7 day explore Harris & Lewis Base camp
WHAT TO EXPECT 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 kayak journeying possibilities under most conditions. This trip offers intermediate paddlers a great chance to experience some wilder coastline and exposed coastline.
TRIP HIGHLIGHTS A seven day explore holiday paddling sea kayak day trips from a base camp on the island of Harris & Lewis in the Outer Hebrides.
- 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.
DATES AND PRICES 7 Days | £845 per person | food included | scroll down for full details.
*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
ACCOMMODATION For this trip we will be camping - we'll set up a fixed camp in two or more 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
Up to 8 people.
Individuals, couples or small groups of friends.
Yes - this trip is graded Red and is suitable for those with an intermediate level of sea kayaking experience.
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 part of the Islands 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, 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 but they can be present in mid-summer in still and overcast conditions.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS Full terms and conditions regarding booking our trips can be read here.
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