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SEA KAYAK JOURNEYS - ARISAIG COAST

Day trip - 4 to 5 hours journeying time Arisaig coast

WHAT TO EXPECT   We will guide you on a sea kayak day trip that takes you along a beautiful stretch of coastline, we will teach you to handle a sea kayak or help develop your skill and show you the rich history and wildlife of the area. A full days kayak journey allow us to explore so much further, stopping on beaches and islands as part of the journey and exploring wilder sections of coastline. A day trip is within the capabilities of beginners with average fitness.

HOW OUR TRIPS WORK  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.
  • Sea kayak in small groups.
  • Suitable for adults and older teenagers or kids with sea kayaking experience (min age 12).
  • Suitable for beginners or experienced paddlers; day trips are ideal for those wanting to fully experience sea kayaking in Arisaig, develop their sea kayaking skill or build more experience.

SINGLE OR MULTI-DAY TRIPS   Book a single kayak day trip and we choose a location and route that suits the sea conditions and groups experience. Book multiple kayak day trips and we'll take you to different locations - book multiple trips for your family or group and enjoy a custom multi-day tour of Arisaig's coastline.

TRIP OPTIONS  Day trip | 09.45 - 16.30 | £85 Adult | £55 under 16

Scroll down to read about our trip locations or click here to go straight to the detailed trip info.

OUR SEA KAYAK JOURNEYS

BOOK A DAY TRIP WITH US AND WE'LL CHOOSE TO EXPLORE ONE OF THESE PLACES, OR BOOK MULTIPLE DAY TRIPS AND EXPLORE THEM ALL!

RUBH' ARISAIG AND THE SKERRIES

HEADLAND AND STUNNING ISLANDS

Close to our base in Arisaig village - Loch nan Ceall offers a sheltered start to the trip. The edge of the sea loch hides a collection of tidal islands, rocks and sand that form a wonderful sea kayaking playground. Paddling beyond these islands takes us round the Rubh' Arisaig, where a wilder section of coast reveals hidden turquoise lagoons and white sand beaches.

LOCH AILORT AND THE ARDNISH PENINSULA

WINDING SEA LOCH AND ABANDONED VILLAGES

A long fjord like sea loch that cuts between the Ardnish peninsula and the hills of Moidart. Hidden along the Lochs Northern shore are the remains of old abandoned settlements nestled above beaches and hidden bays. Tidal currents in the loch always make the sea kayaking here interesting as the water swirls round islands and over shallows, making a good hunting ground for elusive Otters.

LOCH MOIDART AND CASTLE TIORAM

SHELTERED AND OPEN SEAS, WOODED ISLANDS AND HIDDEN BAYS

A sea loch that bounds Eilean Shona on three sides, its north and easterly channel shallow, sandy and studded with wooded islands, contrasting with the South channel gradually opening out to the West to reveal a rugged coastline. Castle Tioram stands on top of a small tidal island, a focal point in the South channel that makes a perfect place to stop for lunch and scan the Loch for Seals, Eagles and Otters.

LOCH NAN UAMH AND THE SOUTH SIDE OF THE RHU

SHELTERED BAYS AND ISLANDS WITH A WILD EDGE

A sea Loch surrounded by hills and islands, providing shelter and calm waters to start your journey. The further along the shores of the Loch, the wilder the coastline gets until we can reach a point where it is hard to spot any sign of civilisation - a wonderful place to escape for a day, exploring the hidden bays and secrets of this coast.

KNOYDART AND LOCH NEVIS

SCOTLAND'S FJORDLAND

A trip over to Knoydart is one for experienced paddlers, or a calm day - a crossing from the town of Mallaig over to Knoydart is open to the wind and swell from different directions and can pose a challenge, but the rewards are a trip into what is known as Britain's last Wilderness - a unique village with no road access and a wild mountain backdrop.

DATES AND PRICES

Available from mid-March to October, click on the link below to check availability.

Day trip | 09.45 - 16.30 | £85 Adult | £55 under 16

START AND FINISH

All trips meet at 09.45 (please don't arrive more than 10 mins early) at Arisaig sea kayak centre, Arisaig village, PH39 4NH. If you have booked a private trip we can arrange to meet elsewhere.

TRIP LOCATIONS

We offer multiple different trip locations all within 45 mins drive from Arisaig, all are possibilities on our day trips. The choice of location and route is always made by our guides on our group trips, if you book a private trip then we can take into account your preference but as some locations may be unsuitable in certain sea conditions then the guide will have final say over where we paddle - we know the coast very well.

ACCOMMODATION

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

Up to 6 people on most of our group trips, most of our groups are between 2 and 6 people (occasionally up to 12 with 2 guides). We can also cater for private group trips for larger groups.

A half day trip allows enough time for a short journey of 2 or 3 Km's and about 1 hour 45 mins on the water. If you've never been in a kayak before and are nervous or unsure, have a limited amount of time or a limited budget, or just want a taste of the activity then a half day trip may suit you.

A day trip allows for a journey of about 6 - 12 km and 4 to 5 hours on the water (including breaks and lunch). If you are after a longer journey, you'd like to learn and develop more sea kayaking knowledge and skill, you'd like to spend a full day in a wild place and you have an average or above average fitness level (you do some exercise as part of your week) then a day trip may suit you better. We like to think of a day trip as a more natural sea kayaking trip length - a full days journeying and adventure around a wild bit of coastline allows a fuller experience of the activity. If you'd like a bit more adventure then a day trip is the best choice.

In terms of fitness requirements - on all sea kayak trips this is conditions dependent. On a day with little wind then both trip lengths are very similar in physical demands, a day trip can be a bit tougher if its a lot windier but on all trips we'll adapt our location to the conditions. We do pace our journeys for beginners and a day trip is often a slower or easier pace than a half day, mainly because we have more time and we also have more time to take breaks on beaches and islands. With the limited time frame of a half day trip we often spend a much higher proportion of the trip time actively paddling - therefore they can feel slightly more intense, but still within the capabilities of a beginner (there is further info. on fitness below).

The bottom line with both trip lengths is that we want you to have a good time, we'll teach you things and help you get the most from the kayaking, and won't force you to paddle faster or further than is reasonable for the trip length.

If you are a beginner or don't want to spend as much money and are happy paddling in a mixed group then booking a group trip is the best way to go - you'll get to share the experience with others in a small group and due to the fact that it is a group trip then we can make the rate more economical for individuals and couples.

Private trips really work best with groups of experienced kayakers or groups of friends who want to do something a bit different, would like to do a more advanced journey or just want to have the trip to themselves.

No - you have to bring your own lunch, there is a shop next to our base if you need to buy food.

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.

Individuals, couples or small groups of friends. Adults and older teenagers.

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. All of our trips are about journeying - we don't practice skills in a static location or run overly long briefings for beginners - we learn on the move and enjoy the freedom that sea kayaking offers. Where possible we may mix groups of similar experience, if you are a group of experienced paddlers wanting to complete a demanding journey or benefit from individualised coaching then a private trip would be a suitable option.

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 some skills 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.

We can provide all specialist sea kayaking kit. You'll need to wear the right type of clothes for a more comfortable trip, full details are given in a kit list when you book a trip or if you'd like to read a kit list now then see this -  kit list

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Full terms and conditions regarding booking our trips can be read here.

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