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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 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 accommodations along the route. 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. Accommodation is in a choice of twin or double rooms.

We then move further north and spend the final two nights in a friendly bed & breakfast located close to the centre of Ullapool. The B&B has inspiring sea views and a warm Highland welcome.

Breakfast and packed lunches are provided each day. For evening meals, we can choose to dine in the hotels or visit local bars or 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. It may be possible to book a single room, provided one is available. Please request this at the time of booking and we will let you know if one is available. For this trip, a supplement of £200 is charged if a single room is required.

You will be met by your Wilderness Scotland Guide at the fixed seating area inside Inverness Railway Station at 10.30am on Day 1 of your trip. For full details on how to get to Inverness, please see our website: Travel to Scotland

Customer Kudos

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.

5 star 28

4 star 1

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by Katherine Kalaf 25/09/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
It is not designed as a pamper holiday, so knowing that I thought the level of accommodation and food was excellent. The guides were exceptional.
Trip Comments
We were extremely happy with the weather in September. Sunshine every day except for one slightly overcast day. The selection of the locations and specialist guide knowledge made the trip very worth while. I'd love to do it again.
Accommodation and Food
The accommodation was comfortable and welcoming and the food very generous.
Your Guide
The guides' local knowledge and skill level was exceptional.
The Bottom Line
This is an adventure tour to suit the relatively fit kayaker. You will see exceptional scenery and landscapes from the vantage point of the waterways. An experience I will remember always.

by Colin Suderman 19/07/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
The only issue that I had was that the single-supplement (I asked for a seperate room) was not initially billed. So after I thought I had paid the entire bill, there was an extra amount that I had to pay a few weeks before the trip itself. It wasn't the end of the world, but still annoying.
Trip Comments
The trip was great - the tour guides, Luke and Johnny, were excellent!
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
They were great! They provided a great combination of general paddling while providing tips to help improve our paddling skills. I'm definitely a better paddler now than I was before hand.
The Bottom Line

by Celia Kitzinger 14/07/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Staff in the office very responsive to queries.
Trip Comments
Luke and Jonny were brilliant kayak guides.
Accommodation and Food
Generally good - recognise that fish/seafood is likely to predominate, but it would have been good to visit places with more options for vegetarians.
Your Guide
Please thank Luke & Jonny for their great guiding: really appreciated their expertise & thoughtfulness. It was especially good that they provided extra coaching for the 2 weakest members of the group, so that the group became more equal and we were able to maximise what we could all do.
The Bottom Line
Excellent - we'll be back!

by Stacey Summers 12/07/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Online booking made it effortless and the communications had everything that you needed to know.
Trip Comments
Great food, great location, great company and the coaching was an added bonus that I didn't expect.
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
Training was gradual and the guides were so patient. Luke's knowledge of the area was fantastic. Learned so much.
The Bottom Line
Amazing. Initially I thought it was a bit expensive but it was amazing value for money. Definitely taking up kayaking as a new hobby.

by Heidy Schebella 28/09/2014

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
You covered all bases with the pre-trip info
Trip Comments
Our group was very small so everything was just like being out with a few of your friends
Accommodation and Food
The accommodation in Plockton was excellent,so was the food there. In Ullapool the guesthouse was a bit too far from town and no pub or food available there.
Your Guide
Carol Lang was very knowledgeable about the places we visited and brought it across in a charming way.She also knew exactly when I needed a little guidance with the kayak and made me feel very comfortable in every situation.
The Bottom Line
What a wonderful way to see the Scottish Highlands.The equipment you provided was excellent and I felt safe at every moment. Maybe you can find a different accommodation in Ullapool?, otherwise a great experience.

by Alastair Christie 23/08/2014

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Regular email contact and friendly informative telephone contact
Trip Comments
Not completely sure what you mean by this question. Travelling in the bus was fine. There was probably more travelling in the bus than I expected
Accommodation and Food
The hotel and B&B were good (not great). It would have been helpful if more help could have been given with wet clothes (it rained most of the week). The hotel did offer the use of a drier - but this didn't seem part of the normal service.

