60 DEGREES NORTH - SEA KAYAK ORKNEY AND SHETLAND

10 day expedition Orkney and Shetland Wild camp & Lodge

Our lead guide Mike used to live out on Orkney - ask him about the place and he'll tell you its his second favourite sea kayaking destination in Scotland, Shetland being the first! We will be visiting both this summer. A sea kayaking holiday to Orkney or Shetland has a lot to offer - the many different aspects and types of coastline coupled with the Atlantic on one side and the North sea on the other means that there will always be lots of energy in the sea. However, its not all big waves and exposed headlands - there are many sheltered sections of coastline to explore and they are no less spectacular than the big Atlantic cliffs.

We will either paddle day trips from a base on the islands or if conditions allow then we'll head out on expedition, or complete a combination of the two.

WHAT TO EXPECT

A ten day expedition exploring the Orkney and Shetland Isles.

  • Spectacular islands offering some stunning sea kayaking.
  • The islands are rich in wildlife - Seabirds, Seals, Otters and Whales can all be seen here.
  • A chance to complete advanced sea kayaking journeys with powerful tides and exposed coastline.

10 Days | £940 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.

*THE MOST NORTHERLY SEA KAYAKERS IN BRITAIN - For a moment we had been the most northerly sea kayakers in Britain, paddling out to Muckle Flugga at the very northern edge of the Shetland Isles. The Swell and tide hadn't made things easy but we all pushed on, reveling in the challenge on offer. We reached the lighthouse and looked out across an unbroken arc of sea to the North - there was nothing between us and the Arctic. For the next few hours we paddled between the stacks and cliffs of Hermaness, through caves and tunnels and always in the presence of thousands of seabirds.

JOURNEY *THE MOST NORTHERLY SEA KAYAKERS IN BRITAIN

| Sea kayak journey

| Stay - Wild camp

We had paddled underneath the cliffs at Hermaness and watched a few thousand Gannets circle over our heads. Now we set off to walk to the cliff top and watch the Gannets from above. Although it was late in the day there was plenty of light - this far north the sun hardly sets in the summer months. The scene from the cliff top drew us in for hours as we watched the Gannets through the bands of cloud and light that moved over the cliffs. This extreme, wild edge of our islands was fascinating to us - a place none of us could imagine existing amongst our crowded islands.

Explore by sea kayak

DATES AND PRICES

£940 per person, includes guiding, equipment and food

ACCOMMODATION

For this trip we will either be staying lodges/hostels or wild camping depending on conditions and the needs of the group, accommodation is not included in the price.

FOOD

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

START AND FINISH

Meet at Arisaig at 09.30 or Inverness at 12.00. Finish at 08.00 Aberdeen or 13.00 Arisaig.

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. We may paddle up to 25km in a day, we may also paddle in more demanding conditions such as areas of strong tidal flow or with waves of over 1m for sustained periods. You should be comfortable handling a sea kayak in force 4 to 5 winds. We may also paddle sections of remote and exposed coastline. If you have your BC 3 star or above then you should find this trip achievable.

What will the weather be like?

The weather in the Northern Isles can be varied but it also changes quite quickly, over the last few years it has been very rare that we've had to take a day off the water due to strong winds and we've had some wonderful periods of light winds and calm seas. The islands do offer some more sheltered options and we can nearly always find somewhere good to paddle in any 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

Full terms and conditions regarding booking our trips can be read here.

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