SEA KAYAK SUP EXPLORE - INTRODUCTION TRIP5 day explore Arisaig & Ardnamurchan Wilderness lodge
An introduction to sea kayaking with a difference - mix sea kayaking, stand up paddling and exploring in five full days 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.
WHAT TO EXPECT
A five day trip exploring some of the finest coastline around, staying in lodge accommodation in a wonderful setting, focusing on journeying and learning skills in sea kayaking but also including SUP boards and exploring on foot.
- 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.
5 Days | £645 per person | Accom and food included | scroll down for full details.
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.
*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 that may also include journeying by SUP or exploring on foot. 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.
*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 a combination of exploring by SUP and on foot. 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.
DATES AND PRICES
6th - 10th May | 24th - 28th June | 22nd - 26th July | 2nd - 6th September
£645 per person, includes guiding, equipment, food and accommodation
Accommodation is in 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. Contact us for single occupancy options.
Includes 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 like to source local ingredients and cook tasty meals on our trips, often supplemented with wild ingredients and eaten in wild settings - Wild Food. We can accommodate any dietary requirements if notified in advance.
START AND FINISH
Meet at Fort William train station at 10.30. Trip ends at Fort William 17.00, or an optional start and finish in Arisaig if preferred.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What size of group?
Up to 6 people.
Who else will be on the trip?
Like minded adventurers, individuals, couples or small groups of friends.
Do I need sea kayaking experience?
No - this trip is graded green so is perfectly suited to beginners and is designed as an introduction to sea kayaking. A basic level of fitness is required to take part. full details of our trip grades can be found in the link - trip grading.
What will the weather be like?
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. This changeable nature makes the west coast landscape what it is - elemental and powerful. Scotland has a real feeling of drama and intrigue because of its weather. If we do experience stronger winds and rough seas then the area we are based in for this trip offers lots of sheltered options.
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. We rarely experience problems with midges on sea kayak trips but in humid, still and overcast conditions they may be out.
What kit do I need to bring?
We can provide all camping kit and sea kayaking kit if needed. Please see the kit list for more info.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Full terms and conditions regarding booking our trips can be read here.