WILD HEBRIDES - SEA KAYAK HARRIS & LEWIS

7 day explore Harris & Lewis Base camp

The best beaches in the world - in our humble opinion! Harris and Lewis make an excellent sea kayaking destination, complete with everything you could want - wild islands, white sand beaches, rugged headlands, sheltered bays, sea stacks and caves. The islands are open to the full force of the Atlantic on their western side, with the east being open to the Minch - offering two contrasting coastlines that offer journeying possibilities under most conditions. This trip offers intermediate paddlers a great chance to experience some wilder coastline and exposed coastline.

WHAT TO EXPECT

A seven day explore trip paddling sea kayak day trips from a base camp on the island of Harris & Lewis.

  • Sea kayak above turquoise water, walk on white sand beaches and paddle round rugged cliffs and headlands.
  • Explore on day trips from two different comfortable base camps.
  • A chance to complete exciting sea kayaking journeys with powerful swell and exposed coastline.

7 Days | £790 per person | food included | scroll down for full details. 

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STORY

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

*SEA KAYAKING ON LEWIS - The Isle of Lewis, made from the oldest rock in Britain - Lewisian Gneiss, is a fortress against the full power of the Atlantic. It's Western edge is lined with cliffs, stacks and wave-washed beaches that have withstood countless storms. It is truly a spectacular place to explore in a sea kayak - the contrast between sheltered bays, sandy lagoons and the exposed headlands creates a landscape that offers almost everything you'd want from a sea kayak trip in a single day.

If the Western side of the island is out of bounds due to swell and wind then the Eastern side is a fantastic counterpart with several winding sea lochs to explore.

DAY ONE - THREE *SEA KAYAKING ON LEWIS

| Ferry from Ullapool to Stornoway

| Sea kayak journeys

| Stay - Fixed camp

*SEA KAYAKING ON HARRIS - The Isle of Harris has some of the best beaches anywhere - Luskentyre is becoming increasingly famous for its white sand and island and mountain backdrop. We can often paddle out to island beaches and make the first footprints in the white sand. The Harris Machair, a carpet of wildflowers above the beaches, is simply stunning in May and June and offers some great places to camp.

The Eastern side of Harris is an entirely different landscape with a rocky coastline indented with many small bays and sheltered spots - offering some very rewarding journeys when the Western side of the island is off limits.

DAY FOUR - SIX *SEA KAYAKING ON HARRIS

| Sea kayak journeys

| Stay - Fixed camp

| Trip ends Ullapool, Inverness or Arisaig

DATES AND PRICES

£790 per person, includes guiding, equipment and food.

ACCOMMODATION

For this trip we will be camping - we'll set up a fixed camp in two separate locations throughout the trip and paddle day trips.

FOOD

Includes meals. We can accommodate any dietary requirements if notified in advance.

START AND FINISH

Meet at Arisaig at 09.30, Inverness at 13.00 or Ullapool at 15.00. Finish at Ullapool 16.30, Inverness 18.30 or Arisaig at 21.30.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What size of group?

Up to 7 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 Red. This means that the trip is suitable for more experienced sea kayakers - as a minimum you should have completed at least 10 days of sea kayaking. We may encounter some rougher seas and so being confident in a sea kayak is important as is a good level of sea kayaking fitness.

What will the weather be like?

The weather in the Hebrides can be varied but it also changes quite quickly. The islands are open to the Atlantic and so can see some rough conditions at times. The islands do offer some more sheltered options and we can nearly always find somewhere good to paddle in any conditions. During the spring and summer there is a higher chance of encountering good conditions.

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

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