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ISLAND ESCAPE - SEA KAYAK ISLE OF CANNA

3 day explore Isle of Canna Canna campsite pods

WHAT TO EXPECT   Scottish islands have just a wee bit of magic about them - it’s hard to pin down, I like to think it’s something to do with the endless vision of sea and sky that stretches in front of you or the fact that you can say hello to everyone you see and not feel weird about it. Whatever creates that magic - there is lots of it on the Isle of Canna.

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS   A long weekend trip exploring a remote Scottish island, staying in bothy accommodation in a wonderful setting, exploring by sea kayak and on foot.

  • Get to know a remote Scottish island over the course of a long weekend.
  • Get acquainted with the local Puffins and Seals.
  • Beaches and cliffs, sea caves and skerries - Canna is a sea kayaking playground.
  • Eat fresh food cooked over a fire, or maybe a freshly landed Lobster in the amazing Canna cafe.

DATES AND PRICES  3 Days | £390 per person | Accom and food included | scroll down for full details. 

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This trip can be booked as a bespoke trip for private groups, if you want to visit Canna then also consider our Small Isles Expedition.

STORY

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

*MAKING YOUR ESCAPE - We’ll head off to Arisaig to collect the kayaks and kit, then head up to Mallaig for the ferry to Canna. There will be time on the way to take a little stroll on the famous Silver sands of Morar before settling in for the ferry crossing to the island - keep an eye out for Dolphins or Minke whales - often seen from the ferry.

Arriving on Canna is a wonderful experience, with that instant feel of being far away from everywhere else. We’ll have a little explore and then take to the kayaks for a Sea Kayak Journey - if you’ve not spent much time in a kayak before then we’ll make sure you get to brush up on the essential skills before heading out.

We’ll finish the day with a meal in Cafe Canna - freshly landed Lobster is a local speciality.

DAY ONE *MAKING YOUR ESCAPE

| Meet 10.30 Fort William

| Travel to Isle of Canna

| Explore by sea kayak

| Eat - Canna Cafe

| Stay - Canna campsite Bothies

*EXPLORE A WILD ISLAND - We’ll wake up in a wild setting, our accommodation is in perfectly situated wooden bothies with a clear sea view. 

We now have the whole day to play with - we’ll use it well - going for a longer explore in the sea kayaks and on foot. The island is home to lots of Puffins and other sea birds, we’ll see them dart back and forth from the cliffs as we paddle along. The conditions will dictate exactly how we spend the day - there are lots of options for sea kayaking and exploring the island on foot, if the conditions are good we'll aim to spend the full day in the sea kayaks. We’ll end the day at the Bothies, cooking a fresh meal over an open fire. We'll leave time to explore the harbour and village and soak up the unique atmosphere of being on Canna.

Day 3 - Our last morning on the island - we’ll have time to go for another little explore or we may just choose to relax and take in our surroundings, being on a remote Scottish island has wonderful feel to it, we’ll savour every moment. An early afternoon ferry will take us back to Mallaig and on to Fort William where we’ll say our goodbyes - until next time!

DAY TWO AND THREE *EXPLORE A WILD ISLAND

| Explore by sea kayak & on foot

| Stay - Canna campsite Bothies

Trip ends - Fort William 17.00

DATES AND PRICES

£390 per person, includes guiding, equipment, food and accommodation.

This trip can be booked as a bespoke trip for private groups, if you want to visit Canna then also consider our Small Isles Expedition.

ACCOMMODATION

Accommodation is in Canna campsite pods, these simple wooden shelters are perfectly situated on the quiet Canna campsite, with showers and toilets and are a great base to explore from. Each bothy will be shared, either as a couple or with another group member of the same gender.

FOOD

Includes meals - lunch on day one through to lunch on day 3. We will eat one meal in the wonderful Canna cafe, cooking a second meal on the Canna campsite. 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.

LOCATION

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Up to 6 people.

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 on the West coast.

We can provide all specialist sea kayaking 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.

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