WILD ISLANDS - THE SMALL ISLES EXPLORE
5 day expedition The Small Isles Cabins & Wild camp
WHAT TO EXPECT The Small Isles are a superb place for sea kayaking and we have run expeditions here for many years. However, to paddle an expedition here and cross between the islands demands a lot of sea kayaking experience and commitment. This kayak trip allows you to access some superb sea kayaking on the islands without having to commit to open crossings, making this trip suitable for those with less sea kayaking experience or those who don't like the idea of being far out at sea.
On this trip we visit the islands of Canna, Rum and Eigg - using the ferry to move between the islands. We stay in comfortable camping cabins and enjoy one night wild camping on the Isle of Rum.
TRIP HIGHLIGHTS A five day sea kayaking holiday around the islands of Canna, Rum and Eigg, paddling day trips and an overnight exped on Rum.
- Wild islands full of individual character and history.
- Stay in comfortable camping cabins in beautiful and unique settings combined with a mini-exped to a remote beach.
- The islands are rich in wildlife - Eagles and Puffins, Seals and Otters, Dolphins and Whales can all be seen here.
- A chance to experience remote coastlines normally reserved for a committing expedition.
DATES AND PRICES 5 Days | £645 per person | food included | scroll down for full details.
Shown as a guide, each trip has its own story, plans are always open to change.
*THE ISLE OF CANNA - We'll arrive on Canna mid-afternoon on day one after a scenic ferry journey past the Isle of Skye. We will take to the water to explore, brush up on our sea kayaking skills and adapt to the peace and beauty of a Hebridean island. We'll eat in the waterside Canna cafe with wonderful views over Sanday to the Isle of Rum. Our second day allows a full day kayak trip to explore the large cliffs and caves on the island - home to thousands of Puffins and other seabirds during May and June. There will be time to explore the unique history of the island on a short walk around the village and time to relax on the perfectly situated Canna campsite.
DAY ONE & TWO *THE ISLE OF CANNA
| Meet Arisaig at 09.30
| Sea kayak journey Isle of Canna
| Stay - Canna campsite cabins
*THE ISLE OF RUM - We'll reach the Isle of Rum late on our second day and spend the night at the small hamlet and harbour of Kinloch. Rum is an epic wild place with miles of untouched coastline - we'll pack the boats and set off on a mini-expedition, aiming to spend the night on a remote beach. After waking up in the wild camped above our pristine beach, we'll pack the boats and head back to Kinloch ready to catch a mid-afternoon ferry to the Isle of Eigg, our third and final island of the trip.
DAY THREE & FOUR *THE ISLE OF RUM
| Overnight sea kayak exped
| Stay - Kinloch camping cabins & one night wild camp
*THE ISLE OF EIGG - We spend the last night of our trip at Galmisdale on the Isle of Eigg. Our camping cabins are perfectly situated above the small harbour with panoramic views back to the mainland. We'll eat in the Galmisdale bay cafe and explore the woods, beaches and history of the island. Our final day will see us setting off to explore the coastline of Eigg - we don't have to go far from Galmisdale to be surrounded by wild seas and coastline. We'll wave goodbye to the islands on a mid-afternoon ferry back to Mallaig.
DAY FIVE *THE ISLE OF EIGG
| Explore by sea kayak
| Stay - Eigg camping cabins
| Trip ends - Arisaig 16.30
DATES AND PRICES £645 per person, includes guiding, equipment and food (*£625 for 4th May trip)
ACCOMMODATION For this trip we will be staying in camping cabins on each of the islands and spending a night wild camping on Rum. The camping cabins are comfortable but basic shelters with toilets and showers available a short walk from the cabins, you sleep in sleeping bags in the cabins. They are all in beautiful settings and are loads more spacious than tents.
*On the 4th May departure we will spend 2 nights camping on the Isle of Rum.
FOOD Includes all meals with the exception of lunch and dinner on day one (we will eat in the Canna cafe) and dinner on day 4 (we will eat in the Galmisdale bay cafe on Eigg).
FERRIES This trip does rely on traveling by ferry between the islands, occasionally the ferry service is disrupted due to adverse weather conditions. Therefore in rare cases we may have to amend the itinerary and in extreme cases we may not be able to visit the islands but will offer an alternate trip.
START AND FINISH Meet at Arisaig at 09.30. Finish at 16.30 Arisaig.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Up to 6 people.
Individuals, couples or small groups of friends.
Yes - this trip is graded blue and is suitable for those with some sea kayaking experience.
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 will seek out the more sheltered parts of the islands. 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.
OTHER TRIPS TO CONSIDER
Trip calendar - If you would prefer to view our trips listed by date then we have a full calendar view of our scheduled trips