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    Sea Kayaking
    The Scottish Highlands

    61 review(s)

    Next Trip(s): 17th Jun | 1st Jul Duration: 6 Days / 5 Nights

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    Region: North West Highlands
    Trip Type: Sea Kayaking
    Accommodation: Classic
    Max Group Size: 8
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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.

    Join us on a journey through some of the best coastal scenery in Scotland’s Northwest Highlands. Kayak through sheltered sea lochs, navigate stunning coastlines and gaze up at the towering peaks of the Torridon mountains. On the fourth day of this trip, we’ll transfer south to the picturesque village of Plockton, our home for the final few days of the trip. Paddling off the wild shores of Wester Ross, Coigach and Assynt – classic kayaking territory with many islands and sea lochs.

    Stay in friendly Highland accommodation based on the shores of Loch Torridon and the picturesque village of Plockton. After a day of kayaking in Scotland you’ll return to your cosy accommodation to relax in the evenings, enjoying comfortable rooms and hearty meals.

    Trip Highlights

    • Combine adventure with comfort as you enjoy day trips exploring the coast and returning to cozy Highland Inns.
    • With a 1:4 guide to client ratio, learn essential sea kayaking skills as you explore the outstanding coastal scenery of the north west Highlands, kayaking in the sheltered waters of its sea lochs.
    • Look out for the amazing wildlife, including marine animals like seals, dolphins, porpoise and otters as well as a huge amount of bird life including fishing heron and majestic eagles soaring through the endless sky.

    Day by Day Itinerary

    Day 1 – Arrival and sea kayaking

    Meeting your guide in Inverness, you’ll transfer north-west to Torridon. After a welcome briefing and lunch we take to the water for an introductory skills session and a short paddle around a small island where there is a sea eagles nest. Arriving at the Highland Inn early this evening there will be time to 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 guest ratio of 1:4, there is plenty of time for individual coaching to make sure you are comfortable in the boat and on the water.  We’ll enjoy a gentle journey around beautiful Loch Shieldaig. The water here is so clear you can see meters down to the sea floor. Look out for the incredible diverse sea life including starfish, sea urchins, crabs and countless different types of fish as you explore the coastline. (B, L)

    Day 3 – Sea kayaking in Applecross

    Today a short transfer around the coast will take you to the remote Applecross peninsula. Home to pristine sandy beaches and turquoise water, there are wonderful coastal features to discover. The peninsula is home to lots of free roaming Highland cattle so look out for them on the shore as you glide past. Depending on where you paddle today you might finish at the famous Applecross Inn where you’ll enjoy a drink to toast the day. (B, L)

    Day 4 – Transfer day: Torridon to Plockton

    After breakfast today we’ll load up the kayaks as we transfer south to the beautiful village of Plockton. On the way we’ll stop to enjoy a classic sea kayaking journey on the beautiful Loch Kishorn. We’ll travel along the coast and perhaps venture to a remote deserted island for lunch. Back on dry land we’ll head to Plockton where you can settle into the accommodation before enjoying a drink with a view out to the Isle of Skye. (B, L)

    Day 5 – Over the sea to Skye

    Today we’ll head over the sea to Skye for our day’s paddle. There is something incredibly special about exploring the famous island in a way not many people get to experience. We’ll head today to Loch Slapin where we can explore the wild coastline with the mighty peak of Bla Bheinn (Blaven), keeping a steady watch over us. Seals are prevalent in this area and are known to pop up beside kayaks or watch curiously from the kelp covered rocks. We’ll return to our welcoming accommodation tonight for a final celebratory meal together.  (B, L, D)

    Day 6 – Kayaks and Castles

    After breakfast and packing up today we’ll head out for a final morning paddle on Loch Duich. Well known as an otter habitat we’ll keep our eyes peeled for a dark head emerging from the kelp or the swish and splash of a tail. We’ll end the trip with a circumnavigation of Eilean Donan on which one of the most picturesque castles in Scotland sits. After lunch and back on dry land we’ll leave the west coast behind and return to Inverness for your onward journey home. (B, L)

    Sea Kayaking
    The Scottish Highlands

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    On this trip you’ll be based in comfortable Highland Inns which offer warm and welcoming accommodation in stunning locations as well as fantastic places to eat, sleep and relax after a great day out on the water. Enjoy a variety of fresh local produce throughout the trip. Of course, dietary requirements can be catered for, just let us know at the time of booking.


    There is no supplement charged to solo travellers, however, you will be required to share a room with another person of the same sex. If you request a room for single occupancy, a supplement of £375 is charged.

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

    Meals Read More

    Breakfasts and 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 accommodation 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.

    Inclusions Read More
    • 5 nights accommodation at warm and comfortable Highland Inns
    • 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, spray decks, paddles, waterproof cags and buoyancy aids
    • The services of our experienced and knowledgeable sea kayaking / hiking guides (guide ratio 1:4) throughout your trip
    Travel Read More

    You will be met by your Wilderness Scotland Guide at 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/

    If you would like to use your own vehicle on the trip please get in touch with our team to discuss.

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    Make This Trip Private

    Fancy this trip just for your group? Get together with family and friends spend quality time exploring wild places. A private trip allows you to benefit from all the features of the group departure, including hand-picked accommodation and expert local guides but with the advantage of the flexibility to tailor the days to your group. Make the trip more or less challenging depending on your experience or choose to add in some optional extras like castle or distillery visits depending on your interests. The price of a private trip will depend on the number of travellers in your group. Let us know your prefered departure date and we'll take care of the rest.

    Speak to an Expert

    Chris Page

    Chris has grown up and spent the majority of his life living in the Highlands and Islands. As a keen nature enthusiast, Chris particularly enjoys the feeling of freedom and reconnection when out and about in the hills. His main passions include hiking, trail running and climbing with a side of relaxing by the campfire, sharing stories and embracing the simplicity that an outdoor lifestyle has to offer. Chris learned to sea kayak in the lochs of the Scottish Highlands and can tell you a thing or two about the majesty of the landscape and experiencing it from the water.

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    Difficulty Grades Explained

    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.

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    Trip Reviews

    Rated 4.93 out of 5 based on 61 review(s) of Sea Kayaking – The Scottish Highlands


    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.


    Heather Andrew

    Reviewed on 04/10/2021

    Age: 50 - 60
    Country: United Kingdom
    Trip Date: 17/09/2021
    Trips Taken: 1

    The Bottom Line

    The Bottom Line

    Well organised and very enjoyable


    Joanna Wray

    Reviewed on 04/09/2021

    Age: 40 - 50
    Country: United Kingdom
    Trip Date: 20/08/2021
    Trips Taken: 1

    The Bottom Line


    Michael Stewart

    Reviewed on 28/08/2021

    Age: 60 - 70
    Country: United Kingdom
    Trip Date: 20/08/2021
    Trips Taken: 1

    The Bottom Line

    The Bottom Line

    Scotland at its best. Excellent sea kayaking in blue skies, clear water and mostly warm. Informed and engaging guides creating insights that would have been missed without them.

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