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SEA KAYAK & EXPLORE - INTRODUCTION TO SEA KAYAKING COURSE

5 day explore Arisaig & Ardnamurchan Wilderness lodge

WHAT TO EXPECT   A beginner sea kayaking holiday, featuring five full days of kayak trips in the heart of the Highlands. If you are keen to find out what the West Coast of Scotland has to offer then look no further - wild lochs, remote beaches and offshore islands are all there to be explored and we’ll show you how - you’ll learn new skills and journey with a bunch of like-minded adventurers.

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS   A five day kayak trip, suitable for beginners, exploring some of the finest coastline around, staying in lodge accommodation in a wonderful setting, focusing on journeying and learning skills in sea kayaking.

  • Journey in the Arisaig Skerries, Loch Ailort and Loch Sunart - three classic Scottish sea kayaking destinations.
  • Visit Sanna bay (the one in the photo!).
  • Based from comfortable lodge accommodation on the shores of a sea Loch. Pine Martens are regular visitors and Otters can be seen nearby.
  • Eat fresh food cooked over fire in a wild setting or back at comfort of the lodge.

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DATES AND PRICES

This trip can also be run as a private trip if you have a group of 4 or more.

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STORY

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

*MEETING WITH THE SEALS - We’ll head off to Arisaig to collect the kayaks and kit, then launch nearby for a trip around the Arisaig Skerries. The Skerries are a West coast classic and for good reason - sandy bays, small islands, crystal clear water and loads of curious Seals!

Once back on dry land we’ll take a scenic drive down to our accommodation and get settled in - the lodge is set within woodland close to a sea Loch. Remember to keep an eye out for the Pine Martens and Roe deer that feed in the grounds of the lodge. A little walk down to the Loch could be rewarded with a sighting of an Otter - they can be seen locally.

DAY ONE *MEETING WITH THE SEALS

| Meet 10.30 Fort William

Travel to Arisaig & Ardnamurchan

| Sea kayak - Arisaig Skerries

| Eat - home cooked food at the lodge

| Stay - Ardnamurchan lodge

*CALM WATERS AND WILD COAST - Our accommodation is very close to the waters of Loch Sunart and we’ll use this to our advantage. We’ll tailor the sea kayak trips to the conditions and the group - aiming to explore on either full day journeys or a mix of shorter sessions. We’ll make sure we don’t over do it and wear everyone out, so we’ll build in plenty of time to chill out, take in the surroundings, watch wildlife and explore.

Our surroundings offer the chance for progressive journeys - as your skill and experience grows, so will our ambitions and we'll make the most of whats on offer - journeying in some amazing places you'd never have thought possible. 

We’ll cook meals back at the lodge with the option to eat out in one of the local Inns.

DAY TWO AND THREE *CALM WATERS AND WILD COAST

Explore by sea kayak

Eat - Local Inns or at the Lodge

| Stay - Ardnamurchan lodge

*A COASTLINE FULL OF POSSIBILITIES - We’ll go on a little road trip to Sanna bay - at the most westerly point of the mainland this bay has some stunning views of the islands and West coast and is perfect for sea kayak journeys. We’ll stay late to watch the sun go down - cooking our dinner over a fire on the beach.

Our last day will be spent journeying back to Fort William - we’ll stop by the Sound of Arisaig on the way and go for a sea kayak journey along some classic Arisaig coastline. By this stage you’ll have a new found sea kayaking confidence and fitness and we’ll be able to explore to the full. We’ll end the trip at Fort William, you’ll have new skills and knowledge and will be ready for your next sea kayaking adventure.

DAY FOUR AND FIVE *A COASTLINE FULL OF POSSIBILITIES

Explore by sea kayak

Eat - Local Inn or at the lodge

| Stay - Ardnamurchan lodge

Trip ends - Fort William 17.00

TRIP INFORMATION

ACCOMMODATION   Accommodation is in an Ardnamurchan lodge, situated in woodland and close to the Loch - a great base to explore from. Each room will be shared, either as a couple or with another group member of the same gender. All rooms are en-suite. Contact us for single occupancy options.

FOOD   Includes meals - lunch on day one through to lunch on day 5. We can accommodate any dietary requirements if notified in advance.

START AND FINISH  Meet at Fort William train station at 10.30, or Arisaig at 11.30. Trip ends at Fort William 17.00, or Arisaig.

GROUP  Up to 6 people with one guide.

KIT LIST Our accommodation kit list applies to this trip. All specialist kayaking equipment can be provided.

TRIP GRADE This is trip is open to any level of experience, but is best suited to those who have little or no experience of sea kayaking and want to learn more or just want to experience sea kayak day trips exploring some beautiful coastline. If you have experience in other paddle sports then this trip can also be a good way to convert that knowledge and skill to sea kayaking.

DATES AND PRICES

This trip can also be run as a private trip if you have a group of 4 or more.

LOCATION 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 

Individuals, couples or small groups of friends.

This trip is suitable for families with kids age 12 and above. Double kayaks can be used or if they have kayak experience or are sporty and confident then it could be possible to paddle single kayaks. Generally single kayaks would be used for kids from roughly age 14 upwards, or whenever they are strong enough to keep up with adults paddling by themselves.

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.

OTHER TRIPS TO CONSIDER

Full list - Wilderness coast sea kayaking courses and holidays

Trip calendar - If you would prefer to view our trips listed by date then we have a full calendar view of our scheduled trips