Sea Kayaking in Scotland, Canada, Croatia, Arctic Norway

INTRODUCTION TO SEA KAYAKING WEEKEND

from £220pp

Takes place on a Saturday and Sunday. All the basics are covered in detail on the first day to get you ready for a trip. We'll aim to head out for the whole day on day two taking in some local Islands on the way and stopping for lunch at one of the many beautiful and hidden beaches.

Trip Only Option

£220pp

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

Stay at the Applecross campsite or take advantage of the new SYHA Hostel in Applecross Go to  http://www.hartfieldhouse.org.uk/. Just visit their pages for full booking details. You pay for all of this separately.

Full Inclusive Option

£390pp

- 3 nights accommodation
-All meals
-Guiding
-Instruction
-Equipment
-Local transport

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

Testimonials

"I'd read the excellent trip advisor reviews so was amazed when my already high expectations were surpassed. If you're thinking of trying sea kayaking then go with this company. I'd had two bad experiences with other outfits but was determined to persevere with my sea kayaking goals. It's hard to explain in short but everything everyone says is spot on - they are thorough, and work hard to enable each individual to enjoy sea kayaking at their own level. Such a good intro weekend and, looking at all the other trips that M&SG do, I am now totally confident to progress through some expeditions. The Inner Sound expedition next and then who knows. Thanks Mike and hope to join you in Lofoten or Canada." Peter Greaves June 2015

"we did this weekend with our 8 year old. Me in a tandem with the wee one and dad in a single kayak. What a great time we had and I have to say it was the best family activity we've ever done. Heartwarming to see the look on on my child's face when the seals were around us and had a lump in my throat when his Dad had the very same look. Thank you all for such expert care and enthusiasm and of course your patience" Sue Gibson May 2015

"our first visit to the Applecross peninsula and now we don't want to go anywhere else. Fantastic weekend. Great equipment, superb instruction and an unbelievably good kayaking location. Came away with lots of kayaking confidence but really didn't expect to have felt part of the community - everyone was so welcoming. This place has a genuine, local feel with lots of individuals working hard to make the peninsula a good place to live. All the businesses are run by local people who live here year round and this makes the difference. We will return to the Sanctuary again" R Williams Aug 2015

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Winter paddling on Applecross Bay

Otter spotting at the Crowlin Islands Intro to Sea Kayaking Weekend

Otter spotting at the Crowlin Islands Intro to Sea Kayaking Weekend

Paddling wth the Isle of Skye in view

A trip along the coast with the seals and great views

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Learning about navigation, tides and planning

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learning in the shallow water of Applecross bay

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the point at which you realise what's possible

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kayaking is great for all ages

Trip Description

Learn to Sea Kayak in Scotland over two days in and around the beautiful Applecross peninsula.

These trips take place over any weekend in the summer and winter and are particularly popular on the bank holiday weekends.

We can also run the two days at any other time for groups of three or more.

So if you want to take part on any two day date then just email us and we'll see what's possible.

Find out what sea kayaking is all about - beaches, seals, otters and hidden treasures.

Of course the best thing about learning to kayak in Applecross is that you'll be paddling in one of the most scenic kayaking areas in Scotland and it also happens to be the most sheltered area too.

Applecross Bay is very shallow and sandy allowing a friendly environment for you to learn in and progress through the core paddling skills.

This means that you can enjoy the real benefits of kayaking while learning with confidence at the same time.

The two days will allow you to cover all the basic paddle skills and use them on a trip on the second day where you will be guided around the untouched islands and see the stunning beauty of the local area.

The aim of the trip is to build your confidence in kayaking and introduce you to the skills that will allow you to pursue kayaking further allowing you to join longer day trips or multi day kayak camping expeditions in the future.

Choose one of the options on the left and enjoy staying at the campsite, Hartfield Lodge Hostel or our local guest house.

Oh - and did we mention that everyone who works here lives here.

That means that we know the area better than anyone making the best use of your time and allowing an insight into this fantastic peninsula that is second to none.

So make the best use of your precious time and we look forward to seeing you this summer.

There's even some winter weekend dates which are great for blowing away the winter blues. 

All we do is to wrap up warmer and enjoy the winter shoreline too.

 

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 a day tour 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 until late afternoon we'll get out into the wilds, visit coral beaches, see some seals and enjoy the beauty of the highlands.

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

Schedule

Friday night meet
Saturday and Sunday kayak days
Sunday pm depart or stay for group farewell in the pub and depart Monday morning.

Instructor Ratio

1:8

Suitable For

Anyone with good fitness wanting to experience sea kayaking without the camping/expedition element. We've had paddlers as young as 8 (in a double kayak with an older family member of course) and as old as 78.

Dates

2017 :    April  8-9 , 15-16 , 29-30      May 6-7 , 13-14    June 10-11    July 15-16 , 22-23    Aug 5-6 , 12-13 , 19-20 , 26-27  Sep 23-24   

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.