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, we'll take plenty of breaks and enjoy some time on shore on wild beaches.
- Suitable for adults and older teenagers (min age 12). Please see our family sea kayak day trip if you are looking for a full day trip with kids younger than 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.
KAYAKS We use full size single sea kayaks by default, unless you request a double kayak. Doubles are incredibly stable and are great for those who are nervous or if you just want to share the paddling.
TRIP OPTIONS Day trip | 09.45 - 16.00 | £85 Adult | £55 under 16
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
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.
START AND FINISH All trips meet at 09.45 (please don't arrive more than 10 mins early) at our meeting place in Arisaig village (more information on meeting places)(please note - we are no longer based at the Arisaig hotel). 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.
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.
GROUP SIZE Up to 6 people on our group trips. We can also cater for private group trips for larger groups.
EXPERIENCE REQUIRED No experience required - 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. 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.
We also run a family sea kayak day trip.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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.
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 14 days prior to the trip, for cancellation policy please see our full terms and conditions.
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