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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.


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!

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:


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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15th Jun - 20th Jun 2019
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Rated 4.83 out of 5 based on 54 review(s) of Sea Kayaking – West Coast Explorer

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by Martin Wilson 21/06/2018

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Great Introduction to expeditions

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by Ian Strawford 10/06/2018

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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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by Natalie Tandy 08/06/2018

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This has been an amazing adventure and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Wilderness Scotland and their staff to anyone thinking about doing this activity. The overall experiences has been beyond my expectations. Thank you so much.

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by David Waughman 07/06/2018

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Just an all round excellent experience

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Next trip: 15th June

Duration: 5 night(s)

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Region: West Highlands including Knoydart

Comfort: Basic

Difficulty: 4

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