2 day expedition Arisaig Wild camp
WHAT TO EXPECT Yoga and kayaking both help bring us into the present moment, to enjoy the beautiful scenery around us, to notice the hidden gems. Over the course of the expedition we will be enjoying yoga specially tailored to balance our sea kayaking adventure. We will warm and wake up our bodies in the morning with energising yoga and pranayama (breathing) and stretch out tired muscles in the evening, leaving us relaxed, refreshed and revitalised.
After a beginner friendly introduction to both yoga and sea kayaking we will set off on an overnight kayak expedition - aiming to camp above a wild beach in the Sound of Arisaig. The natural rhythm of expedition life lends itself perfectly to the incororation of Yoga sessions throughout the trip - we'll take advantage of the wonderful Arisaig landscape to find hidden places perfect for wild kayaking and wild yoga.
TRIP HIGHLIGHTS A two day sea kayaking expedition exploring the Sound of Arisaig, combining a sea kayak journey with Yoga.
- Journey by sea kayak in the Sound of Arisaig - our home waters have some excellent spots to wild camp and some stunning coastline to explore.
- Take time out to stretch, breathe the sea air and reinvigorate yourself with yoga sessions led by experienced local yoga teacher, Catherine Mitchell.
- Feast on wholesome food including wild sourced ingredients on our fully catered trip.
- This trip is suitable for beginners to both kayaking and yoga as full tuition will be provided to both get you moving on the water and stretching on the shore.
*JOURNEY & BREATHE - With all our provisions on board we glide through the water, our sense of independence bolstered as our distance from civilisation increases. We tune into the movement of the water, the change in the character of our surroundings as the tide falls and blankets of weed glisten on the rocks. Stopping on a wild beach we turn over pebbles looking for butterfish and appreciate the diversity of life within the pools.
With the afternoon drawing on we land on a strip of white sand and take in the beauty of our surroundings as we set up camp. Clouds play across the sky creating an ever changing vista and after a rest we come together for yoga in the wild. Closing our eyes we focus on our breathing, the calls of the oystercatcher enriching the process. As sunset beckons we eat together overlooking the sea, sharing stories and experience. We have each taken the time to explore our campground and return with driftwood and twigs for a fire which we light as night falls. Tired but rejeuvinated we enjoy a dram as the fire crackles and glows.
DAY ONE *JOURNEY & BREATHE
| Meet Banavie at 08.30
| Sea kayak - Sound of Arisaig
| Stay - Wild camp
*SEA KAYAKING & YOGA - We wake to the lapping of waves upon the shore and the rustle of canvas. Together we find a beautiful spot and stand in tadasana breathing the coastal air. Gently we wake our muscles as we move between poses. Our aches diminished we finish with relaxation. Breakfast is ready and we gladly drink cups of hot tea until we are sated.
The sea now feels like an old friend and we return to it. The coastline looks different today, the swell highlighting small skerries from which sea birds fly as we pass. We find a new landing point for lunch and take a moment to think over all that we have seen. Enjoying our final moments in the craft which have become extensions of ourselves we spot the distinctive shape of a seal following at a distance, wondering what type of creature we are.
DAY TWO *YOGA & SEA KAYAKING
| Sea kayak - Sound of Arisaig
| Trip finish - Banavie at 18.00
ACCOMMODATION For this trip we will be wild camping for one night - the Sound of Arisaig offers some fantastic options for this and we can usually find ourselves on an uninhabited island or 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 meals - lunch on day one through to lunch on day 2. We can accommodate any dietary requirements if notified in advance. We may be foraging for wild food whilst out on the sea kayak expedition, meals will be a combination of wild food and food we have brought with us - we'll cook up some fresh and tasty dishes whilst wild camping.
YOGA Yoga Alliance certified Senior Yoga Teacher, Catherine Mitchell is a local yoga teacher based in Fort William where she teaches dynamic vinyasa flow and relaxing yin yoga. When not doing her sun salutations she loves being on or in the water.
START AND FINISH Meet at Banavie at 08.30. Finish at 18.00 Banavie.
GROUP Up to 6 people with 1 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 forecasted conditions. The trip is very flexible and is open to all levels of experience.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Individuals, couples or small groups of friends. This trip is not suitable for families.
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.
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