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Sea Kayaking – West Coast Explorer

Trip Highlights – West Coast Explorer

  • Discover the fabulous sea kayaking on Scotland’s west coast, exploring locations such as Plockton, Skye and Knoydart
  • Experience an overnight sea kayaking expedition, packing everything you need into your kayak and wild camping
  • Revel in the flexibility of an itinerary which combines some nights indoors and other nights camping wild – the best of both worlds!
  • 5 nights accommodation, combining a hostel and wild camping
  • All meals, from lunch on Day 1 through to breakfast 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 graded sea kayaking trips are suitable for fit paddlers with a minimum of 5 full days of sea kayaking experience, with a basic level of technical competence. You can expect 6/7 hours of sea kayaking each day, with plenty of 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.

The kayaking will be in coastal waters with few open crossings but you can expect to be paddling in some choppier conditions during the trip. This may be around Sea State 3 (with waves up to 1m high). On the higher Blue grade trips you may be paddling in more exposed areas and encounter stronger winds and waves up to Sea State 4.

If you are unsure about your experience or about Sea States, please give us a call or email to discuss. If you do not yet have enough experience we suggest our Green graded sea kayaking trips.

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

ACCOMMODATION AND MEALS

On this trip we have use of a bunkhouse for the duration of the trip that offers us a dry base. Accommodation is in dormitory style rooms and will be split into male and female rooms. For the bunkhouse you must bring a sleeping bag and towel. There are no single rooms available.

We will also bring along all the equipment needed for us to go an overnight camping trip by sea kayak, and we very much intend to do this given the opportunity. For the camping nights we provide single tents, unless you request a tent to share, plus we also bring a large tipi style tent so that we can all gather together for meals and a hot drink even if the weather is poor. For camping you will need sleeping bag and sleeping mat, which can be hired from us.

Meals will be prepared either at the hostel or while camping, except for the final night, when we’ll go to a local pub for a celebratory meal. The guide will co-ordinate and undertake as much of the cooking as possible on the trip, but everyone is asked to help out with the preparation of meals and with washing up. Expedition life is all about teamwork!

ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE
You will be met by your Wilderness Scotland Guide in the centre of Inverness Railway Station at 10:30am on Day 1 of your 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/

 

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by Roberta Hewitt 14/09/2017

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
The Bottom Line

by Sharron Boulton 03/09/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Very easily and simple to use.
Trip Comments
The leaders were excellent, all connection details concise and the itinerary wonderful. Nothing too much trouble between Howard & Billie everything was run exceptionally well. Guiding & tuition top notch and the food was excellent.
Accommodation and Food
Spot on - nourishing and tasty. Accommodation just what was required. May be a little more heating in the bunk house to ensure things could be dried out.
Your Guide
Tremendously knowledgeable, encouraging - I felt safe all the time
The Bottom Line
Highly recommend to anyone - you'll be amazed what you can achieve and experience!

by Heike Poepperl 03/09/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Prompt answers, remainders
Trip Comments
Well organized trips and locations, adapted to the weather conditions. Fun things to do and see.
Great camping and bunk house cooking.
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
Howard and Billy did a great job (guiding, instructing, cooking).
The Bottom Line
Well organised, I would do it again (maybe I actually will) any time.

by Joseph Farrugia 28/08/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
detailed information about desired level of experience and requirements for trip
Trip Comments
excellent paddling sites chosen according to weather conditions; great team effort by all participants; very experienced guides (Howard and Bill); attention to safety given utmost importance
Accommodation and Food
Considering we were sleeping in a bunkhouse or camp the food was unexpectedly good; Howard took the trouble of not just overseeing (and cooking himself) meal preparation but of even catching mackerel and cooking it for us
Your Guide
Howard and Bill were just superb; full marks from my end; they basically went out of their way to make the trip a memorable expedition
The Bottom Line
You will almost certainly be seeing me again

by Judith Johnson 27/08/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
All queries responded to promptly and the dossier contained all relevant information
Trip Comments
Loved all of it. The kayaking was fun, challenging at times, but always enjoyable. I got a great sense of achievement from having kayaked across a slightly turbulent sea and Howard and Billy were fantastic guides.
Accommodation and Food
The hostel was clean and I have never been so glad to see a shower when we returned from the camping trip.
Food was great. It was amazing what Howard could cook on a one ring burner!
Thanks for arranging the lacto-free stuff, other holiday companies always forget so I was so pleased when I saw it in the bag! Could have done with some dairy free cake. The tray bake looked amazing but not dairy free.
Your Guide
Howard and Billy - you done good! Great teamwork to make the trip so enjoyable.
The cooking was amazing and the whole trip was really well organised - despite Henry's (?) efforts to sabotage it!
Thanks to Billy, I now have a bit of a whisky thing
The Bottom Line
WS provides a real opportunity to get away from it all and challenge yourself in an outdoor environment. It was an opportunity to meet other people who enjoy the same activity as you in a fun relaxed atmosphere.

