3 day expedition Arisaig Wild camp
WHAT TO EXPECT 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.
TRIP HIGHLIGHTS A three day sea kayaking expedition exploring the Sound of Arisaig, combining a sea kayak journey with foraging led by wild food expert Mark Williams.
- Journey by sea kayak 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.
*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 17.00
ACCOMMODATION 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. Tents can be provided (see kit list for full details), if booking as an individual you will not have to share a tent.
FOOD 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.
FORAGING 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: Galloway Wild Foods
START AND FINISH Meet at Arisaig at 09.30. Finish at 17.00 Arisaig.
GROUP Up to 10 people with two guides.
KIT LIST Our expedition kit list applies to this trip. All specialist kayaking equipment and camping equipment can be provided.
TRIP GRADE This is an expedition style trip, we will paddle variable distances each day depending on the forecasted conditions. The trip is very flexible and is open to all levels of experience.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Individuals, couples or small groups of friends. This trip is not suitable for families.
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.
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