FAMILY SEA KAYAK TRIPS - ARISAIGHalf day trip Arisaig
WHAT TO EXPECT
Arisaig has some sheltered coastline that is perfect for a family day out sea kayaking. On a family trip we will journey along the Arisaig coastline looking for Seals, landing on beaches and just having a good time exploring. These trips are exclusively for families - we'll keep the pace relaxed, take a few breaks and make sure you all have a great time on the sea. If your kids are older, sporty and confident then they may be able to paddle their own kids sea kayaks, we also use double kayaks so that parents can join younger kids.
Please note these are family trips - we don't offer any trips just for kids without their parents present.
HOW OUR TRIPS WORK
- Small group family trips for adults and kids aged from 6 to 14 - older than 14 just join our regular Arisaig trips.
- Beaches and Lochs, islands and wildlife - Arisaig is a sea kayaking playground with lots of options for trips.
- Our guides choose where to paddle based on their expert knowledge of the Arisaig coastline and the sea conditions.
- For younger (under 11) or more nervous kids we tend to use double kayaks with a parent, for every child of this age booked please make sure there is a parent to paddle a double kayak with them. We have kids single sea kayaks for older or more confident kids.
Half day | 09.30 - 13.30 or 13.30 - 16.30 | £50 Adult | £35 under 16
If you'd rather be in a private group or go out for a day trip instead then take a look at our bespoke trips.
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Shown as a guide, each trip has its own story, plans are always open to change.
*EXPLORING THE SKERRIES - The Skerries are a unique landscape - they appear from a distance as a mass of rock and sand - it is only when we approach that their true nature starts to reveal itself, showing a maze of shallow channels and small islands.
They invite us in to explore - the strip of white sand, the glimpse of a common Seal, the little flashes of Oyster catchers and Terns. The glide of a sea kayak places you closer to the detail of this landscape than anything else - reaching out you can touch the rock and seaweed or land on a beach and feel your footprints etch into the soft sand then dig your fingers into the mass of shells to get lost in the search for something unique.
The sand and sea always rises and falls in the time we spend here: sometimes supplanting each other with a shimmering, tropical clarity.
Look up and the jagged fingers of the Isle of Skye stretch into the distance, look back and the neat, white houses of Arisaig village nestle far away at the foot of mountains and clouds.
The hundreds of Seals that make this place their home constantly remind us of how we are guests in their realm, popping up behind us and then in front as if to demonstrate how much better their mastery of the sea is.
Spend time here and you'll be fascinated by the rich palette of sea and sky that is ever changing. When the mist shrouds the hills it is easy to get lost in the drama and intrigue of the West coast when we imagine the Jacobites gathering their rebellion in the rough bounds or the open boats of the Island Kingdoms plying their way between distant harbours.
Whatever this landscape shows us - we can't help but be fascinated by it. By choosing to kayak we choose to get closer to the landscape, not as passive observers looking on from a viewpoint, but involved deeply in a journey that will give us memories and insight and a story to tell.
DATES AND PRICES
Available from April to October.
Half day | 09.30 - 13.30 or 13.30 - 16.30 | £50 Adult | £35 under 16
All trips meet at Arisaig sea kayak centre, Arisaig village, PH39 4NH.
Arisaig has lots of accommodation to offer, we are located next to the Arisaig hotel. There are campsites, B&B's and hostels locally in Arisaig and Mallaig. Fort William is one hour away and has lots of accommodation to choose from.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What size of group?
Up to 8 people, most trips usually run with one or two families.
What route will we take?
We don't publish a set route for any of our trips. The guide will choose a location that suits the conditions on the day and the experience and needs of the group - this is the safest and best way to operate sea kayak trips in Scotland.
How do you keep families safe on the sea?
All of our guides are qualified and experienced professionals who are very used to delivering safe and enjoyable sea kayak trips. Nowadays we have a good amount of research and knowledge to draw on in order to help us structure adventure experiences. Safety is often more subtle than you expect on sea kayak trips and rarely takes the form of long briefings, capsize drills or overly tight group control. The only expectation of yourself is that you trust our experience and judgement.
Do I need sea kayaking experience?
No - our trips are suitable for beginners, sea kayaking is easy to pick up and beginners can complete a decent journey on their first time in a sea kayak. Families with sea kayaking experience are also welcome.
What kind of fitness level do I need to take part?
Sea kayaking is similar in intensity to walking - its is moderate aerobic exercise involving lots of different muscle groups but mainly the muscles of the torso and upper body. It places a light but repetitive load on these muscles - you don't need to have big muscles but you do need to be capable of sustaining a moderate level of physical effort. As we'll put younger kids (under 11) in a double kayak with adults then the adult will do most of the paddling work, older kids in single kayaks will have to take full control of their kayak and therefore will need to put more effort in. We will paddle at a relaxed pace and take breaks.
Will I learn sea kayak skills?
Our trips are primarily about guided experiences, we'll look to complete a fun journey. We won't spend time on long instructional briefings or static group skills practice, instead we'll structure the trip so you'll learn from experience, we are experts at balancing learning and journeying and it works best on family trips if you let the guide structure your kids learning!
What happens if the weather is bad?
The weather on the West coast of Scotland can vary through the course of the season and from area to area - Scottish islands and coastline can see dramatically better weather and more sunshine than more mountainous areas inland. The wind speed and sea state are the primary factors that affect whether we will run the trip - if the conditions are dangerous then we will cancel and you won't be charged (any deposit paid will be refunded), we can try and re-schedule if possible. You should note that it is very rare that we have to cancel trips. For full terms and conditions see the link below.
What kit do I need to bring?
We can provide all specialist sea kayaking kit. Please see the kit list for more info.TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Full terms and conditions regarding booking our trips can be read here.