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Sea Kayak Summer Isles

6 day expedition Summer Isles Wild camp

What to Expect The Summer Isles are a group of islands off the Northwest Highlands - rugged and wild and mostly uninhabited - they form an ideal location for a sea kayak expedition. On this trip we'll explore the islands over the course of six days, tailoring our exact route to the conditions. On the way we'll pass rock arches, cliffs, beaches and bays and we'll camp in some spectacular locations.

Trip Highlights   A six day kayak expedition exploring the Summer Isles.

  • Explore a group of islands known for excellent sea kayaking.
  • Wild camp on uninhabited islands.
  • The perfect chance to build sea kayaking expedition experience and improve your skills.

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Dates and Prices £690/630 per person

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Shown as an example, plans are always based around the conditions we encounter on a trip.

Day 1 - Arrive in the North West Highlands

After meeting in Inverness or Ullapool we'll drive through the North West Highlands to Achiltibuie, close to the Summer Isles. A short paddle will take us across to Isle Ristol where a beautiful white sand bay will welcome us into our first nights camp.

We'll spend the evening exploring the island, which has great views over the Summer Isles, building anticipation for the next five days of paddling.

Day 2 - 5 - Exploring the Summer Isles

The conditions in the North West Highlands can vary and as such our exact route through the islands will also vary - we'll use our knowledge and expertise to explore the islands around the forecasted conditions, meaning no two trips will likely be the same.

We'll explore as many of the islands as possible - paddling South to Priest Island with its sea caves and rocky coastline and exploring the islands of Tanera Mor and Beag, the latter home to a sandstone arch.

As we explore we'll keep an eye out for White Tailed Eagles, Otters and the Dolphins and Whales that migrate through these waters in the summer months.

Day 6 - Journey's end

Our final day will see us paddle back to the mainland under the sandstone peaks of Assynt. We'll reverse our route home, stopping in Ullapool and then Inverness.

Trip Information

Accomodation For this trip we will be wild camping.

Food Includes Breakfast and evening meals. Evening meal on day 1 to breakfast on day 5. You'll need to bring snacks and lunch. It is also possible to self cater if you prefer.

Start and Finish Meet at Inverness 10.00 or Ullapool 11.30 on day 1. Trip finished day 6, Ullapool 15.00, Inverness 16.30.

Kit List Our expedition kit list applies to this trip. All specialist kayaking equipment and camping equipment can be provided (with the exception of sleeping bags).

Trip Grade This is an expedition style trip, we will paddle variable distances each day depending on conditions but these could include days of around 15km to 20km. We'll choose the exact route based on the forecasted conditions, aiming to make the most of the area.

Dates and Prices £690/630 per person

Frequently Asked Questions 

Individuals, couples or small groups of friends.

Yes - 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 during an expedition but will give you hints and tips on the journey to make it easier for you and suggest improvements to your technique as we go along. We'll help you develop your knowledge and sea kayak handling skill throughout the trip but also allow plenty of time simply to enjoy the journey and the experience of sea kayaking.

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 on the West coast. The wind speed and sea state are the primary factors that affect the trip - if the conditions are difficult then we will seek out a more sheltered section of coast to run the trip. You should note that it is very rare that we have to stay off the water on multi-day trips and the vast majority of trips run as planned. For full terms and conditions see the link below. You can read more about the weather/cancellation/booking on our FAQ page.

A 25% deposit is required at the time of booking, the balance is due 6 weeks prior to the trip, for cancellation policy please see our full terms and conditions.

We have a much larger FAQ page that covers all aspects of sea kayak trips with us.

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