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      Scottish Sea Kayak Trail North
      Gaelic Coast

      47 review(s)

      Next Trip(s): 10th Aug Duration: 5 night(s)

      From £1,325 View Prices & Departures

      Trip Details & Highlights

      Trip created by Stevie Christie
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      Region: North West Highlands
      Trip Type: Sea Kayaking
      Comfort: Classic
      Confirmed: When 2 Traveller(s) Book
      Deposit From £331.25


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      Trip Details

      This new sea kayak holiday along the most northerly section of the Scottish Sea Kayak Trail allows you to discover some of the best sea kayaking in Scotland.

      The Scottish Sea Kayak Trail is Europe’s first long-distance sea kayak trail, stretching along Scotland’s famous west coast from Gigha in the south to the Summer Isles in the north.

      On this trip, we explore the northern reaches of the trail, paddling off the wild shores of Wester Ross, Coigach and Assynt – classic kayaking territory with many islands and sea lochs. Under the care of our expert guides, you will make day trips to explore this area, returning to warm and welcoming accommodation every night. Join us on the sea for a memorable adventure!

      Trip Highlights

      • Discover the wonderful kayaking to be had on the most northerly section of the Scottish Sea Kayak Trail.
      • Complete the trilogy of Scottish Sea Kayak Trail holidays with this kayak trip which explores Plockton and the Summer Isles.
      • At the end of a day on the water, relax with a hot shower, fantastic food and a comfortable bed.
      • Link this trip with our 'Scottish Sea Kayak Trail Central - The Jacobite Coast' trip, which run on consecutive dates. Join both trips for an epic sea kayaking adventure.

      Day by Day 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 make the 2-hour drive to our accommodation in the picturesque coastal village of Plockton. After settling in, we’ll have lunch and then head out on the water, most likely exploring the sheltered waters of Plockton Bay and its resident seal colony. (L, D)

      Day 2 – Sea Kayaking and Castles

      There are many great options for sea kayaking today. We may explore the sea-loch of Loch Duich, known for its otters and for the iconic Eilean Donan Castle, which stands on an island close to the southern shoreline. Alternatively, if conditions were favourable, we may paddle out to the Crowlin Islands which is a beautiful place to explore by sea kayak. (B, L)

      Day 3 – Sea Kayaking on Skye

      Kayaking on the Isle of Skye offers a wide range of options to suit almost every sea condition. Loch Slapin is a favourite destination, with the stunning peak of Blaven dominating the views. However, there are options all over Skye to choose from and our guide will select a route which is best suited to the conditions. (B, L)

      Day 4 – Sea Kayak Trail North

      We leave the inn at Plockton and transfer north towards the Summer Isles on the way we will take in some more fantastic sea kayaking. This could be on the sea lochs at Torridon or Gairloch, or perhaps even a paddle on the stunningly scenic freshwater Loch Maree – not part of the regular trail but a worthy diversion! (B, L)

      Day 5 – Sea Kayaking the Summer Isles

      The Summer Isles signal the end of the Scottish Sea Kayak Trail. However, they are worthy of a full day of exploring by sea kayak. The many small islands and skerries are a paradise for kayaking, with arches and caves, as well as a seal colony and lots of other marine life. A memorable day! (B, L, D)

      Day 6 – Sea Kayaking, Isle Martin Circuit

      On our final day, we will enjoy a circuit of Isle Martin. Located just north of Ullapool, we will circumnavigate this island nature reserve, enjoying the cliffs and wildlife as we paddle. After lunch, we make the short transfer back to Inverness for the trip end. (B, L)

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      Sea Kayaking
      Gaelic Coast

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      What's Included

      Accommodation - Accommodation in carefully selected guest houses and hotels Read More

      On this accommodation-based sea kayaking trip, you will stay in two different locations. For the first three nights, we stay at a 3-star Inn located in the picturesque village of Plockton. The food here is superb and the bar is good fun. We then move further north and spend the final two nights in a 4-star guest house located on the outskirts of Ullapool. The guest house has inspiring sea views and a warm Highland welcome. Accommodation is in a choice of twin or double 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 check availability for you. A single room supplement of £185 is charged if a single room is available.

      Meals - Meals Info (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner) Read More

      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.

      Travel - All transport throughout the trip Read More

      You will be met by your Wilderness Scotland Guide at the fixed seating area inside Inverness Railway Station at 10.30am on the first day of the trip. You will be returned to Inverness Station for 4:00pm on the final day.

      For advice on getting to and from Scotland please our travel advice page on our website:

      Trip Dates & Prices

      Trip Dates for 2019 Availability Status Price Book
      10th Aug - 15th Aug 2019 2 place(s) left CONFIRMED £1,325 Book Now

      Make This Trip Private

      Sometimes it's nice to get family and friends together and travel privately for some quality time. This means you benefit from all the features of the group departure, including hand-picked accommodation and expert local guides and we'll take care of it all. Then you can make your choice of departures dates and we'll get back to you to finalise the details.

      Speak to an Expert

      As an avid adventurer, Stevie has life-long experience in Scotland’s outdoors. He’s Co-Owner and Head of Adventure with Wilderness and been with us for over 15 years in a variety of roles, with innovative trip design being both a passion and a speciality. In his spare time, Stevie runs the Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival, bringing the world’s most inspiring adventure filmmakers and athletes to an audience of over 1,500 each year. His love for adventure and knowledge of Scotland inspired him to design this exciting sea kayaking trip.

      - Stevie Christie

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      Difficulty Grades Explained

      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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      Trip Reviews

      Rated 4.85 out of 5 based on 47 review(s) of Scottish Sea Kayak Trail North – Gaelic Coast


      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.


      Jennifer Burns

      Reviewed on 20/08/2018

      The Bottom Line

      The Bottom Line

      Awesome experience.


      Lissa Leininger

      Reviewed on 23/07/2018

      The Bottom Line

      The Bottom Line

      We were extremely lucky for it felt as if we had booked a trip on the Mediterranean. No idea what it would have been like in typical Scottish conditions with more wind and higher waves. However, whenever the conditions changed, the guides either changed the route or interrupted the trip, returned to the starting point and went to a different, more protected place. Also, the second guide stayed behind with those who were a bit anxious which gave them more confidence.


      Kathy Gee

      Reviewed on 18/07/2018

      The Bottom Line

      The Bottom Line

      I recommend Wilderness Scotland to anyone looking for a fabulous sea kayaking adventure.

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