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Sea Kayaking – Scottish Sea Kayak Trail North – Gaelic Coast

  • 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, and also the Scottish Sea Kayak Trail South – The Whisky Coast trip, which run on consecutive dates. Join all three trips for an epic sea kayaking adventure
  • 3 nights accommodation at a 3-star inn in Plockton
  • 2 nights accommodation at a 4-star guest house near Ullapool
  • Breakfast and packed lunches each day, plus two evening meals
  • All transport throughout the trip, starting and finishing in Inverness
  • All specialist sea kayaking equipment, including sea kayaks, paddles, spray decks, paddling jackets 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

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.

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 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: www.wildernessscotland.com/faq/travel-to-scotland/

 

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by Maggi Rowland 03/10/2017

4Pre-Trip Service

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4Accommodation and Food

4Your Guide

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Looking forward to the next trip with Wilderness Scotland.

by Diane Easterbrook 26/09/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

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5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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Trip Comments
This was my first trip with WS and it exceeded my expectations in every respect but especially with regards to accommodation and food. I knew the lead guide, Howard, so I already knew that he was exceptionally knowledgable about the area and its wildlife, geography, history and geology but the second guide, Paul, was also well informed. The porpoises within a few feet of us had to be the trip highlight. I actually shed tears of emotion.
Accommodation and Food
The accommodation was so comfortable in both the Plockton Inn and the BnB in Ullapool. Even when the weather has been very kind, as it was on this trip, a hot shower at the end of a day kayaking is essential and these were perfect in both venues! The food budget, where applicable, was both generous and flexible and the breakfasts and packed lunches were superb!
Your Guide
Howard and Paul were both relaxed, knowledgable, accommodating, friendly and cheerful. Paul was a star at reversing the minibus and trailer!
The Bottom Line
Quality doesn't come cheap and WS offer great value for money, based on my experience.

by Neil Jellings 25/09/2017

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by Libby Hughes 25/09/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

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Pre-Trip Service
you were flexible - we joined you at Plockton, at our request, and not at Inverness
Trip Comments
well organised, relaxed. All participants of similar kayaking ability/experience, so everyone able to join in equally
Accommodation and Food
the accommodation was excellent. The food was great too, but it was a bit confusing for the Hotel and clients concerning the 2 meals to be paid for by Wilderness Scotland. Maybe easier if all evening meals paid for by clients at the time [i.e. not pre-paid as part of the inclusive cost of the trip].
Your Guide
Howard and Paul were excellent. Fun, very supportive, hard-working, and good coaching without being over-bearing. It was great to have Mel along too as a participant, and she did lots of organising tasks, too.
The Bottom Line
Fun, and competence/experience required matched the trip description on your website

by Tim Hughes 25/09/2017

4Pre-Trip Service

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OK it all went like clockwork. Good guidance, excellent paddling experience, super choice of accommodation and eating options, and group dynamic worked well. The weather helped!!
Accommodation and Food
See previous comment. A bit much of it!
Your Guide
The 2 complemented eachother well in maturity. and youth. Always had points of interest to point out, and introduced important paddling tips and interested in learning about participants experiences.
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by Tamasin Dale 09/09/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

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Trip Comments
Stunning scenery, sea eagles, a particularly friendly young seal, wonderful seafood, great company and the best of care from our guides. Even a bit of Scottish weather couldn't spoil the fun!
Accommodation and Food
Both the Plockton Inn and Ardvreck were very comfortable and friendly. I could happily have eaten my way through the whole menu at the Plockton Inn, given enough days, and the Ceilidh Place in Ullapool is every bit as good. The only problem was getting a table at a sensible time in Plockton as the Inn is so popular - might be better to book in advance for every night and then cancel if the group want to eat somewhere else. A drying room would also have been useful there!
Your Guide
Very professional and looked after us very well throughout. They did a great job of finding places to paddle - enjoyably - each day, despite some tricky wind conditions and were happy to give as much or as little coaching as each of us wanted.
The Bottom Line
This was my 4th trip with WS and didn't disappoint. I would highly recommend it for anyone who loves paddling in beautiful surroundings but also enjoys a bit of comfort and great food at the end of each day!

