Sea Kayak and Sailing Holiday
- 7th – 10th August 2020 Wester Ross Experience
- 4th – 7th September 2020 Sandaig Island Experience
Our four day journey will see you exploring some of the most stunning Scottish scenery anywhere in Scotland. There will be an abundance of wildlife to view and you will get the chance to see and explore parts of the coastline that only those traveling by sea can.
Each day you will get the opportunity to sea kayak in some of the most remote and breathtaking environments Scotland has to offer whilst enjoying the comfort of being based on board MV Monadhliath. Our home from home the Monadhliath, offers comfortable private twin rooms along with a drying room and a comfortable salon. All meals are included and prepared by the crew of the boat, giving you the time to relax and enjoy your holiday.
Wester Ross Experience
Our journey begins with us meeting in Inverness. Collection can be made from the airport, train station or a hotel/B&B of your choice. We will then shuttle you up to Ardmair just North of Ullapool where our journey will begin. Your bags will be collected by the boat crew and transported out to the boat and we will get ready in our sea kayaks. This first day will see us getting used to our sea kayaks, learning the basic skills needed for the rest of the holiday and spending valuable time honing our skills. We will then travel out to the waiting boat in our sea kayaks where your bags will already be on board.
Day 2 will see us exploring Loch Ewe and the Isle of Ewe. This fascinating area is rich in 1st and 2nd World War history with old jetties and war memorials on the coastline. The area is still used today by the military and regularly has warships visit. We will also get the chance to explore the Isle of Ewe with its small seal colony and sheltered beach coves.
Our third day will see us in Loch Gairloch. We will be exploring the islands and the rich wildlife that inhabits this area. The coastline we will be kayaking along has small sea cliffs and a few wee caves that will be amazing to explore and are rich in bird life. There is also the small inlet village of Badachro that we will pass through with its small mooring bay. It is one of the most picturesque locations on the west coast of Scotland.
Our final day sees us head back to Ardmair. We will bid our farewells to the boat whilst at sea and board our sea kayaks. Your luggage will be ferried to the mainland by the boat’s crew and we will get the chance to explore this stunning open coastline. The cliffs are tall in this area and the landscape is massive giving you a true sense of the scale of the Western Highlands. Upon landing your bags will be waiting for you and you will be transported back to Inverness.
Arisaig and beyond
Our first morning will see us meeting in the town of Fort William. Pickup is available at either the train station or a hotel/B&B of your choice. We will then head up to the small village of Arisaig, a mecca for sea kayakers. Here your bags will be collected by the boats’s crew and shuttled out to the ship for you. We ourselves will spend our time preparing our sea kayaks and spending valuable time in this well sheltered bay getting used to our sea kayaks and how to handle them. We will then head out, cutting through islands that guard the entrance to this sheltered loch, exploring the rich wildlife and finally connecting with our waiting boat and your home from home for the next three nights.
Loch Nevis will be our first main destination and its remote shoreline will be our playground today. This remote loch with its small village and rich cultural history is only matched by its breath-taking scenery. If there is anywhere in Scotland that can make you feel small, then this is the place. The mountains will tower above us all day, and as we travel along the loch’s shoreline you will very quickly lose yourself in the remoteness of this very special place.
Day three will see us exploring Loch Hourn. This remote sea loch slowly cuts its way inland and with the Isle of Skye and the Cullins as our backdrop we again disappear into the wilderness. There are small clusters of islands that shelter a rich and diverse range of wildlife and the hills that will surround us host a range of birds including Sea Eagles and Golden Eagles. All of these we will explore from our sea kayaks. At the far end of the loch is the even more remote Loch Beag and if the tide is right, we will get the chance to slip through the narrows and truly lose ourselves.
Our final day will see us head back to Arisaig. We will still have a bit more time today so this will give us the opportunity to explore this rich and vibrant area of islands that are scattered along this coastline. We will be leaving our boat and kayaking from here. Your bags will be shuttled to the mainland by the boat’s crew leaving you time to relax on your final days paddle. There will be a maze of tiny channels that only our sea kayaks can slip through and with some gentle paddle strokes we will be immersed in the local area’s wildlife hot spot for one final morning. Once we land our transport will be waiting for us and you will be shuttled back to Fort William.
- Transport from Inverness/Fort William depending on trip
- Sea kayaks and all associated equipment
- Dry bags for the days sea kayaks
- 3 nights accommodation including all food and drinks from the first evening till the final days lunch
- Sea kayak guide
What do you need to bring
- Lunch for the first day
- Towel and wash kit
- Change of clothes
- Shoes for kayaking
- Waterproof trousers and jacket
- Hat and gloves
- Sense of adventure
- Clothes for on board ship
- Waterproof camera or waterproof phone case
- Who can go?
- Everyone from twelve upwards
- Do I need to have kayaked before?
- How long do we paddle for?
- We aim to be on the water for 10am. We will stop for around an hours’ lunch and should be back on board for around 4pm. However this can be flexible depending on the weather and how the trip is going. We also spend loads of time stopping and taking photos, etc., so there is never a rush. If we get too tired we simply call the boat and it comes and picks us up.
- Will I have to do an eskimo rescue/fall out of my kayak before starting?
- No. Those things are thankfully left in the past. All our kayaks are designed to be easy to get out if you should go upside down, however we will plan our journeys so that we should never be in a situation that leads to this.
- Will I have to cook and wash up?
- No. This will be dealt with by the boat’s crew.
- Are the rooms en-suite?
- No, but there are two bathrooms and one has a hot showers so privacy is assured.