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


from £410

Duration 4 days: Join us on a sea kayak exploration of the most Fjord like sea loch in Scotland.

Trip Only Option


Qualified, local guiding and instruction
-All local transport throughout
-All specialist equipment: No hidden hire costs
-Fully catered: Fresh, homemade food and cakes provided on expedition days.

- 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

Fully Inclusive Guest House Option


Price includes
-3 nights Full Board inclusive of arrival & departure nights,
-4 days of sea kayaking
- all meals throughout the trip at guest house & on overnight camps.
- Qualified, local guiding and instruction
-All local transport throughout
--All specialist equipment: No hidden hire costs
-Fully catered: Fresh, homemade food and cakes provided on expedition.

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


" a serene and stunning location cradled by mountains. Thanks for a memorable few days. I really enjoyed the white sandy beaches of the Sandaig islands and the Porpoises at the head of Loch Hourn" James Hardy July 2014

" my wife and I, along with our kids, did this trip and can recommend it as a great family holiday. Just so much to see and we appreciated your care and patience with the youngsters. We even saw an otter at the Sandaig islands - particularly good as we'd watched Ring of Bright water the week before with the kids. 10/10" George Williams Aug 2014

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Kyle Rhea straights

The upper reaches of Loch Hourn Loch Hourn Knoydart Expedition

The upper reaches of Loch Hourn

loch hourn from ladhair bhein

Loch Hourn from Ladhair Bhein

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Calm, sheltered water, Loch Beag - the upper reaches of Loch Hourn, May 2013


Kayaks at camp, upper Loch Hourn


View from your tent, upper Loch Hourn


a local visitor to camp, Loch Hourn


lunch stop at Barrisdale bay


relaxing at camp, Loch Hourn


The stunning Sandaig islands, Loch Hourn

Trip Description

As a step up from the Inner Sound expedition this four day trip is based in Applecross for the first day to recap and refresh paddle skills. 

After which, we’ll be ready to explore Loch Hourn on day two.


Days two to four will be spent on expedition where we paddle the full length of Loch Hourn inland before heading west to the open Sound of Sleat and the Sandaig islands

(famous as the location where Gavin Maxwell lived and which features in his 'Ring of Bright Water' book and film).

Experience wild camping on the shingle and sandy shores and beaches of Loch Hourn. Enjoy homemade, fresh food, campfires and our own secret cake receipes whilst sat beneath the breathtaking mountains of the Knoydart wilderness.


Famed for its wildness and beauty, Knoydart and its Northern shores offer scenic sea paddling like no other. Inland to the east the Loch narrows to a mere 50 metres at Loch Beag and nearly 2 kilometres wide at the western open sea entrance to the Sound of Sleat.

Along the full length of the Loch beaches, islands and woodlands make for some fantastic varied scenery and some great wild camping spots.

You will need to have been in a kayak previously and have a reasonably good idea of some of the basic paddle skills prior to joining us. There is a day of preparation and training on day one though so don't worry if you're a bit rusty.

On a two night expedition in the sheltered sea loch this presents a chance to paddle in one of the great wilderness areas of Sotland and to build confidence towards longer kayak trips and expeditions.

Typical Itinerary

Day One - A relaxed morning to recap the foundation skills of paddling. Use of the paddle and all the basic control techniques will be covered as well as looking at intermediate paddle skills. In the afternoon we’ll go for a trip up the coast to get used to boats, kit and to enjoy the rugged coastline of Applecross.

Day Two AM- Planning and kit session to ensure that everyone is ready for the three day expedition and relocating to our put in point on the North shore of Loch Hourn ready to paddle of into the great sea loch 

The Expedition Days two to four- variable plan camping at the narrows or Barrisdale and aiming to get as far inland as Kinlochhourn and as far west as the Sandaig Islands.

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


Sunday night meet
Monday skills recap in Applecross with an afternoon trip
Tuesday to Thursday relocating and on expedition
Thursday pm finish - final night in Applecross pub departing Friday morning.

Instructor Ratio


Suitable For

Anyone with good fitness (regular upper body exercise pre-trip essential!) You need to have paddled before and know the basic paddle skills allowing us to start on expedition on day two after a short recap on day one. Anyone with good fitness wanting to experience sea kayaking with the camping/expedition element.

2018 Dates

April 30 - May  3     May 14-17  , 28 - 31       June  11-14 , 18-21   July  9-12 , 16-19 , 23-26    Aug  6-9 , 20-23    Sep 17-20  Oct 22-25

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.