Sea Kayaking in North West Scotland ~ Applecross Peninsula & the Isle of Skye


from £370

Spend 4 days exploring the great sea lochs, cliffs, caves & headlands of the Misty Isle from a facilitated campsite base.

Self Cater Option


-Qualified, local guiding and instruction
-All local transport throughout
-Free pick up at local rail/bus station by arrangement
-All specialist equipment: No hidden hire costs
-You self cater throughout the week, eating out options available on most nights, supermarkets plentiful. You'll need your own cooker, fuel etc.

All campsite fees are paid directly at the time by you

Catered Option


-Qualified, local guiding and instruction
-All local transport throughout
-Free pick up at local rail station or bus stop by arrangement.
-All specialist equipment: No hidden hire costs
-You will be fully catered for throughout the expedition with fresh cooked food at camp, lunch and breakfast provided.

All campsite fees are paid directly at the time by you

Stay at the Applecross Campsite in cosy winter Wishbone Cabins or camp.


" what a wildlife fest! And the best kayak guiding I've ever had too. You guys are thorough! I learned so much and have come away with not just a great holiday but lots of confidence and improved kayak skills. Really impressed that you guys cross the T's and dot the i's when it comes to all elements of kayaking. The fact that so much effort was put into not just the guiding routes but also into individual improvement helped me to enjoy the trip even more. Can't wait to do another trip " Helen Jackson May 2015

"thank you for an amazing trip and all your local knowledge of all the nooks and crannies of this wonderful island. Your organisation was well thought out and the travelling, camping, cooking and kayaking was seamless. Thanks for the drams too. So impressed that you worked with and guided us on the sea all day Mike, and cooked for us and had good craic in the evenings too. Top marks" David Wilson May 2015

One of the many caves on the Isle of Skye coastline Skye kayak expedition June 2007

One of the many caves on the Isle of Skye coastline

Spectacular volcanic geology paddling around north Skye

Spectacular volcanic geology paddling around North Skye


Company whilst paddling: porpoise playing around the kayak group.


Below the Black Cuillin ridge , July 2015

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A portage to the fresh water Loch Coire Uisge and the Cuillin ridge

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Loch Coire Uisge

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The impressive steep mountains of the Cuillin, July 2015

Trip Description

Sea kayaking around the Isle of Skye is truly one of the great paddling destinations on the planet. You've just got to check out how many movies are filmed here to see what a visually stunning location it is.

Volcanic scenery dominates the island with the sweeping Trotternish sky line inthe north and the precipitous Black Cuillin ridge in the south. 

Along the Skye shoreline the sea has carved cliffs, caves and pinnacles that make for some of the most interesting sea kayak exploration anywhere.

The island as a whole has a series of peninsulas punctuated by great sea lochs which are visited by Dolphins, whales, Basking sharks and a staggering variety of sea bird life.


Recently voted the 4th best island by National Geographic, take this opportunity to explore the natural beauty and grandure of Skye by sea kayak.

To get the best out of the paddling week we initially base ourselves at Edinbane campsite allowing easy access to locations such as the beautiful Loch Dunvegan and awe inspiring North Skye.

In the early part of the week time will be spent looking at paddle skills enabling you to learn some new stuff or polish up some rusty skills.


Towards the second half of this trip we’ll head to South Skye to camp at Sligachean campsite and paddle out to the Sound of Raasay and, probably the most spectacular paddling venue in Scotland, Loch Scavaig & the Cuillin Ridge.

Being mobile each day, with mini bus and kayak trailer, we can choose the most sheltered locations to paddle while experiencing the best that Skye has to offer.


In all of our sea kayaking experience across the globe we can honestly say that there is not a single location with the variety that the Isle of Skye has to offer - genuinely a trip not to miss. 



Typical Itinerary

Sunday: Your travel day - get to Portree, Kyle of Lochalsh, Strathcarron or Loch Carron for Sunday night ready for pick up on Monday morning. Rail connections and bus available to all locations - see Scotrail or Scottish Citylink.

Monday: We travel from our base in Applecross with all the kayaks & kit to pick up all trip participants at the locations en-route to North Skye and settle in to Edinbane campsite early ready for an afternoon kayak trip with instruction period before hand. Explore the small Island of Isay & its nearby coral beach from the village of Stein.

Tuesday: Head to the North tip of Skye for the day to either Rubha Hunish or Kilmaluag Bay and the Flodigarry sea cliffs. Second night at Edinbane.

Wednesday: Head South to Loch Bracadale to explore the caves of the Isle of Wiay. Camp at Sligachean.

Thursday: Paddle out from Elgol to Camusunary and Loch Coruisk below the Majestic Cuillin ridge or South to the Sleat peninsula and a paddle out around the point of Sleat.

Friday: Travel day. Time to head south.

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


Sunday travel ready for Monday morning pick up
Monday to Thursday kayak days
Travel home late Thursday or Friday

Instructor Ratio


Suitable For

Anyone with good fitness wanting to experience some varied sea kayaking on day tours.Good for beginners and all kayak ability as this is essentially a good mix of instruction with day guiding and exploring. Instruction will be offered each day if you don't have good paddle knowledge and we'll improve the skills that you do have.


2019 Dates


April 29 - May 2     May 13-16 , 27 - 30       June  10-13 , 17-20  July  8-11 , 22 - 25     Aug  5-8,  19-22

Sep 23 - 26  ,   Oct 21-24 

Note: Actual activity days shown. Arrival & departure travel days are either side of above dates. Other dates may be available with demand. Email first, before booking, to check space as above dates may already be full.

Discounts & Groups

If you are in any of the following categories then you'll get a discount of 10% per person off the Trip only option shown - discounts are per person only with valid employee id.

Fire , Police , Armed forces currently serving or disabled ex servicemen/women , nurses & paramedic workers (NHS only) , students, Parents & 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.