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Sea Kayaking – Sound of Arisaig

  • Paddle through the crystal clear waters of the Sound of Arisaig, which are home to a rich diversity of wildlife
  • Explore a wilderness of white-sand beaches and secluded islands on Scotland’s west coast
  • Develop your sea kayaking skills in an expedition environment in the company of our experienced and qualified guides
  • All meals, from lunch on Day 1 through to lunch on the day of departure. (Meals included indicated as B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • The services of an experienced and knowledgeable sea-kayak guide / driver throughout your trip. On trips with more than 4 clients, a qualified assistant guide will also be with the group throughout the trip
  • All specialist sea kayaking equipment, including sea kayaks, waterproof cags and buoyancy aids
  • All group equipment including tents, group safety equipment and cooking /eating equipment and utensils. Please note that sleeping bags are not included. However, sleeping bags and sleeping mats are available for hire
  • All transport throughout the trip starting and finishing in Inverness

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.

Again, all of our blue trips are accommodation based, so you can enjoy hot showers and a warm bed throughout the week.

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?

Accommodation

On our sea kayaking expeditions we camp near the shore in spectacular coastal locations. These camps may be remote and difficult to access by foot and this element of isolation adds to their appeal. We provide single tents unless you are travelling with a partner or in a group and would like a tent to share. We also carry a base camp tent, which means that we can all gather together for dinner or a hot drink if the weather is inclement.

Single tents are two man size and for sharing we use three man tents.

Food

Fine food is essential to all our trips and expeditions are no different. While the leader will co-ordinate and undertake as much of the cooking as possible on the trip, everyone is expected to help out as this ensures the best meals in the shortest possible time after what are often long days on the water.

Using sea kayaks, we are less constrained by weight and therefore have the opportunity to carry food which we would be unable to take on a walking expedition. The scope for imaginative and original meals is therefore enhanced and we will often prepare these over an open fire or using a base camp style dual fuel burner.

You will be met by your Wilderness Scotland Guide in the centre of Inverness Railway Station at 10:30 on Day 1 of your trip. 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

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.

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by Kathryn Gee 13/09/2015

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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Trip Comments
Great guides, great group, lovely paddles, stunning scenery, mackerel on the fire!
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
Mark is a fantastic guide in every way, full stop. Andy was the best assistant guide I've ever met, wise beyond his years, attentive and excellent social skills, extremely hard working. Without doubt a pleasure for the lead guide to work alongside as never needed prompting. The only area that needs improvement....his custard making skills!

TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE:
Thanks for the feedback on Mark and Andy, having joined you on this trip, it was the first time I had the pleasure of spending a few days with Andy I couldn't agree more...including his custard making skills - we'll blame it on the kind of milk we were using but he certainly tried hard ;-)
The Bottom Line
One of the best WS trips I've ever done (and as you know I've done a few) !

by Craig Hole 08/09/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

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4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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by Natasha Dale 08/09/2015

4Pre-Trip Service

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5Your Guide

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by Jilly Rosser 06/09/2015

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

2Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

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Pre-Trip Service
I couldn't pay online through some glitch in your website. And then your office didn't return my call so that I could pay over the phone.

TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE:
At present you can pay a deposit online but your balance has to be paid via the phone. Our web team are working on a solution for this and I can only apologise that our team didn't return your call.
Trip Comments
The guides were exceptional - couldn't be faulted. The setting, the route, the equipment - all first class.

TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE:
Great to hear, thanks Jilly, we will pass this on to your guides :-)
Accommodation and Food
I requested wheat-free food. I checked you had received my request -you had. But no wheat-free food was provided. What kind of system can go that badly wrong?

TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE:
Jilly, we get things right 99% of the the time but did mess up on this occassion by not having a full compliment of wheat free products for you from day one - it came down to human error. We used our contacts in the field to ensure we picked up wheat free supplies en route and did allocate all existing wheat free provisions to you as soon as we realised this error to ensure you didn't go hungry. I do hope this didn't detract from your overall enjoyment of the trip.
Your Guide
Superb - thank you.
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by Grith Hansen 29/07/2015

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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They were great company, very skilled, good jokes! - and we always felt that we were in safe hands.
The Bottom Line
Even bad weather and midges could not spoil the trip.

by Colin Bradshaw 19/07/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

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5The Bottom Line

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Clear information. Well thought out answers to questions.
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by Ingrid van der Zande 18/06/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

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5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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Trip Comments
Would be helpful if you could identify the trip in the survey - did 2 back to back trips and not entirely which survey is for what
Accommodation and Food
The chef was excellent. Had a couple of snapping tent poles – one that just snapped while we were in the tent – never experienced that before.
Your Guide
Howard was an amazing and very knowledgeable guide – was able to work around problematic weather and paddling conditions so that we were still able to complete most of the trip. Both Andy and Howard worked tirelessly to provide the best service for the guests.
The Bottom Line
Paddling through the skerries was the absolute highlight of this trip – just an amazing place.

by Sally Carr 16/06/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
I had to cancel my original trip booking because of something important that came up at work, and I greatly appreciated being able to transfer the deposit to another trip over the coming year.
Trip Comments
The guides were great - very competent but also very relaxed and personable. They made sure everyone was safe and dealt with the things that came up very calmly and without fuss. Food was good and I appreciated the gluten-free options provided.
Accommodation and Food
As someone who needed gluten-free options, it was great to have such good quality substitutes provided. The wraps were particularly good. The only thing I'd say could have been better was that the guides weren't aware what was meant to be used at which dinners - as a consequence we used all the gluten-free noodles at one meal (some eaten by others in the group), meaning there were none available on another night when they were probably intended to be eaten - but it wasn't a big deal and there was plenty of food. I just had to have wraps with dinner as well as lunch on one day!
TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE: Thanks for your valuable comments this can be passed on to make future improvements.
Your Guide
As I say, they were excellent.
The Bottom Line
I thought the whole thing was great. We weren't lucky with the weather to start with, but the guides made the best choices they could under the circumstances and gave us an excellent experience. Seeing two otters skittering off a rock into the sea was the highlight for me.

