ARISAIG SEA KAYAK TOUR
Half day trip - up to 2 hours journeying time Loch nan Ceall or Loch nan Uamh
WHAT TO EXPECT A short sea kayak tour exploring wild and beautiful sea Lochs close to our base in Arisaig village. We'll complete a short journey paddling past small islands, watching swimming Seals and exploring the coast, if you are new to sea kayaking then we'll show you all you need to know. We have single and double kayaks to choose from that are stable and easy to handle and there are places where we can land on a hidden beach or small island.
HOW OUR TRIPS WORK Explore the beautiful Arisaig coast on a group sea kayak journey.
- Our guides choose which Sea Loch to explore 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 younger kids with sea kayaking experience (min age 12).
- Suitable for beginners or experienced paddlers, although experienced sea kayakers may want to consider a day trip instead.
TRIP OPTIONS Half day trip | 09.30 - 12.30 or 13.30 - 16.30 | £50 Adult | £35 under 16
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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 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.
SEA KAYAK TRIP *EXPLORING LOCH NAN CEALL
| Explore by sea kayak
| See - Seals and seabirds
| Location - Loch nan Ceall
Available from mid-March to the end of September.
Half day | 09.30 - 12.30 or 13.30 - 16.30 | £50 Adult | £35 under 16
All trips meet at 09.30 or 13.30 (please don't arrive more than 10 mins early) at Arisaig sea kayak centre, Arisaig village, PH39 4NH.
We offer two main trip locations close to Arisaig. The choice of location and route is always made by our guides on our group trips, in adverse conditions we may also use other locations.
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 10 people on our group trips, but most of our groups are between 2 and 6 people. 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.
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.
Full terms and conditions regarding booking our trips can be read here.