig. Each day, we move a little further north, enjoying some of the best sea kayaking to be found along the Scottish Sea Kayak Trail.

The Trail itself is completely unmarked and undeveloped so the sea kayaking offered is a pristine experience. Under the watchful eye of our experienced guides, you can develop your sea kayaking skills while discovering the amazing seascapes and wildlife of Scotland’s west coast.

At the end of each day, you can enjoy a hot shower and a visit to the local restaurant or pub for dinner before snuggling down with your duvet in our cosy accommodation. If (like some of us) you enjoy your kayaking and your home comforts in equal measure, then look no further than this itinerary!

Experience required: 5 days sea kayaking

If you don’t have previous sea kayaking experience then we recommend that you join our Introduction to Sea Kayaking trip. If this is not the trip for you then please follow this link to our other sea kayaking holidays in Scotland.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 – Welcome and onto the water!

You will be met by your guide at Inverness Railway station and we’ll transfer to Loch Linnhe for an afternoon paddle, refreshing your skills and introducing you to the wonderful West Highland scenery. Late afternoon, we transfer to our first accommodation, located on the shores of Loch Sunart. (L, D)

Day 2 – The Scottish Sea Kayak Trail: 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, which is part of the Scottish Sea Kayak Trail. 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 in 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 sea otters which are often spotted in this sea loch. Further west lies Ardnamurchan Point – this is one area that we will not sea kayak to as it is the most challenging section of the whole trail, and is for experts only! If time permits, however, we will drive to the point to admire the magnificent sea views. We then transfer to our next accommodation, a classic West Highland inn located on the waterfront with views across the Sound of Arisaig. (B, L)

Day 4 – Sea Kayaking in Loch Moidart and 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. Paddling past stands of Caledonian pines on the shoreline, we can paddle round the point all the way back to our waterside inn, 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 morning’s paddle

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 (easily accessed from in front of the inn) or Loch nan Uamh. We follow the coastline of the peninsula with its rich history of the Jacobite rebellion of the 1740’s. This is a great way to end the trip and we can reflect back on the experience as we load up the vehicle and trailer and make our way back to Inverness, arriving late afternoon.

If you are keen to keep on kayaking, our trips which explore the Scottish Sea Kayak Trail South: The Whisky Coast section run the week before this trip, so the two itineraries can be easily linked together for a longer trip. (B, L)

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£1,175
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8th Sep - 13th Sep 2018
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Location: West Highlands including Knoydart

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One of the best trips I had so far.

Tatyana Chshyolkova
18/09/2017

5

The paddling conditions were probably a little tougher than I anticipated. However Wilderness Scotland provided the all the ingredients to make it a great experiance. I would recommend them to anyone.

Larry Lubbers
17/09/2017

5

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