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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.

ACCOMMODATION AND MEALS

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.

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 £350 is charged if a single room is available.

ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE

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

Customer Kudos

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by Gayle Kosydar 05/09/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
We went on the 5 night/6 day kayaking trip w/Miles & Crayson. Both Miles and Crayson were so impressive. Their ying & yang was perfect. This was a trip of a life time and perfect in every way. We lucked out and had an awesome group of people to share this adventure with. I love the way Miles gave us daily choices. I woke up the 2nd morning not feeling well which escalated in to having to take a couple days off as not to spread my germs to others. Miles was very good about this. No pressure at all. His knowledge is remarkable and he is an amazing leader, guide and host. A real gem in the rough. Us being a group of new kayakers he was patient with us and listened to our concerns. If there was one thing I would have changed would have been have a hiking day in the middle of the trip to give everyone a break from the boats. I also understand weather has a lot to do w/our schedule too. All in all I want to come back and do this trip again when I am not sick. A big Thanks You to Miles, Crayson & Wilderness Scotland for making this one of the best Birthday gifts from my hubby ever. Wish you all much Peace, Love and Happiness.
Trip Comments
Highlight for me was getting to paddle w/a scag. This was new for me and took some getting use to. I enjoyed seeing all the wildlife great and small.
Accommodation and Food
Nothing to improve with your choice of lodging at Torradon Inn or the food. I have a special diet that was accommodated for perfectly. Thanks
Your Guide
Miles you are more than impressive with your knowledge and your love of sharing it w/others. I went away with a whole lot more knowledge than I came in with. Thank You Crayson, you are a charm to be around. Your easy going professional nature is refreshing to be around. You made me feel very comfortable and not intimidating at all. I wish you the best in your new chapter.
The Bottom Line
From their first email to the final hugs good-bye to our Guides this whole experience was perfect in every way. The first impression comes with the sign up for the trip. Wilderness Scotland's professionalism in communication was appreciated. The information we received for the trip we signed up for was spot on right down to the midge net. Our meeting w/our guide & group at the train station was warm and we instantly felt welcomed. The week was amazing and the experience was more than I could ever have imagined. I am looking forward to a return trip. Thank you Wilderness Scotland.

by Christina Malathouni 27/08/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

4Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

4Your Guide

4The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
The link to the wevpage about fitness preparation for the trip was not very obvious. It took me a while to come across it.
Trip Comments
An early discussion with each member of the group, about prior experience in the main activities, would have been good.
Accommodation and Food
Accommodatiob and food were very good, as expected for the trip price.
Your Guide
As mentioned before, a conversation with each member of the group, about any prior experience in the main activities, would have been good. Also better structured instructions for absolute beginners. Some of the basic advice was given very hastily. Also challenges were not gradual. For example, launch in day two was quite challenging, but day four much easier. Most of the group coped fibe but I struggled and gave up kayaking in day two, but could have managed day four.
The Bottom Line
An enjoyable trip with a good group of guides and fellow travellers.

by Frances Ross 27/08/2017

4Pre-Trip Service

4Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

4The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
There were things that I did not know until I actually did the trip; that is,I could not have foreseen. That the kayak would be quite different from the kayak I had had such a good experience with in the past. Also I would not have classified this trip beginner. However if I were much younger it might have been perceived as such! Given the adjustments I had to make, apart from a lot of shoulder and arm pain I had a wonderful time. The scenery and wildlife and being on the water were an awesome experience.
Accommodation and Food
All the restaurants were excellent. Torridon inn was lovely, friendly, comfortable and with a great atmosphere.
Your Guide
I thought the way Myles and Craydon worked together was very lovely. Both were excellent.
We had, I thought, a particularly good group who were supportive and helpful and I certainly appreciated all the lifting and carrying the men did.
The Bottom Line
Ask a lot of questions about trips to make sure the level is right for you before you sign up.

by Michael Holmes 27/08/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Excellent pre-trip advice on kit required for what was my first kayak holiday
Trip Comments
Excellent trip - exceeded my expectations. Hugely impressed with the professionalism of the guide(s) and their knowledge of the local wildlife, environment, flora and fauna. Also the kit provided by WS was excellent.
Accommodation and Food
Accommodation was ideal - comfortable with a large ensuite and (most important) oodles of hot water. Food in the hotel and the various pubs we eat at was excellent as were the packed lunches.
Your Guide
our guides (Myles & Crayston) were excellent. They offered us a range of routes to suit our abilities and managed to provide options that suited everyone. Having 2 vehicles so that we could extend our routes without retracing our steps was a real boon. The places we visited were really interesting and the knowledge of the guides on the wildlife, geology, flora and fauna made the trips even more interesting.
The Bottom Line
Exceeded my expectations

by Anne Schroeder 02/08/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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by Suzanne Belanger 01/08/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
the answer to the original email I sent was nice but not very helpful but since I called before receiving it, the service over the phone was excellent
Trip Comments
the longer paddle from Applecross was absolutely wonderful
Accommodation and Food
the staff at the Torridon Inn was nice but a bit aloof.
Your Guide
they we fabulous and excellent at finding activities for a group with different kayaking experience and abilities
The Bottom Line
excellent trip and a very pleasant way to discover the kayaking potential of the Scottish Highlands

