Sea Kayaking in Scotland, Canada, Croatia, Arctic Norway

INTRODUCTION TO EXPEDITION SEA KAYAKING

from £330

Takes place from a Saturday to Monday with most dates on UK bank holiday weekends. We'll cover all the basics on the first day to get you ready for a camping trip aiming to equip you with expedition knowledge and safety before heading out into the wilderness on Sunday. We'll take in some local Islands on the way and stop for lunch at one of the many beautiful and hidden beaches.A return to Applecross bay on the Monday, after your overnight camp in the beautiful coastal wilderness of the North West highlands, will see you refreshed and wanting to do more.

Trip Only

£330

-All instruction
-Guiding
-All equipment
-all local transport
-You pay your own accommodation & self-cater throughout.

- Note: Great option if you’re camping or have your own accommodation already or contact Applecross campsite and book one of the cabins below. Want a private or shared room at Applecross Hartfield Lodge hostel? Go to http://www.hartfieldhouse.org.uk/

Full Board

£560

- 3 nights guest house accommodation
- all meals at guest house & on overnight camp.
- All instruction
- Guiding
- All equipment
- all local transport

Full Board inclusive of arrival & departure nights, Coal Mhor Guest House, Camusteel

Testimonials

Thanks for a great break, looking forward to doing more kayaking! - K Dawson

"well , I flew to Inverness on a friday, caught a train, was picked up by you guys, had an amazing 3 days where all my senses were assaulted (in a good way), flew home and was still dining out on the memories of the Sea Eagles, Seals, otters and views. Waking up in a tent on Monday to the sound of the sea is a balm to my soul - especially as by Tuesday I'm on the tube in London. Considering I'd never sat in a kayak in my life before this I left with an amazing sense of achievement and peace. Thanks to everyone involved for helping me to make memories in a stunning place" Elizabeth McLellan Aug 2015

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Heading home after an overnight camp

Otter spotting at the Crowlin Islands Intro to Sea Kayaking Weekend

Otter spotting at the Crowlin Islands Intro to Sea Kayaking Weekend

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Overnight expedition at Coral Beach

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Saint Island, Applecross

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Clear waters off Applecross

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getting ready to set off after an overnight camp

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watching Porpoises

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smaller paddlers do well in our tandem kayaks

Trip Description

Sea kayaking in Scotland - learning basic skills - taking in the raw and natural beauty of the Highlands!

This is the shortest overnight camp trip we do and is a great intro if you’re short of time and want to make good use of the UK bank holiday weekends without using up your annual leave. It's possible to  get to Applecross, from anywhere in the UK, by friday evening, kayak in the wilderness for three days, depart Monday late afternoon, and be back refreshed for work on Tuesday morning.

You'll spend day one learning the basic skills of kayaking enabling you to get used to you boat, paddle and how to manouver yourself. An afternoon of confidence building paddle skills will complete your preparation for the overnight expedition on days two and three.

The morning of day two will be spent preparing for the overnight expedition focusing on planning, safety, weather and equipment needed before heading out in the afternoon to return on Monday. Typically on this trip we head south to the Crowlin islands and coral beaches of Applecross. Alternatively we have the sheltered Loch Torridon on the northern shores of Applecross peninsula allowing a more fjord like experience.

During the expedition enjoy fresh, local homecooked meals and escape into the wilds. Explore the beauty of the highlands and the hidden secrets of the sea. Visit the seal colonies and the remote islands before heading back to Applecross bay on Monday afternoon.

This trip is the best possible introduction to sea kayaking with an overnight camping element and is a great way to prepare yourself for further sea kayak adventures. 

Also take a look at our Inner Sound Kayak Expedition as this is simply an extended version of this trip and is still beginner orientated but with more time to train over two days for a three day wilderness camping expedition. Come and explore and immerse yourself in the wilds.

Typical Itinerary

Day One - a relaxed morning learning the foundation skills of paddling. Learn to use your paddle and all the basic control techniques. In the afternoon we'll develop these skills to put you fully in control of your kayak ready for an overnight trip on Sunday.

Day Two - A short planning session in the morning will allow you an insight into how to plan a day expedition safely - weather, tides, charts & navigation, kit needs and general safety tips all feature. From late morning we'll pack the kayaks ready for an overnight camp and get out into the wilds, visit coral beaches, see some seals and enjoy the beauty of the highlands.

Day Three - a relaxed day exploring the South Inner Sound, Crowlin Islands and local area prior to returning to Applecross Bay having completed your first expedition.

Please note: the above itinerary is a guide only as actual plans will be flexible to suit group & prevailing weather.

Schedule

Arrive Friday evening
Meet Saturday morning for first session
Pack and paddle off on Sunday to overnight camp
Paddle day on Monday with return to Applecross
Depart on Monday late afternoon or Tuesday morning

Instructor Ratio

1:6

Suitable For

Everyone - beginner orientated or advanced beginner/ early intermediate individuals who already paddle.

2017 Dates


 Mar 25-27    April 14-16 ,     May 13-15 , 22-24 , 27-29    June 3-5 , 10-12      July 8-10 , 22-24   Aug 5-7 , 12-14 , 26-28    Sep 16-18 , 23-25    Oct 14-16 , 21-23

Note: other dates may be available with demand. Email first, before booking, to check space as above dates may already be full.

Groups & Discounts


 If you are in any of the following categories then you'll get a discount of 10% per person off this trip  :

Fire , Police , Armed forces , nurses & paramedic workers , students , Kayak/Canoe club members, SCA/BCU members, Parent & kids - just chat to us by email and we'll apply the discount.

Private Guiding


 If you don't want to join an open trip with other people, or have a family/friends group of your own, then private instruction and guiding will meet your goals. Pricing is per person and will depend upon activity, distance travelled, peak or low season. We can email you a quote. Simply let us know where, when, what and for how many people. 

Need a Transfer to get to us?


 Add an airport pick up or return from Inverness — 2 hours from Applecross, £35 each way.

Add transfers to/from our nearest  rail station (Strathcarron on the Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh line) + £18 each way.

Please email to arrange transfers after booking and place a note in the booking form detailing your requirements.