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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 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.

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.

SINGLE ROOMS

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 £185 is charged if a single room is available.

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/

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by Michelle Cole 24/09/2017

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by Tatyana Chshyolkova 18/09/2017

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 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.

Trip 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 all the way back to our waterside inn, passing an abandoned village along the way. (B,L)

Day 5 – Sea Kayaking through the Arisaign 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 (easily accessed from in front of the inn) 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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£1,295
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23rd Jun - 28th Jun 2018
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4th Aug - 9th Aug 2018
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8th Sep - 13th Sep 2018
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Location: West Highlands including Knoydart

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Difficulty: 5

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Michelle Cole
24/09/2017

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One of the best trips I had so far.

Tatyana Chshyolkova
18/09/2017

5

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