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Sea Kayak West Coast

5 day expedition West Highlands Wild camp

What to Expect Our sea kayak expedition will expore the heart of the West coast of Scotland, offering the chance to take in Knoydart, the Sound of Arisaig or Ardnamurchan. Taking in all three is too much for five days but we'll choose an area and route that works well for what the forecast holds and explore as much coastline as possible. This journey presents a real chance to explore some very wild coastline and to gain some experience in more challenging seas.

Trip Highlights   A five day expedition aiming to explore the West Highlands, based around paddling in an area ths suits the forecasted conditions best.

  • A chance to paddle round Ardnamurchan point - Scotland's most Westerly mainland point.
  • Wild camp above beaches or on uninhabited islands.
  • A great chance to experience a range of coastlines and conditions - we'll encounter some waves, tide and swell during our journey and explore deep sea Lochs and wild headlands.


Dates and Prices £590 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 West Highlands

We’ll meet in Inverness before driving through the Great Glen (past Banavie - our optional meeting point) and then taking the road to the Isles out to the coast.

This expedition is very flexible and there are many different options that we can take advantage.The guide will have a careful eye on the forecasted conditions and plan the best possible route - we could take in Ardnamurchan and its famous lighthouse or set off from Mallaig and explore Fjord like Loch Nevis, or we could start or finish in the Sound of Arisaig. We are spolt for choice!

Day 2 - Sea Kayak on the West Coast

We'll wake up in the wild, usually camped above a white sand beach, and prepare for the days journey. It doesn't take long to adopt an expedition routine and as we journey on we'll become more and more used to the quiet and peace of our surroundings - watching for wildlife, chatting away as we paddle or just taking in the beautiful coastline that surrounds us.

Day 3 & 4 - Explore Wild Headlands and Deep Sea Lochs

The headland of Ardnamurchan point is well known for its exposure to the wind and swell from many directions. We'll hope for a weather window that will allow us to pass around the point and enjoy the amazing views that open up from the lighthouse. It's a great spot to look for larger marine life and Whales and Dolphins are regulalry seen from the point. The white sand beach of Sanna bay lies just round the point and makes for a wonderful place to rest and enjoy the view out to the Small Isles and the West coast.

Knoydart is another option for this expedition - Loch Nevis bounds the Southern side of the Knoydart peninsula and offers a Fjord like Sea Loch that winds its way towards the mountains beyond.

The steep mountains and deep sea Lochs offer an excellent contrast to the intricate, winding coastline of Arisaig and the open and exposed headland of Ardnamurchan.

Day 5 - Heading home

We'll make our way back to the vehicle and head back along the road to the Isles, passing Banavie again and reaching Inverness as the end of our journey. We'll go home with great memories of wild coastline and good times.

Trip Information

Accommodation For this trip we will be wild camping.

Food Includes Breakfast and evening meals. You'll need to bring snacks and lunch.

Start and Finish Meet at Inverness 08.00 or Banavie 10.00 on the first day of the trip. Finish at Banavie approx 15.00 or Inverness approx 17.00 on the last day of the trip.

Kit List Our expedition kit list applies to this trip. All specialist kayaking equipment and some camping equipment can be provided.

Trip Grade This is an expedition style trip, we will paddle variable distances each day depending on conditions but these could include days of up to 15 - 25km. The area we intend to paddle in is open to the wind and swell from multiple directions and so it is very likely that we will experience wind and waves at some point in the trip. The exact route we take will be dependant upon the conditions that are forecast.


Frequently Asked Questions 

Individuals, couples or small groups of friends. Expeditions are only open to over 18's.

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 11 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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