WILD KAYAK * WILD FOOD - PADDLE, FORAGE & WILD CAMP
3 day expedition Arisaig Wild camp
Forage and paddle, journey and learn, drink some Elderflower champagne and watch the sunset - wild food and kayaking just work so well together. We are very excited to be collaborating with Mark Williams - one of Scotland's leading wild food experts. Journey by sea kayak to remote beaches where we'll explore on foot, learning about and harvesting wild food, ready to paddle on and prepare an evening feast at our chosen wild camp.
WHAT TO EXPECT
A 3 day expedition exploring the Sound of Arisaig, combining a sea kayak journey with foraging led by wild food expert Mark Williams.
- Journey in the Sound of Arisaig - our home waters have some excellent spots to wild camp and some stunning coastline to explore.
- Learn about wild food from an expert foraging teacher.
- Sip wild cocktails, learn how to harvest seaweeds and enjoy incorporating wild ingredients into our freshly prepared expedition meals.
- Perfectly suitable for beginners as full sea kayaking tuition will be given or experienced kayakers wanting to learn more about wild food.
3 Days | £390 per person | food included | scroll down for full details.
Shown as a guide, each trip has its own story, plans are always open to change.
*JOURNEY & FORAGE - The real beauty of foraging is it helps you connect to a landscape in a whole new way. it gives you reason to lie in the grass, to poke your fingers through the earth in search of a pignut, to scramble over rocks and pick through layers of dulse - mix it with the random weavings of a sea kayak journey and you have the ideal antidote to nature-detached-modernity, a perfect little moment of wild escape.
Over the course of the expedition, you will receive expert tuition on how to find, identify, mindfully harvest, preserve, cook and enjoy a multitude of wild edibles. Highlights include shellfish, seaweeds, coastal succulent plants and maritime herbs.
DAY ONE *JOURNEY & FORAGE
| Meet Arisaig at 09.30
| Sea kayak - Sound of Arisaig
| Stay - Wild camp
*WILD CAMP & WILD FOOD - We'll spend 3 days journeying by sea kayak in the Sound of Arisaig - weaving between islands, exploring sea lochs and camping above remote beaches. All the time our expert forager Mark Williams will guide you to discover new things - Seaweeds, shellfish and maritime plants. He will teach you about identification, poisonous lookalikes, mindful harvesting, folklore/traditional uses, modern gourmet/medicinal uses, nutrition, processing, recipes and cooking tips - he is a font of knowledge!
We'll prepare meals from our finds, supplemented with our own supplies. You'll finish the trip brimming with new knowledge and refreshed from three days of journeying in good company with good food in a beautiful setting - what's not to like : )
DAY TWO AND THREE *WILD CAMP & WILD FOOD
| Explore by sea kayak
| Stay - Wild Camp
| Trip ends - Arisaig 14.00
DATES AND PRICES
£390 per person, includes guiding, equipment and food
For this trip we will be wild camping for two nights - 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.
Includes meals - lunch on day one through to lunch on day 3. We can accommodate any dietary requirements if notified in advance. We will 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.
Mark Williams is the foraging expert joining us on this trip - a member of the Association of foragers and a full time foraging teacher and consultant. He has a wealth of knowledge and is great fun to work with, his website is an excellent resource on wild food:
START AND FINISH
Meet at Arisaig at 09.30. Finish at 14.00 Arisaig.
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?
This trip is graded green - it is suitable for beginners put should be perfectly enjoyable for experienced kayakers as well.
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 we will use an alternative sheltered location in the Sound of Arisaig.
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.