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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.

DATES AND PRICES 5 Days | £675 per person | Accom and food included | scroll down for full details. 

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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 TWO AND THREE *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

DATES AND PRICES

£675 per person, includes guiding, equipment, food and accommodation

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 all meals - lunch on day one through to lunch on day 5. There is the option to eat out in local Inns during the trip - this is not included in the trip fee. 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.

LOCATION

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Up to 6 people.

Individuals, couples or small groups of friends.

No - this trip is graded green and is suitable for beginners.

Sea kayaking is similar in intensity to walking - its is moderate aerobic exercise involving lots of different muscle groups but mainly the muscles of the torso and upper body. It places a light but repetitive load on these muscles - you don't need to have big muscles but you do need to be capable of sustaining a moderate level of physical effort. If you don't do any exercise, don't enjoy physical effort or have a very low level of fitness then you may find sea kayaking challenging. The most important thing to note is that we are here to enjoy the journey - we'll take plenty of breaks and paddle at an achievable pace.

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 little 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 he 2 days 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 won't go out on the sea or may do a shorter journey. If we can't go sea kayaking then we'll offer an alternative activity such as a coastal walk or indoor session on sea kayaking knowledge. 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, it only takes a light breeze or direct sunlight to keep them away and they don't venture out onto the sea, so they are not really a thing to worry about on sea kayak trips. We rarely experience problems with midges on sea kayak trips, midges tend to favour humid, still and overcast conditions which are not common weather conditions around Arisaig.

We can provide all specialist sea kayaking kit and all camping kit. You'll need to wear the right type of clothes for a more comfortable trip, full details are given in a kit list when you book a trip or if you'd like to read a kit list now then see this -  kit list

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Full terms and conditions regarding booking our trips can be read here.

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