WILD ISLANDS - THE SMALL ISLES EXPLORE
5 day expedition The Small Isles Cabins & Wild camp
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 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 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.
WHAT TO EXPECT
A five day explore trip 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.
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)
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.
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).
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
What size of group?
Up to 6 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 Blue. We will paddle up to 15km a day and may encounter some rougher water, some prior sea kayaking experience is advisable. If you've done an intro course then this trip may form a good next step, or if you are fit and confident and have a little bit of experience then this trip may also be suitable. We are more likely to encounter windier conditions than our trips around Arisaig.
What will the weather be like?
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. This changeable nature makes the west coast landscape what it is - elemental and powerful. Scotland has a real feeling of drama and intrigue because of its weather. If we do experience stronger winds and rough seas then there are sheltered areas of the islands we can use, depending on the wind direction and strength.
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. We rarely experience problems with midges on sea kayak trips but in humid, still and overcast conditions they may be out.
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.