destination largely known for its whisky, golf and green glens, Wilderness Scotland provides adventurers and explorers the chance to gain a new seaworthy skill and a fresh perspective on the Highlands and the Islands of Scotland with sea kayaking and wild camping expeditions.
Spend the days gliding through the crystal clear turquoise waters of Scotland’s west coast and relax in the evenings at remote camps on isolated shorelines, stargazing under the spectacular night skies. Whether a first-time sea kayaker, or one with years of experience, kayaking in Scotland is a paddler’s paradise. Expert guides teach essential sea kayaking skills while travelers journey through some of the best coastal scenery in Scotland.
Sea Kayaking Introduction Course (No experience required)
This short break kayaking course for beginners will equip travelers with the essential kayaking skills to get them ready for longer sea kayak journeys. Based at Upper Loch Torridon in the north-west Highlands, adventurers benefit from learning the essential skills while enjoying some of the finest sea kayaking in Scotland. Explore Loch Shieldaig and Shieldaig Island, known for its beautiful Scots Pines and heronry, journey to Kishorn Island’s seal colony, and stay in a private bunkhouse getting a taste for expedition while preparing specially-devised menus together with the guide.
Sound of Arisaig [Some experience required]
Paddle through the sheltered, crystal-clear waters of the Sound of Arisaig, home to a rich diversity of wildlife and endless inspiring vistas – white sandy beaches set against the backdrop of the dramatic but gracefully sculpted Small Isles of Rum, Eigg and Muck. Kayak past the dramatic Castle Tioram into the sheltered waters of Loch Moidart and Loch nan Uamh, and set up camp on remote beaches and isolated islands covered by colorful natural woodlands, providing a perfect backdrop to relax after a day on the water.
The Summer Isles [Some experience required]
Known for its rich marine life with dolphins, porpoises, seals and whales, this region, kayakers discover this little-known archipelago of wild coastlines, natural rock arches and white-sand beaches. Paddlers follow the channel between the wildlife reserve of Isle Ristol and Eilean Mullagrach, explore the numerous channels and inlets between the islands, visit breathtaking Badentarbat Bay and camp on secluded white sandy beaches as well as Horse Island, home to legendary buried treasure!
Island Hopping in the Outer Hebrides [Challenging. Experience required]
This is sea kayaking for the connoisseur. North Uist and Harris boast some of the best sea kayaking in Scotland, with incredible wildlife and stunning coastal scenery. Adventurers explore the countless islands of Loch na Buaile and Loch Maddy, camp at the water’s edge under the stars, and end the week along the coastline of Harris, with its long, sandy beaches of the west coast and the skerries of the Sound of Harris, leaving sea kayakers spoiled for choice.
Wilderness Scotland’s robust portfolio of sea kayaking trips combine essential paddling instruction, with fresh and inventive cuisine and the wild Scottish coast. With a guide to guest ratio of 1:4 and a maximum of 8 participants per departure, there is plenty of time for individual coaching from the expert sea kayaking team.
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About Wilderness Scotland
Wilderness Scotland, established in 2001, is rated Europe’s No.1 Adventure Travel Company by National Geographic and is Scotland’s only five-star accredited adventure tour operator. In 2012, its outpost Wilderness Ireland was launched. Offering an unrivalled range of small-group departures, self-guided trips and custom vacations, Wilderness Scotland and Wilderness Ireland lead the way in active and nature-based travel to the remote and wild corners of Scotland, Wales, Ireland and the North of England. Popular outdoor experiences include hiking, road cycling and kayaking. Wildlife, cultural, photography and sailing adventures are also available.