Sea Kayaking in Scotland, Canada, Croatia, Arctic Norway

THE ISLES OF RAASAY & RONA SEA KAYAK EXPEDITION ~ SCOTLAND

from £420

For nearly a week we’ll go with the winds and tides on a flexible plan aiming to circumnavigate both Islands. Expedition food is provided with fresh, local ingredients and our own secret cake recipes!

As this is a pack and paddle expedition we do not include accommodation on the nights before and after the trip. However, we can arrange this for you 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/

Fully Catered option

£480

-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.
3 meals per day.

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

Self Cater Option

£420

Price Includes
-Qualified, local guiding and instruction
-All local transport throughout
-All specialist equipment: No hidden hire costs
-You need to self cater throughout the expedition
bringing your own cooking kit and food

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

Testimonials

"a more perfect venue for a trip I could not imagine. I just want to say a big, big thank you for enabling me to achieve something that I've always wanted to do. Your care and knowledge was amazing. I know you wont ever mention it but I need to point out the other guided group we met, who were lost in the dark, and who we shared our campsite with, were pretty upset that they hadn't booked with you first. Always go with the locals people and you'll never go wrong. You'll see me again on another trip that's for certain" Jennifer Brown July 2010

Isles of Rona & Raasay expedition

"some of the wild camps we stopped at were the best I've ever been to. Your knowledge of the coastline was second to none. Memories include the Minke whale in the Caol Rona, Dolphins at the north end of the isle of Rona and the Sea Eagle below the cliffs of Dun Cann. Thank you so much for all the care, patience and insight into these wonderful islands. What a privilege" James MacIlroy Aug 2014

Arriving at camp Northeast Raasay Isle of Rhona Raasay Expedition

Arriving at camp Northeast Raasay Isle of Rhona Raasay Expedition

Lazy seal Isles of Raasay Rhona Kayak Expedition July 2007

Lazy seal Isles of Raasay Rhona Kayak Expedition July 2007

Up close personal with one of our locals Raasay Rhona Kayak Expedition

Up close personal with one of our locals Raasay Rhona Kayak Expedition

Volcanic scenery on south Isle of Raasay Inner Sound paddling July 2007

Volcanic scenery on south Isle of Raasay Inner Sound paddling July 2007

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Taking in the sights!

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an elevated kayak camp NW Raasay 2014

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About to cross from North Applecross to Rona, 2014

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Heading south near the Isle of Skye 2014

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The volcanic cliffs of Dun Caan, Isle of Raasay - probably the best shoreline paddle in Scotland

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Guide Mike Arkley at the Northern tip of the Isle of Rona

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High spirits leaving camp, Isle of Rona

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Spectacular kayaking looking towards the rugged peaks of the Isle of Skye

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In May and early June Puffins are everywhere

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Heading home after 5 days out

Trip Description

Sea kayaking in one of Scotland's true wildernesses.

 

This trip is available to competent kayakers who want to paddle one of our expedition single seat kayaks, or, kayakers with limited experience who will be able to enjoy the trip in one of our full sized expedition tandem kayaks. 

This is an excellent progression for those who have been on our Inner Sound Expedition trip. A week out in the boats will allow us to get to places that are completely uninhabited and untouched by man and experience the true beauty of sea kayaking and wilderness living.

 Even the wild life changes farther out around these Islands with whales and Dolphins being frequent visitors to the Sound of Raasay and the Minch.

This is a challenging and rewarding trip and as such requires good upper body fitness and condition and  3 star paddle skill levels for those wanting to paddle a single kayak (no certificate required).

Double  full sized expedition kayaks are available for anyone who is not a confident 3 star paddler and these are a great way to allow smaller, less physical paddlers, or older kids to join the trip. Just email us to chat about your requirements.

 

Our local guides will show you the hidden secrets and beauty of these islands that are right on our doorstep off the Applecross Peninsula.

Our itinerary involves open crossings via the Crowlin Islands to South Raasay with crossings of the North Inner Sound as well.

This is the wildest and best way to explore Raasay and Rona as we avoid the short access points via the busy Raasay ferry area at Sconser.

The majority of paddlers and expeditions use the easier Sconser route limiting paddling and missing out the adventure of crossing the Inner Sound where there is good deep water for wildlife opportunities.

 

Duration: Monday to Friday with an expedition planning session on the Monday morning and setting off following a preparation and packing session. Returning late the following Friday afternoon.

Typical Itinerary

Day One - Paddle to the Scenic Crowlin Islands and camp.

Day Two - Crossing of the South Inner Sound to South Raasay and continue up the West side of the island to camp Manish Point. Superb views of the Cuillin mountains on Skye all day.

Day Three - Continue via Eilean Fladday to North Rona and camp with an ever increasing wilderness feel to the trip.

Day Four - Paddle the West side of the Isle of Rona to the Caol Rona and continue down the East side of Raasay to camp at Brochel Bay.

Day Five - Paddle below the volcanic cliffs of Dun Caan to cross the Sound back to the Crowlin Islands heading North to finish at Applecross Bay.

On some trips the itnerary allows crossings of the North Inner Sound from North Rona across to the great beaches of Cuaig Bay and Sands on the Applecross Peninsula.

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

Schedule

Monday morning meet
Monday to Friday kayak days
Friday pm depart or stay for group farewell in pub Friday night, departing Saturday morning

Instructor Ratio

1:6

Suitable For

Anyone with good fitness (regular upper body exercise pre-trip essential!) Very good upper body condition & fitness required.
For single kayak: able to perform BCU 3+ star skills. By 'perform' we mean that you have used these skills a lot, in realistic conditions, to avoid capsize. You will also need the fitness/strength to paddle hard into strong wind for extended periods so will also have experience of this and the ability to increase kayak speed into wind and tide if required. If you are a not at these standards then you can still join the expedition but will need to opt for a double kayak shared with a partner/friend.

2017 Dates

May 22-26,     June 5-9,     July 3-8 , 10-14 , 17-21, 31 - 4 Aug , 

 Aug 7-11 ,  21-15 ,    Sep 18-22  Oct 23-27

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.