SEA KAYAK TRIPS - ISLE OF SKYE

Day trip South Skye

WHAT TO EXPECT

A sea kayak trip exploring the beautiful Sleat Peninsula on the Isle of Skye - we use the Mallaig to Armadale ferry to travel over to the Isle of Skye for a day of sea kayaking at a location on South Skye, we then return to Arisaig on the ferry at the end of the day. The trip is designed to make a sea kayak day out on Skye accessible for those staying around Mallaig, Arisaig or Fort William. As an alternate option you could meet us at Armadale on the Isle of Skye.

This trip runs every Wednesday from June to September.

HOW OUR TRIPS WORK

  • Look for Seals, Otters and White tailed Eagles whilst exploring the Beautiful Sleat peninsula.
  • Our guides choose the journey from a number of excellent locations in South Skye.
  • Sea kayak in small groups (between 4 and 8 people), we aim to mix similar levels of experience/ability in our groups.
  • Join this trip with an Arisaig day trip to make for a great 2 day sea kayak experience.
  • Suitable for beginners or experienced paddlers.
  • Meet in Arisaig or Armadale on the Isle of Skye.

TRIP OPTIONS

Day trip | Arisaig 08.30 - 18.00, Armadale 10.30 - 16.30 | £95 Adult | £65 under 16 (min age 14)

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

Scroll down to read more about our Isle of Skye trips. 

STORY

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

SEA KAYAK TRIP *OTTER

| Explore by sea kayak

See - Seals, Eagles and Otters

| Location - Sleat peninsula

*OTTER - The Otter swam in front of me. We played a little game. I paddled when it was swimming, frozen when it surfaced. The black beads of its eyes seeing a haze of shapes where kayaker and kayak ought to be. Twice it surfaced with a fish and once with a crab; the crunching of the shell carrying as an audible portal into the Otters realm. This continued for some time until I was a few hundred metres from where I intended to be – guided with such purpose by the Otter, transfixed by its flow and rhythm.

DATES AND PRICES

Runs every Wednesday from start of June to the start of September, and outside of these times by request.

Day trip | 08.30 - 18.00 (Skye 10.30 - 16.30) | £85 Adult | £55 under 16

START AND FINISH

Two options: Either meet at Arisaig sea kayak centre, Arisaig village, PH39 4NH at 08.30 or at Armadale ferry terminal, Isle of Skye, IV45 8RQ at 10.30. Finish times are 18.00 Arisaig or 16.30 Armadale.

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. For accommodation on South Skye.

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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