SEA KAYAK TRIPS - ARISAIG

Day trip or half day trip Arisaig

WHAT TO EXPECT

Explore the Arisaig coast by sea kayak - Adventure days out in Scotland don't get much better than this. We will guide you on a journey that takes you along a beautiful stretch of coastline, we will teach you to handle a sea kayak and show you the rich history and wildlife of the area. Arisaig is home to many Seals and we often see them swim within metres of the kayaks. We have stable and easy to handle single sea kayaks and super stable double sea kayaks for less confident paddlers, and yes - we won't make you capsize!

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 (between 4 and 8 people), we aim to mix similar levels of experience/ability in our groups.
  • Suitable for adults and older teenagers, if you have kids younger than 14 then see Family trips.
  • Suitable for beginners or experienced paddlers; half days are good if you want a short journey or have limited time, day trips are ideal for those wanting to fully experience sea kayaking in Arisaig.

TRIP OPTIONS

Half day | 09.30 - 13.30 or 13.30 - 16.30 | £50 Adult | £35 under 16

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

If you'd rather be in a private group then take a look at our bespoke trips.

Scroll down to read more about our Arisaig trips. 

STORY

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

SEA KAYAK TRIP *EXPLORING THE SKERRIES

| Explore by sea kayak

See - Seals and seabirds

| Location - Loch nan Ceall

*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 mid-March to October.

Half day | 09.30 - 13.30 or 13.30 - 16.30 | £50 Adult | £35 under 16

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

START AND FINISH

All trips meet at Arisaig sea kayak centre, Arisaig village, PH39 4NH.

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

What size of group?

Up to 8 people, most of our groups are between 2 and 6 people.

Is lunch provided?

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

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.

Who else will be on the trip?

Individuals, couples or small groups of friends. Adults and older teenagers (age 14 up).

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. Where possible we will mix groups of similar experience, if you are an experienced paddler wanting to complete a more demanding journey or benefit from individualised coaching then a bespoke trip would be a suitable option.

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. 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.

Will I learn sea kayak skills?

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.

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.

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