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Sea Kayak and Wild Camp Arisaig

2 day expedition Arisaig Wild camp

What to Expect This trip lets you get a taste for what sea kayaking on the West coast of Scotland is all about. There is some stunning coastline around Arisaig and its best experienced when we venture out for more than a single day. This two day sea kayak adventure allows you to experience wild camping, exploring the coast by sea kayak and gives lots of opportunity to spot wildlife and learn new skills.

Trip Highlights   A two day kayak expedition exploring the classic Arisaig coastline.

  • Explore small islands, white sand beaches and hidden bays.
  • Watch the sun go down from our wild camp on the Arisaig coast.
  • See Seals from the seat of your kayak.
  • Learn essential sea kayaking and expedition skills.


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

*Taking Time Out - The slow glide of the sea kayak between the small islands created a sense of passage; of moving perceptively between island and channel, between kayak and land and between the challenge of the present and the challenge of modern life. The time taken to paddle between islands became irrelevant as time warped and moulded around the sights and sounds of the ocean: There was no rush here, no schedule and no distraction aside from the Common Seals that would bob up and down alongside the kayaks, curious as ever.

The camp that evening was on a small piece of Machair; a unique West coast habitat found above beaches. The Machair lay above a small cove, hidden from view, and was carpeted with wildflowers. We let the evening pass with no sense of having to do anything other than simply enjoy being there; in that wild place with new friends, a place we had worked together to reach, a place we had earned.

Day One *Taking Time Out

| Meet Banavie at 08.30

| Sea kayak - Sound of Arisaig

| Stay - Wild camp

*Wake up in the Wild - We’ll wake in a beautiful, wild setting. Breakfast and packing up the boats won’t be rushed - we’ll spend time just savouring the experience of being here. Once on the water we’ll explore some more before heading back.

Day Two *Wake up in the Wild

Explore by sea kayak

| Trip ends - Banavie 17.00

Trip Information

Accommodation For this trip we will be wild camping - Arisaig offers some fantastic options for this and we can usually find ourselves above a remote beach. Tents can be provided (see kit list for full details), if booking as an individual you will not have to share a tent.

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

Start and Finish Meet at Banavie locks car park at 08.30 on day one of the trip. Trip finishes at Banavie at 17.00 at the latest.

Group Up to 6 people with one guide.

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

Trip Grade This is an expedition style trip, we will paddle variable distances each day depending on the conditions. This trip is graded as open so it is suitable for those with no sea kayaking experience, but we'd recommend that to get the most from this trip it should be completed after you've already spent some time in a sea kayak, such as on an intro day trip or intro course. Please bear in mind that an expedition is naturally more challenging than a day trip or introductory session as it involves 2 consecutive days of sea kayaking as well as spending an extended amount of time out in the elements.

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Frequently Asked Questions 

Individuals, couples or small groups of friends. Minimum age of 15 (or younger on request if your family has relevant sea kayaking experience).

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 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 inland. 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.

Midges are most active during mid summer, although it only takes a light breeze or direct sunlight to keep them away and they don't venture out onto the sea so most of the time they are not something we experience a problem with. However, they can be present in mid-summer in still and overcast conditions so bringing a midge head net and some repellent such as smidge (no DEET products allowed) is a necessary precaution.

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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