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10 day expedition Orkney and Shetland Wild camp & Lodge

WHAT TO EXPECT   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.

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS   A ten day sea kayak holiday 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.

DATES AND PRICES 10 Days | £940 per person | food included | scroll down for full details. 


16th - 24th June 2018 | Please get in touch if you are interested in joining this trip.


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.


| 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.

16th - 24th June 2018 | Please get in touch if you are interested in joining this trip.

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.



Up to 8 people.

This trip is graded Red Plus and is our most advanced journey. You should have a good level of experience and ability in a sea kayak, being able to confidently handle the kayak in force 5 winds and being accustomed to paddling efficiently over distance and feeling comfortable out on the sea. The daily distances and physical demands on this trip will vary but you should have the fitness to paddle up to 30km in a day. This trip is designed to give intermediate and advanced paddlers the opportunity to experience some challenging and committing paddling. If you have your BCU 4 star you should get on fine, BCU 3 star paddlers should find the trip enjoyable and within their capability but more challenging. There are some very strong tidal flows around the islands and some excellent tidal races and so some experience of tidal paddling is essential for this trip, as is paddling in confused seas such as areas of clapotis. If in doubt about your suitability for the trip then feel free to get in touch.

The weather in the Northern Isles can be varied but it also changes quite quickly, over the last few years it has been 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.

We can provide all specialist sea kayaking and camping kit. Full details are given in a kit list when you book a trip or if you'd like to read a kit list now then see this -  kit list

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


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