by Caroline van der Zande 14/06/2015

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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I really enjoyed the Outer Hebrides trip - the base camp area was very nice. The paddling conditions were sometimes pushing my limits but Howard and Erin were excellent guides and kept us all safe.
Accommodation and Food
Howard put in a lot of effort in the cooking of the meals and always providing us with hot drinks. Most of the meals were very good - especially liked the risotto. My least favorite meals were the vegetable curry and the chili. It would also be nice to have more variety for breakfast instead of always having a choice of porridge or granola.
Your Guide
Howard and Erin were excellent. They were very good at finding paddling routes to suit the conditions and that gave a variety of experiences and landscapes. I especially appreciated all the effort Howard put into making our meals.
The Bottom Line
The Outer Hebrides trip was great - paddling conditions can be challenging sometimes with wind and waves but the guides were very good at planning routes to suit the conditions.

by Caroline van der Zande 14/06/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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Trip Comments
I really enjoyed the paddling around the skerries - it helped that we had a beautiful day to enjoy the area.
Accommodation and Food
Howard and Andy put in a lot of effort in cooking our meals (sometimes in trying conditions) - I really appreciated this. Most of the meals were very good - I especially liked the risotto. A bit more variety for breakfast would have been nice instead of just porridge or granola.
TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE: Thank you for your valuable comments these are really important in helping to improve for future trips.
Your Guide
Howard and Andy were great in dealing with the bad weather we had at the start of our trip to find the best places to paddle and camp given the conditions.
The Bottom Line
Arisaig is a beautiful area for paddling with varied landscapes and lots of seal sightings. Howard and Andy did a great job planning our daily routes and we managed to do a lot of paddling even thought we started out with a few days of very poor weather conditions.

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13th May - 18th May 2017
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10th Jun - 15th Jun 2017
£775
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5th Aug - 10th Aug 2017
£775
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Trip Details

Our exploration of the Sound of Arisaig is the perfect trip to sample the amazing beauty of the West Coast and Inner Hebrides.

Journeying by sea kayak we discover this remarkable coastal landscape with its plethora of marine wildlife and birds.

The vistas are inspiring – the white sandy beaches of Arisaig set against the backdrop of the dramatic but gracefully sculpted Small Isles of Rum, Eigg and Muck.

You will experience remote campsites on isolated beaches and on islands covered by colourful natural woodlands where you can relax after a day on the water. These relatively sheltered waters are the perfect place to enjoy a sea kayaking expedition, developing your skills under the close eye of our expert guide and experiencing some of the best sea kayaking to be found anywhere in the world.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 – Sea kayaking in the Sound of Arisaig
Sea kayaking in Scotland is at its best in the Sound of Arisaig. We travel via Loch Ness to our put-in point near Arisaig where the expedition begins. We prepare the sea kayaks and discuss safety procedures before setting off, kayaking past the dramatic Castle Tioram into the sheltered waters of Loch Moidart. Sea kayaking next to stands of Caledonian pines on the shoreline, we set up camp on the magical island of Eilean Shona. (D)

Day 2 – Eilean Shona to Ardnish
After a leisurely breakfast, we continue our sea kayaking journey to Arisaig. We kayak northwards, with unparalleled views of the famous An Sgurr mountain on Eigg and the Cuillins of Rum. Kayaking across the entrance to Loch Ailort, we head for the Ardnish peninsula and establish camp on the beach at Peanmeanach. (B, L, D)

Day 3 – Ardnish to Loch nan Uamh
Today’s sea kayaking journey follows the coastline of the Ardnish peninsula near Arisaig. We kayak in Loch nan Uamh, exploring its part in the Jacobite rebellion of the 1740’s, before landing our kayaks in a remote bay on the north shore and setting up camp. (B, L, D)

Day 4 – Loch nan Uamh to South Morar
One of the joys of sea kayaking in Scotland is exploring the many islands and skerries which dot our coastline. Loch an Uamh has hundreds of such islands. We enjoy an idyllic day of kayaking along this stunning loch before setting up our final camp on a remote beach in South Morar. (B, L, D)

Day 5 – South Morar to Skerries
A challenging day of kayaking as we paddle round a remote headland and into the South Channel of Loch nan Ceall. With superb views out to the Small Isles of Eigg and Rum and seal colonies amongst the skerries, this is one of the best sea kayaking journeys in Scotland. (B, L, D)

Day 6 – Skerries to Arisaig
We sea kayak our way through the beach-fringed islands that guard the entrance to Arisaig. Trailed by seals and a myriad of sea birds, we kayak into Arisaig harbour and come to the end of our journey. We then travel back to Inverness for the end of this adventure holiday. (B, L)

PLEASE NOTE – Wilderness Scotland highly recommends that you have at least five days of sea kayaking experience before joining this trip. Please contact us if you are unsure if it is suitable for you as we will be happy to offer advice and can recommend which sea kayaking trip is most appropriate for your level of ability. Please also note that the itinerary may be subject to change at the discretion of the Wilderness Scotland Guide having regard to weather conditions and other factors.

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£775
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5th Aug - 10th Aug 2017
£775
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Duration: 5 night(s)

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Location: West Highlands including Knoydart

Comfort: Wilderness Camping

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One of the best WS trips I've ever done (and as you know I've done a few) !

Kathryn Gee
13/09/2015

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Craig Hole
08/09/2015

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