Tel: +44 7787 446 934
Duration 5 days ~ Our most popular beginner trip with lots of time in days one and two for teaching and practice plus a three day camping expedition allowing time out in the wilds to discover the hidden beauty of the highlands.
Qualified, local guiding and instruction
-All local transport throughout
-All specialist equipment: No hidden hire costs
-You need to self cater on non expedition nights, eating out options available in the village
- We do however provide meals throughout the 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 http://www.hartfieldhouse.org.uk/
- all Accomodation at a local B&B
- all meals at guest house and on overnight camps. Except on your arrival travel day.
- Qualified, local guiding and instruction
- All local transport throughout
- All specialist equipment: No hidden hire costs
"What a week! We are all absolutely shattered but exhilarated! I never knew my body had such adrenalin. Kayaking, rock climbing, lunching with the seals - what better way to spend you holiday. Fabulous instruction from Mike, great group, lovely food & accommodation. Thanks for a great holiday - will definitely be back & will recommend this to all my chums." Sarah Clark
"I had some kayaking experience but my partner had very little. We spent the first two days learning kayaking skills and learning the characteristics of the kayaks. Mike's instruction was great and it was good fun learning good solid paddle strokes which have helped me in my kayaking since. We opted for the fully inclusive option so had very nice lunches in the sun on the first two days. On the third day we were talked through expedition planning skills and given an introduction to tides, weather, equipment etc. Having packed all the required food, tents and kit into the kayaks we were off into the Sound. What followed were two nights and two full days on the water, camping out at some great spots. We were lucky enough to spot porpoises, whales and a couple of otters, the best sighting being an otter just before we finished the trip as we headed back to applecross. We were treated to great food, great landscapes and great company. I can fully recommend this company to anyone who wants to experience wilderness and a bit of adventure in a fantastic setting. I would also recommend this a a great holiday whether you are a solo traveller, couple or family with children. I will definitely be going on a trip in the future, hopefully on one of the longer trips to Canada" Chris Armstrong July 2013
"Five days of beautiful kayaking and wild camping
Stunning surroundings for an amazing five days of kayaking. Mike took us from beginners to paddling off for a three day excursion with a lot of patience and took a great deal of care teaching us the basics very thoroughly. He has exceptional knowledge about the local flora and fauna and even teaches broader concerns like expedition planning. The equipment and preparation were excellent and we had complete faith in Mike's leadership of the group at all times. Delicious local food and comfortable accommodation. The perfect break from busy city life!" Gabriel Lambert Aug 2017
The best beginner or improver Sea kayaking Scotland has to offer!
Visit secret coves and beaches known by our local instructors.
We’ll ease you in with some splashing about on Applecross bay covering all the basics on day one, including a short coastal trip.
On day two we’ll be able to develop your paddle skills with intermediate training and learning how to get back into your kayak if you end up in the drink - essential, confidence building skills.
For the next three days the weather will determine where we go on expedition and on day 3 we'll sit around the maps and decide on a wilderness camping expedition plan.
Typically we paddle around the Crowlin Islands, staying at Uags point, the coral beach and maybe camping on one of the Islands eventually to return to Applecross bay.
Wildlife is ever present on the coastal fringes and local Islands and if the weather is really good then we can cross the Inner Sound to the Isle of Raasay allowing us a chance to see Puffins, Whales, seasonal Dolphins, and the ever present Porpoises.
Your trip base on the full board option will be Caol Mhor guest house where you’ll be well looked after by Rhona & Gerry.
This trip also has a trip only option if you wish to stay on the campsite or at Hartfield Lodge hostel too.
We've gone to great lengths to meet different budget options and all options are near or around Applecross Bay.
This is the best beginner/improver introduction to sea kayak expeditioning with time to train & learn properly, before the expedition, & enough time on the camping trip to experience some great sheltered paddling over the three days.
Shell & Maerl coral beaches, as well as soft Torridonian sandstone landing spots, make for a varied coastal experience.
With: Wilderness camping tent accommodation in the evenings during the expedition phase; homemade, fresh and local food; and the stunning Cuillin Ridge as a backdrop, this is an unforgettable trip and rightly our most popular experience in Scotland.
Day One: a relaxed morning learning the foundation skills of paddling. Use of the paddle and all the basic control techniques will be covered. In the afternoon we’ll develop these skills to put you fully in control of your kayak ready for progressing towards intermediate skills tomorrow.
Day Two: some more practice of the day one skills with progression into the paddle skills that help you to be stable. The afternoon is given over to learning how to help each other get back into your kayaks - essential safety skills for anyone kayaking at sea. (no one will be made to go upside down during this week)
The Expedition Days Three to Five - A planning session in the morning will allow you an insight into how to plan a multi-day expedition safely - weather, tides, charts & navigation, kit needs and general safety tips all feature. From late morning we’ll begin packing and preparing to paddle off into the wilderness to return on Friday afternoon refreshed and hooked on wilderness kayaking.
Please note: The above itinerary is a guide only as actual plans will be flexible to suit group & prevailing weather.
Sunday night meet
Monday to Friday Kayak days
Friday late afternoon finish
Novices and those with some paddle skills wanting to progress towards overnight expeditions. Anyone with good fitness wanting to experience sea kayaking with a camping/expedition element allowing us to paddle into the wilderness for a few days.
2021 - One date left this year 13-17 December.
MAY 2-6 , 10-14 , 16-20 , 23-27
JUNE 6-10 , 13-17,
JULY 18-22 , 25-29
AUG 1-5 , 8-12 , 15-19 , 22-26
SEP 19-23 , 26-30
OCT 3-7 , 24-28
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.
If you are in any of the following categories then you'll get a discount of 5% 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.
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.
Add an airport pick up or return from Inverness — 2 hours from Applecross, email for a quote for your group size.
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.