by Ian Little 18/07/2017

4Pre-Trip Service

4Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

4Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Good relevant information available. Once I booked I continued to get e-mails urging me to book. Your dbase updating could be better.
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
Food was good, and nice touch to have the meal paid for on final night. Bunkhouse was good, but like most is noisy due to banging doors & hard floors.
Your Guide
Highly skilled guides who were patient & worked hard to teach skills. I may be wrong, but I felt we could have had a little more time on the water. Eg the first afternoon was windy, but finding a sheltered area would have allowed some basic reminders on skills to have occurred earlier.
The Bottom Line
A super trip, benefitting from good weather which enabled us to access some great locations which the guides did well to identify. Camping was good fun, with campsite on uninhabited island in Loch Bracadale hard to beat! Guides showed concern that everyone was ok & enjoying the trip.

by John Houseman 18/07/2017

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
The information about the holiday was very clear and comprehensive. It allowed me to make my choice and answered all my questions. The area which could be better is the on line booking - it kept failing at the last step after I had entered all the information, in the end I had to resort to booking by telephone.
Trip Comments
The trip was extremely well planned and executed by the two guides. I learn a lot about both kayaking technique and understanding how the sea and weather impacts kayaking. We visited some wonderful places, remote islands, beaches, caves. Food was wonderful and in no short supply. The people were great to be with. A wonderful 6 days.
Accommodation and Food
The bund house was warm and fully met my expectations. A drying room was nice. The location was excellent - in a remote valley with stunning mountains. The food was great and there was plenty to go around - including the cooking and lunches done on the wild camp days.
Your Guide
Extremely knowledgeable, always took our safety as their priority but also took time to explain there decisions. However also a sense of fun and adventure and took us to great places - letting us get to grips with our new skills. Also genuinely nice people - fun to be with.
The Bottom Line
I had a wonderful time, much better than I had hoped for. The experiences will stay for a life time.

by Will Mushat 16/07/2017

3Pre-Trip Service

4Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
The gear list that was sent was for walking holidays and not kayaking. The correct list was sent after we contacted the office
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
Food was great considering we we remote. Might need to think about quantities in the lunch bags. A couple of more packets of cold meat would have been useful and you could think about dumping the tins of mackerel! I think we ended up stockpiling them by the end of the week.
Your Guide
Excellent support from Zoe and Jen. Top class guides and instruction expertly tailored to the individual experience of the participants.
The Bottom Line
With fair weather and relatively calm seas the kayaking around Skye was superb. The views from our remote camp on the uninhabited island of Wiay were amazing. Great tip, great guides and a great bunch of fellow kayakers made it a memorable few days.

by Jo Mushat 16/07/2017

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
Kayaking to Wiay to camp on our own island for the night.
Accommodation and Food
The hostel was clean and tidy with plenty of bathrooms.
Your Guide
Zoe and Jen were very knowledgeable and taught skills at appropriate levels for each individual depending on their experience. They were great fun and always in good humour.
The Bottom Line
Excellent trip especially if the weather is good. Skye and Plockton were fabulous places to paddle.

by Ann Hull 25/06/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
The Morvich bunkhouse is a nice bunkhouse with good facilities. The effort that goes into providing an easy and varied menu over the week must be enormous - effort well spent as the food is great.
Your Guide
Donald is an excellent, confidence-inducing and good fun guide.
The Bottom Line

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Trip Details

The West Coast Explorer is designed to highlight the best of what sea kayaking in Scotland can offer.

This holiday is a perfect choice to get a test of expedition-style sea kayaking. We are based at a bunkhouse in the West Highlands, but we also come prepared with all the equipment we need to go on overnight wild camping trips by sea kayak. This makes the itinerary very flexible, allowing a choice to camp for 1, 2 or even 3 nights over the course of this 5 night trip depending on the weather and sea conditions. On the west coast we are spoiled for choice of great kayaking spots – including Kintail, Plockton, Loch Hourn at Knoydart and the Isle of Skye.

 

Trip Itinerary

 

Day 1 – Welcome and onto the water

After meeting in Inverness this morning we travel to Kintail in the West Highlands. Here we settle in to our bunkhouse accommodation. Then, after lunch and an opening briefing, we head out for an afternoon sea kayaking at Loch Duich, where we can kayak past the iconic Eilean Donan Castle! Overnight at the bunkhouse. (L, D)

Day 2 – Sea Kayak touring and coaching

We head out for a day sea kayaking. There are so many places to choose from! Perhaps we’ll paddle with the seals at Plockton, or maybe head across the Skye Bridge and explore the islands of Broadford Bay. As we kayak our guides will offer tips and advice to improve your sea kayaking skills. Return to the hostel late afternoon to plan our expedition! (B,L,D)

Day 3, 4 & 5 – Sea Kayaking on overnight expedition

Having checked the weather, sea state and tides the previous evening, we will set off on an overnight expedition, wild camping along the way. This allows us to explore some really wild locations. For example, we could venture to Knoydart and explore the wild coast of Loch Hourn, or possibly even go to Skye and explore some of its 400 miles of spectacular coastline. We will wild camp in remote locations, revelling in spectacular scenery. On Day 5, we return to the hostel late afternoon, enjoy a shower and then head out to a local pub for a slap up meal! (B,L,D).

Day 6 – Final paddle and return to Inverness

After breakfast, we enjoy a final morning paddle before packing up and returning to Inverness, arriving late afternoon. (B)

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Roberta Hewitt
14/09/2017

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Highly recommend to anyone - you'll be amazed what you can achieve and experience!

Sharron Boulton
03/09/2017

5

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