TEAM WILDERNESS SAYS;
We will pass this onto the ops team - thank you for letting us know
Your Guide
The guides were great. They worked well together and brought different talents/skills to the trip. They chose the trips well, they were very willing to share their considerable knowledge of sea kayaking. Even more knowledge of the local flora and fauna would be great.
The Bottom Line
Excellent. I really enjoyed the trip and would like try another trip next year. It rained heavily for many of the days (we paddled while hurricane Bertha passed by!) The guides were excellent and I would particularly like to do another trip when Dave and/or Zoe are the guides.

by Beth Lalonde 23/08/2014

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
I loved the fact that I was able to communicate by both phone and email with your office/planning staff. Everyone I talked to was very professional and helpful and probably are the reason I booked the trip. And I'm so glad I did!
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
Dave and Zoe were amazing. Cheerful, resilient and flexible....working around Hurricane Bertha weather to get us out on the water every day. I didn't expect to get the level of instruction they gave us...I definitely came out of the trip a better paddler. The instruction also meant that I felt prepared for the conditions we were in and comfortable paddling. Terrific! Thanks guys!
The Bottom Line
Wonderful trip. We kayaked in Hurricane Bertha and even in the rain and wind our wonderful guides, Dave and Zoe, got us out on the water everyday in spectacular places. What a great experience.

by John MCELHINNEY 19/08/2014

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
Nine of us travelled in one van and one guide was left to drive herself in her van. This seemed a bit unfair and it would have been better if we could all have travelled together.
The equipment supplied was good apart from the dry cags. These were lightweight and became wet through easily. We just missed the warm dry spell but we all knew the forecast and expected wet weather. Better cags would have been a bonus!

TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE:
Thanks for the feedback on the Cags, we have passed this on to the Ops team.
Accommodation and Food
The Plockton Inn was excellent and even let us use a drier for our damp clothes.
The B&B in Ullapool was a great location with great food and excellent packed lunch. There were no drying facilities and the shower was not dependable with intermittent or no hot water. In fact sometimes no water from both taps!
Your Guide
The guides did a great job. The difficult weather conditions created challenges but we kayaked every day. The guides took time to assess our paddling skills and provided individual and group teaching sessions which were very helpful.
The Bottom Line
Excellent planning. Experienced and very sociable guides. Breathtaking scenery. A great personal experience.

TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE:
Glad you had an amazing time with us and hope to see you again next year!

by Rebecca Hilton 18/08/2014

4Pre-Trip Service

4Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

0Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Staff were very helpful but unfortunately some sort of computer disaster meant that my original booking was lost and I had to change trips (as the original was full when it came to light)

TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE: Rebecca, I'm happy to say this was an isolated incident and steps have been put in place to ensure this doesn't happen again. We thank you for your understanding at the time and for your flexibility in moving to an alternative trip.
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
The Plockton Inn was lovely, Harbour Lights in Ullapool was fine
Your Guide
The Bottom Line
Apart from the booking problems the overall experience was good and I really enjoyed my trip

TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE: I'm glad you had a great trip despite the booking issue which was an isolated issue and we thank you for working with us at the time to overcome it.

by Grith Hansen 12/08/2014

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
Good weather :-)
Accommodation and Food
The Hotel Harbour Lights in Ullapool - the service and breakfast were fine - the room average.
Your Guide
Really well planned - good choice of kajak- put-ins - and all the guides were capable and good fun.
The Bottom Line

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1st Jul - 6th Jul 2017
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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.

You’ll kayak from Plockton, past castles, through seal colonies and, all the time, with the stunning Isle of Skye as a backdrop.

Moving north, we reach the end of the Scottish Sea Kayak Trail, in the Summer Isles. Kayaking in these islands is a delight and a fitting way to end the trip.

The group size has a maximum of 8 clients, with a maximum ratio of 1 guide for every 4 clients, so you are assured of personal attention and coaching each day.

Throughout the trip, you will enjoy comfortable accommodation, spending 3 nights in a 3-star inn at Plockton and then 2 nights in a 4-star guest house near Ullapool.

Experience Required: 5 days recent experience of sea kayaking, preferably including some formal instruction.

Sea Kayaking Experience
This trip is designed for clients with at least 5 days recent sea kayaking experience, preferably under instruction, such as our Introduction to Sea Kayaking Course. If you do not have relevant experience, that is the trip that we recommend for you.

We have a split the Scottish Sea Kayak Trail up into 3 manageable sections South, Central and North.

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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£1,175
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16th Sep - 21st Sep 2017
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30th Jun - 5th Jul 2018
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11th Aug - 16th Aug 2018
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Location: North West Highlands

Comfort: Classic

Difficulty: 4

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This is an adventure tour to suit the relatively fit kayaker. You will see exceptional scenery and landscapes from the vantage point of the waterways. An experience I will remember always.

Katherine Kalaf
25/09/2016

5

Colin Suderman
19/07/2015

5

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