by Petra Grell 31/07/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Easy, no fuss, competent and friendly people
Trip Comments
Every single day of paddling was a highlight itself, being on the water in such an amazing environment with like-minded people. The one day hiking - it was a blowy day - was a new experience for me and some of my muscles in my upper leg, but I loved it.
Accommodation and Food
Accommodation was great, food was really good. I was surprised to learn, that Scottish people sometimes add "a dram" (whisky) to their porridge, I was too faint-hearted to give it a try. Maybe next year.
Your Guide
Craig and Lucy are excellent guides for outdoor trips, both well-trained, knowledgeable, attentive, and enjoying the experience themselves and never ever hesitating a moment to go the extra mile to make this trip to a wonderful experience for everybody. Just one example of many: They organized spontaneously a double kayak for two participants to make the paddling more comfortable for them, even so they had to bike nearly two hours to Applecross in the morning (and evening) to make it happen. Lucy is such an inspiring blithe spirit, you feel immediately cheerful in her presence. And her competence makes you feel safe and secure all the time. Craig is very skilled, attentive and interested in peoples perspectives and experiences. He is able to identify the right amount of adventure/challenge for everybody and also radiates a sense of calm to create a relaxed atmosphere.
The Bottom Line
This was my third set kayak trip with Wilderness Scotland, I loved each one of these trips and will do one next year again. Every guide I met was truly excellent, well-trained and knowledgable and made with his or her personality the trip special and inspiring in different ways. Food and accommodation is always brilliant, has been this year again. The locations to paddle are stunningly beautiful, always, because the guides know exactly which area to choose under which conditions. This year I choose an introduction course (even so I am quite experienced) because I wanted to accompany a good friend of mine. My friend was worried, I might get bored in an introduction course, but I was sure I would not. And I was right! The guides are so incredibly skilled that they manage to make the trip an inspiring experience for everybody and last but not least, sea kayaking in such well chosen, amazing landscapes and scenery is marvelous.

by Mary Reese 30/07/2017

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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by Sue Burbage 23/07/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Pleased with how we were kept readily informed about our trip with all the info we needed in plenty of time.
Trip Comments
Guides couldn't have been better. Accommodated everyone to ensure we all had a good time and weren't pushed beyond our limits. Other members of the group were great fun to be with, all bonding well. One laugh after another!
Accommodation and Food
Good accommodation. Slight TV and shower issues but were sort of solved. Breakfast could've been earlier. Staff excellent and good food. Wonderful location. Rooms lovely and clean, spacious and tasteful.
Your Guide
Couldn't have been better. Excellent. Friendly, informative, fun and very accommodating ensuring each of us had a great time and weren't pushed beyond our limits. 11/10!
The Bottom Line
Excellent everything - organisation, guides, activities and other group members. A trip to remember. Second holiday with WS and will certainly choose them first when looking for a similar break.

by Christine Appleyard 23/07/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Very helpful.
Trip Comments
Lucy and Craig were unceasingly patient enthusiastic and great company.
Accommodation and Food
There seemed to be a great deal of confusion around our bill at the Torridon.
Your Guide
Lucy and Craig are first rate guides: skilled , enthusiastic; patient and able to meet the needs of differing levels of skill/fitness. They are great company with the highest level of organisational skills.
The Bottom Line
This is my third Wilderness experience. I shall keep an eye open for further adventures. The professionalism of the guides and wider team is outstanding.

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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. Our guide to client ratio of 1:4 ensures there’s plenty of time for individual coaching. Enjoy a gentle journey around the picturesque 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

Take a break from the kayaks and give your body a rest while we explore a bit more of the North-West Highlands. We transfer north to the village of Gairloch. Join our guide on an easy hike; or enjoy some free time to explore the village, known for its wonderful beaches. A popular option is to take a boat trip in search of dolphins or whales (pay locally). Or, you can choose to relax back at the hotel, in the wonderful scenery. (B)

Day 5 – Sea kayaking in Applecross

Refreshed from yesterday, we get back into our kayaks. Explore the many wonderful coastal features along the idyllic Applecross Peninsula. Back on land, a drink at the waterside Applecross Inn is the only possible way to end our time on the peninsula. Tonight we’ll enjoy a celebratory final meal at a renowned 3 AA Rosette restaurant. (B,L,D)

Day 6 – A final hike and then home

On our final morning, enjoy a leisurely breakfast before checking out of the Inn. Soak up the incredible views on a short hike with your guide above the beautiful Loch Maree. 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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Customer Kudos
From their first email to the final hugs good-bye to our Guides this whole experience was perfect in every way. The first impression comes with the sign up for the trip. Wilderness Scotland's professionalism in communication was appreciated. The information we received for the trip we signed up for was spot on right down to the midge net. Our meeting w/our guide & group at the train station was warm and we instantly felt welcomed. The week was amazing and the experience was more than I could ever have imagined. I am looking forward to a return trip. Thank you Wilderness Scotland.

Gayle Kosydar
05/09/2017

5

An enjoyable trip with a good group of guides and fellow travellers.

Christina Malathouni
27/08/2017

4

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