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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.
After meeting in Inverness this morning we travel to Kintail in the West Highlands. Here we settle into 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)
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)
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)
After breakfast, we enjoy a final morning paddle before packing up and returning to Inverness, arriving late afternoon. (B)
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 a 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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|3rd Aug - 8th Aug 2019||Trip Full||CONFIRMED||£955|
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Sometimes it's nice to get family and friends together and travel privately for some quality time. This means you benefit from all the features of the group departure, including hand-picked accommodation and expert local guides and we'll take care of it all. Then you can make your choice of departures dates and we'll get back to you to finalise the details.
As an avid adventurer, Stevie has life-long experience in Scotland’s outdoors. He’s Co-Owner and Head of Adventure with Wilderness and been with us for over 15 years in a variety of roles, with innovative trip design being both a passion and a speciality. In his spare time, Stevie runs the Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival, bringing the world’s most inspiring adventure filmmakers and athletes to an audience of over 1,500 each year. His love for adventure and knowledge of Scotland inspired him to design this exciting sea kayaking trip.
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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.
Rated 4.84 out of 5 based on 55 review(s) of Sea Kayaking – West Coast Explorer
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Reviewed on 23/06/2019
Age: 20 - 30
Country: United Kingdom
Trip Date: 15/06/2019
Trips Taken: 1
Accommodation & Food
The Bottom Line
From start to finish, the trip was excellent. Our guides Donald and Howard were extremely knowledgable and experienced. The food was fantastic - we ate like kings the whole week! The bunkhouse was very good, and our guides made the most of bad weather by taking us out on day trips followed by one night's wild camping. The kit - from tents to kayaks - was of high quality and in top condition. This was my first Wilderness Scotland trip and I am already planning my next!
Kintail bunkhouse was spacious and clean with very good cooking facilities. Great location and a base for the week.
Couldn't fault the guides. Very knowledgable and experienced. The group always felt safe in their hands and following their decisions. Loved hearing all about their adventures. On a particularly windy day we managed to have an afternoon of focusing on sea kayaking skills. I found this really useful and enjoyed putting my new skills to use on the following days. Donald's tubes were also a highlight! Donald and Howard were easy to get along with, as was the rest of the group, which made the trip that bit more enjoyable.
From start to finish, the trip was excellent. Our two guides were extremely knowledgable and experienced. The food was fantastic - we ate like kings the whole week! The bunkhouse was very good, and our guides made the most of bad weather by taking us out on day trips followed by one night's wild camping. The kit - from tents to kayaks - was of high quality and in top condition. This was my first Wilderness Scotland trip and I am already planning my next! I 100% recommend the company and the West Coast Explorer trip.
Reviewed on 21/06/2018
Accommodation & Food
The Bottom Line
Fabulous holiday made by the location, leaders & group
Hostel was surprisingly good
Both Paul & Craig were excellent
Great Introduction to expeditions
Reviewed on 10/06/2018
Accommodation & Food
The Bottom Line
Very helpful staff , flexible , helped change of dates
Great group of people on the trip . Out guides were excellent, very good a teaching us individually and getting the best out of our group
No to keen on the bunk house. Especially as we went as couple, luckily we managed to get a twin bunk room but not sure why we couldn't have booked this in advance as we only had as we were lucky no one else was staying at the bunkhouse. TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONCE: Thanks for your feedback, as with most bunkhouse the rooms are split into male/female dorms so depending on mix of people on the trip we do sometimes have to split up couples. Having said that if we can keep you together we do which is what happened on your trip.
As before excellent guides
A great introduction to sea kayaking and exploring the Scottish coastline. The camping made the trip even more special but we were incredibly lucky with the weather
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