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FAMILY KAYAK TRIP - ARISAIG

Day trip - 3 to 4 hours journeying time (including breaks on shore) Arisaig coast

WHAT TO EXPECT   Arisaig has some sheltered coastline that is perfect for a family day out sea kayaking. On a family sea kayaking trip we will journey along the Arisaig coastline looking for Seals, landing on beaches and just having a good time exploring.

Exclusive for families with kids age 8 to 15.

HOW FAMILY DAY TRIPS WORK

  • Paddle at a relaxed pace in your family group.
  • Our guides choose where to paddle based on their expert knowledge of the Arisaig coastline and the sea conditions.
  • Take breaks on shore and explore beaches and small islands.

KAYAKS We will use Double kayaks on this trip. Doubles are incredibly stable and are great for most kids and adults or if you just want to share the paddling (or a single kayak for adults/older teenagers only if an odd number).

TRIP OPTIONS  

Day trip | 10.00 - 15.00 (approx) | £75 per adult, £50 per under 16 (min. charge £250)

Exclusive to your family.

We aim to re-open on the 1st August 2020.

Please read the important information below before booking a trip:

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STORY

Shown as a guide, each trip has its own story, plans are always open to change.

*EXPLORING LOCH NAN CEALL - The islands and coast of the Sea Loch invites 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 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.

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.

SEA KAYAK TRIP *EXPLORING LOCH NAN CEALL

| Explore by sea kayak

See - Seals and seabirds

| Location - Loch nan Ceall

TRIP INFORMATION

START AND FINISH  Meet at 10.00 at the location we choose for the day, all locations are within 30 mintues drive of Arisaig village (usually much nearer) You must have your own vehicle to book a trip. The location will be chosen by the guide and is flexible to allow us to paddle in the most approriate place for your skill level and the conditions on the day. The choice of location and route is always made by our guides. Trips finish time around 15.00.

KIT LIST All specialist kayaking equipment and clothing can be provided, see our kit list for full details of kit we provide and what you need to bring.

EXPERIENCE REQUIRED No experience required - our trips are suitable for beginners.

FAMILIES AND KIDS    

These trips are suitable for families (all under 18's must be accompanied by a parent). We have a minimum age of 8 years old. Please bear in mind that this doesn't automatically mean your 8 year old will be suitable for a kayak trip - all kids are different and some kids may not get the best from adventure activities until they are a little older. Please also bear in mind that you'll be paddling a double kayak with your kid, so the younger they are the more you'll have to take full charge of the paddling. At age 8 to 10, generally you should consider your kid to be mostly a passenger! Older than this and they can generally start to make a significant contribution to paddling. Bear in mind that is only a rough guide and you know your kids better than we do.

Sea kayaking is an adventure activity - it is subject to the natural variations in weather and the sea and requires physical effort and a positive attitude to have a great time sea kayaking, due to these things some trips are naturally harder than others and the activity does not universally suit everyone. Every kid is different and sometimes its very hard to tell how they react to being in a kayak; if your kids love being outdoors or are sporty and naturally adventurous then they will have a great time. If your kids are naturally a bit more nervous or don't like exercise then they may find a trip tougher but they may have a greater sense of achievement from a kayak trip. If, as a family you don't spend much time in nature, out in all weathers then it may be harder to gauge whether being out on the sea will result in a good time. It is rare that kids don't enjoy sea kayaking though and our guides are expert at working with mixed groups, different ages of kids and different styles of learning - we'll adapt what we do to suit your family, showing you what you need to know and practice to have a great time journeying in a sea kayak.

We will use double kayaks, with an adult or older teenager in the back and a kid in the front. If there is an odd number in your group then older teenagers or adults can paddle a single kayak. The guide always paddle a single kayak.

TRIP OPTIONS  

Day trip | 10.00 - 15.00 (approx) | £75 per adult, £50 per under 16 (min. charge £250)

Exclusive to your family.

We aim to re-open on the 1st August 2020.

Please read the important information below before booking a trip:

LOCATION

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS  

In the event of travel restrictions being in place at the time of your trip then we can offer postponement or a refund of the trip fee. If you need to cancel your booking due to Coronavirus then we will offer a refund or postponement of your booking.

If you have symptoms of Coronavirus then you should not travel and you should join your trip. Symptoms include a high temperature, a new, continuous cough (coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours), a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste.

In any other circumstances our standard terms and conditions apply (see questions below).

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.

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. If you don't do any exercise, don't enjoy physical effort or have a very low level of fitness then you may find sea kayaking challenging. The most important thing to note is that we are here to enjoy the journey - we'll take plenty of breaks and paddle at an achievable pace.

Although our trips are primarily about guided experiences, you will also learn as part of the journey. A lot of learning about sea kayaking comes from experience and is best done as individuals on the move and in context. We won't spend time on long instructional briefings or static group skills practice but will give you little hints and tips on the journey to make it easier for you and suggest improvements to your technique as we go along.

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. You can read more about the weather/cancellation/booking on our FAQ page.

A 50% deposit is required at the time of booking, the balance is due 7 days prior to the trip, for cancellation policy please see our full terms and conditions.

We have a much larger FAQ page that covers all aspects of sea kayak trips with us.

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