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Sea Kayaking – The Scottish Highlands

Combine adventure with comfort as you enjoy day trips sea kayaking and hiking, returning to overnight at a Highland Inn, set on the shores of spectacular Loch Torridon.

With a 1:4 guide to client ratio, learn essential sea kayaking skills as you explore the outstanding coastal scenery of the Torridon region, kayaking in the sheltered waters of its sea lochs.

Take a break from the kayaks to enjoy an easy hike – allowing you to experience the scenery from the land as well as the sea.

  • The services of our experienced and knowledgeable sea kayaking / hiking guides (guide ratio 1:4) throughout your trip
  • 5 nights accommodation at a warm and comfortable Highland Inn on the shores of Loch Torridon.
  • 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, paddles and buoyancy aids

Green Graded Sea Kayaking Holidays 1-3

Green graded sea kayaking trips are suitable for those with little or no previous sea kayaking experience. There is an emphasis on instruction and developing your skills while enjoying the surroundings of some superb locations. You will be able to progress your skills and experience throughout the trip.

You should have a reasonable level of fitness and you can expect up to 6 hours of sea kayaking each day, with 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.

In the event of bad weather preventing us from kayaking your guide will offer an alternative activity such as an easy hike.


You will be based in a comfortable Highland Inn on the shores of Loch Torridon. The Inn offers modern accommodation in a stunning location. A great place to stay, eat and drink. 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 Inn or visit other local restaurants, which offer good food at reasonable prices.

On this trip we generally eat dinner as a group however if you would like to make alternative arrangements you are free to do so. Your guide will have an evening off during this trip where they do not eat with the group. They will recommend options for dinner that evening and will help you make any necessary reservations.


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 £365 is charged if a single room is available.

Due to the nature of the accommodations we use, single supplements are limited and are allocated on a first come first served basis.


You will be met by your Wilderness Scotland Guide eat 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 Details

Whether you’re a first-time sea kayaker, or if you’ve paddled in destinations across the globe, kayaking in Scotland should be on your bucket-list.

Our expert guides teach essential sea kayaking skills while you journey through some of the best coastal scenery in Scotland’s Northwest Highlands.

This trip combines sea kayaking with some easy hiking. Kayak through sheltered sea lochs and gaze up at the towering Torridon mountains. Mid-trip, enjoy a day off to either rest and recover, or join our guide on an easy hike. Stay in a friendly Highland Inn based on the shores of Loch Torridon. After a day of kayaking in Scotland it’s nice to return to your cosy accommodation to relax in the evenings, enjoying comfortable rooms and hearty meals.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrival and sea kayaking

Meet your guide in Inverness before a transfer north-west to Torridon. After lunch at a local cafe we’ll take to the water. This afternoon will be a short introductory session to get us ready for the coming days. Late afternoon, we check into the Inn, where there will be time to shower and settle in before dinner. (L,D)

Day 2 – Sea kayaking Loch Shieldaig

Today we will build on the basic skills we covered yesterday, ensuring that you have the essential tools for the journeys we’ll be taking in the coming days. With a guide to client ratio of 1:4, there is plenty of time for individual coaching from the guides, regardless of your skill level. When everyone is comfortable in the water, we’ll enjoy a gentle journey around beautiful Loch Shieldaig,  looking out for wildlife as we paddle. (B, L)

Day 3 – Sea kayaking Loch Kishorn

A short transfer south takes us to another beautiful inlet, Loch Kishorn. With new skills fresh in your mind, we’ll undertake a classic sea kayak journey. Venture along the coast, passing remote bays and perhaps out to wild uninhabited islands. Watch out for rare wildlife such as sea eagles, otters and, if we are lucky, dolphins or porpoises. Back at the Inn, we reflect on our progress and look forward to the coming adventures. (B,L)

Day 4 – Rest day: guided hike or own activity

Today we take a break from the kayaks, giving our bodies a rest and allowing us to explore a bit more of the north-west highlands. We transfer north to the village of Gairloch. Here, you can choose to join our guide on an easy hike; or simply enjoy some free time to explore the village, which is known for its wonderful beaches. A popular option is to take a boat trip in search of dolphins or whales (pay locally). Alternatively, you can choose to relax back at the hotel, enjoying the wonderful scenery. (B)

Day 5 – Sea kayaking in Applecross

Refreshed from a day off the water, we get back into our kayaks today to explore the idyllic coastline of the Applecross peninsula. There are many wonderful coastal features to discover here, making this a day to remember. Back on land, a drink at the waterside Applecross Inn is the only possible way to end our time on the peninsula. Back at the Inn, we freshen up before enjoying a celebratory final night meal. (B, L, D)

Day 6 – A final hike and then home

On our final morning, we enjoy a leisurely breakfast before checking out of the Inn. We enjoy a short hike with the guide above beautiful Loch Maree, which provides incredible views for not too much effort! It’s a wonderful place to reflect on the trip before we transfer back to Inverness, arriving late afternoon. (B, L)

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by Ashley Groenke 02/10/2018

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by John Yates 01/10/2018

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2 slightly nervous customers had a truly memorable 5 days despite the poorish weather, largely due to Craig's knowledge and experience of the area to get the very best out and safest fabulous holiday.

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