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.
DATES AND PRICES 3 Days | £445 per person | food included | scroll down for full details.
*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
DATES AND PRICES
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.
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:
START AND FINISH Meet at Arisaig at 09.30. Finish at 17.00 Arisaig.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Up to 10 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.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS Full terms and conditions regarding booking our trips can be read here.
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