by Mary Chard 23/08/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

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5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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Very responsive and helpful to queries
Trip Comments
Realising that kayaking in the rain in Scotland can be exhilarating as it always seemed to be followed by sunshine!
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
Zoe and Jenny were a fantastic duo.....highly competent and great company
The Bottom Line
Superb ....can't wait to return again,.

by Kathryn Shuler 22/08/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

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5Accommodation and Food

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Your staff was so helpful. My partner and I both have elderly parents in the US with whom we needed to keep in contact during the trip. David Russell let us know which cell phone providers had the best coverage in the areas where we would kayak. His advice let us make arrangements to keep in contact, which kept us from worrying and allowed us to thoroughly enjoy our vacation!
Trip Comments
Everything was first rate. We loved the accommodations and food, and the hotel and dining room staff were so friendly - we especially enjoyed the Plockton Inn restaurant manager's sense of humor. Our trip leader, Zoe, was happy when asked to help us improve our paddling strokes. Her tutelage alone was worth the price of the tour! We really enjoyed spending time with the other trip participants. Everyone had a great attitude despite the occasional rain. After a particularly rainy day we cut our paddling short and changed into dry clothes for a trip to Eileen Donan castle - one of our companions decided to stay dry by changing in a phone booth, earning him the nickname "Clark Kent" for the rest of the trip!
Accommodation and Food
The Plockton Inn food was excellent, though choice was a bit limited for vegetarians in the group. The only improvement there would have been if they'd had a drying room, but it wasn't a problem for most folks who could hang their things above the heater. The breakfast in Ullapool wasn't as well prepared but still very good. Loved the size of the room and view in Ullapool, the landlady was especially helpful, and the drying room was very much appreciated.
Your Guide
Both of our guides were top-rate. The forecast was for high winds on many of the days, and Zoe made safety a priority for the group, which was much appreciated. Most of the participants didn't take advantage of her skill, but my partner and I did. We asked for pointers on our paddling strokes and some equipment advice. We both felt that this was worth the price of the tour alone!
The Bottom Line
Wilderness Scotland provides good quality gear, excellent leadership, and outdoor experiences in stunning locations. The hotels, food and companionship were top notch. I wouldn't even consider taking a Scottish paddling vacation with anyone else!

by David Lovett 12/08/2017

4Pre-Trip Service

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4Your Guide

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Pre-Trip Service
My skills on devices are poor. I stumbled a couple of times over who I should be speaking to. i.e. I didn't know which address to use.
Trip Comments
usually it was made very clear what was our immediate paddling goal. at times we followed with no explanation
Accommodation and Food
great food choices every night.
Your Guide
delighted to receive individual forward stroke instruction
The Bottom Line
communication with the guides was good and their local knowledge excellent. a little bit more explaining about their paddling expectations might have made it easier to do what was expected.

by Anne Balchin 20/07/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

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Pre-Trip Service
Comprehensive information, and always someone at the end of the phone to sort out queries.
Trip Comments
My fault, not yours! I am not used to eating late in the evening and found the consequent late nights very tiring.
Accommodation and Food
The guest house at Ullapool was super, as was the food at Plockton. I did not complain about my room at Plockton as it was unlikely that things could have been put right in the short time we were there, but the combination of a window that I could not open and an extractor fan that was not working was not a happy one.
Your Guide
Both Donald and Paul were brilliant, and together they made a super team! We couldn't have asked for anything better.
The Bottom Line
Well worthwhile!

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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 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 padddle. After lunch, we make the short transfer back to Inverness for the trip end. (B, L)

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Duration: 5 night(s)

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Location: North West Highlands

Comfort: Classic

Difficulty: 4

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Looking forward to the next trip with Wilderness Scotland.

Maggi Rowland
03/10/2017

5

Quality doesn't come cheap and WS offer great value for money, based on my experience.

Diane Easterbrook
26/09/2017

5

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