sea kayaking day trips
improve your sea kayaking skills
During the spring and summer months into early autumn we run day journeys or tours for those who wish to venture into more challenging country without staying out overnight. These are undertaken mostly by sea kayak but can also be undertaken by open canoe/
These local day paddles by sea kayak are ideal for individuals, families or groups of friends who do not necessarily have a high level of technical skills but who have paddled sea kayaks before and who really do want to get out there on the water. Experience a unique sheltered coastal paddling experience with spectacular west coast highland scenery on a full guided sea kayak adventure. However, some sea kayak trips may be considered to be more technical
Previous Experience| Some level of personal skills and previous experience is preferred on these day tours for clients to really enjoy their day tour. These are ideal opportunities to get away from everything with family and friends.
Minimum Ages | We do not take unaccompanied youngsters with us on these day tours below the age of 12 yrs. We do have plenty of other options for unaccompanied young people under the age of 12 years on our other paddlesports activity days.
| sea kayaking day trips • for improvers on tidal sea lochs & coastal fringes
|Adult||Junior 16 yrs and under (minimum age 12 years)||Family Day Tickets (sample | max 2 adults & 2 juniors)|
|Full Day||£ 70||£ 52.50||£ 184.00|
|1/2 Da||£52.25||£ 39||£ 146.00|
|Wet Suit Hire|
|Full Day||£ 5.00|
|1/2 Day||£ 3.50|
Below are just some samples of thoroughly enjoyable days out on the sea. At all times you are accompanied by trained guides who interpret the wild life around you and ensure your comfort.
Loch Linnhe down to Inverscaddle Bay (half or full day)
Only minutes from our doorstep it is possible to paddle in one of our sea kayaks down the tidal waters of Loch Linnhe. This is a protected marine coastal inlet which is one of Scotland’s longest inlets from the open sea with superb views of Ben Nevis and the surrounding mountains – from sea level. Your lunch destination will be on the shoreline or a small, uninhabited island with great views of the inlet and mountains. The small islands just off the end of the Caledonian Canal – literally a (long) stone’s throw from our doorstep – are excellent easy exploring type paddling for beginners. Refresh yourself with your picnic lunch – maybe down at Inverscaddle Bay (on a full day) – site of Gregory’s Rock. There is may be time for a swim on a hot day – if the water is warm enough!! A walk through along the shore the woods or just nap in the sun before you return to our base rejuvenated invigorated and recharged.
Visually marine lochs such as Loch Linnhe resemble the beauty and calm of freshwater mountain lakes. However, they are connected (eventually!) to the Atlantic Ocean and Irish Sea and contain a similar diversity of marine life. The rocky shores are covered with barnacles, mussels, anemones, sea stars and crabs, as well as various types of seaweed. The most common sea mammal here is the grey seal that happily laze on small tidal islands in the loch sunning themselves. Their heads often pop up above the water and their curious large eyes follow your every movement. Although not common, we can often see dolphins in the loch along with very occasional minke whales and rare orcas. Coomnly seen on the loch are terns, cormorants, shags, guillemots, kittewakes and more common sea gulls. At low tidal drops, the shores attract other water birds at different times of the year. During the winter months the area is home to migrating ducks, geese, grebes, and other diving birds.
Corran Narrows ( full day only)
On a full day paddle by open boat or sea kayak there is the option to cross the water from Fort William to Ardgour and then head out south west through the tidal Corran Narrows where it opens up into the wide expanse of Lower Loch Linnhe and the Argyll mountains beyond. But only if the tide is right – both for going and coming back!
Loch Eil (half or full day)
Or head over to Ardgour and head north and west through the tidal surge at Annat Narrows – if the tide is right! – into Loch Eil and the mountains beyond.
Glen Coe and Loch Leven ( full day only)
If the tides are just right, starting just south of Fort William is an ideal beginner’s day paddle into Loch Leven with the mountains of Glencoe crowding in steeply from both sides – especially if the tide and wind are at your back! The sheltered bays and outcrops offer an outstanding coastline with views to crags and ridges of Glencoe and the Mamores.
Port Appin ( full day only)
A paddle by sea kayak from south of Ballachullish towards Port Appin is a journey based around the iconic Castle Stalker – which lends it self to a beautiful scenic tour to the islands of Shuna and Lismore. On a good day there is the option to take in a circumnavigation of the islands before returning to the island castle surrounded by the sea.
Loch Ailort and the Ardnish Penninsula ( full day only)
This is a “must do” beginner / improver trip out to the west coast on this sheltered sea loch with totally amazing views out to Eigg, Muck, Rum and Canna. There may even be a trip to the Arnish Penninsula with its amazing “singing sands”. Here you may even get a taste of some rolling Atlantic swells coming in from the west.
Arisaig and the Skerries ( full day only)
Take our minibus trip “out west” to the far coastal fringes looking out to the western isles on the far horizon, with the Small Isles of Eigg, Muck, Rum, Canna and Skye in the nearer distance. This coast line is fringed with small tidal islands – skerries, plus many inlets, creeks and headlands to explore. This sheltered west coast waterfront tour will provide an opportunity for you to view this wonderful area from a vantage point rarely seen by thousands of annual visitors. These excursions can begin at various locations and times depending upon the day’s weather and tide conditions. Most often this tour will originate at Arisaig, adjacent to the harbour or from one of the nearby beaches and without surf. Alternatively, we can launch at one of the more secluded spots for a more extensive tour.
After a brief sea kayak orientation and introductory lesson from our guides, we’ll launch our kayaks for a “backstage experience,” and continue on out to sea or along the coastline we’ll probably head into the breeze for the first leg of our tour, so we can coast downwind on the way back. If there’s time we’ll cruise the shoreline for a mellow finish to the day. You’ll gain a unique appreciation for the panoramic views of Knoydart and the Small Isles. These more sheltered, sometimes calm waters offer breathtaking views of beaches and mountains – making this a favourite location for sea kayakers. This excursion provides an excellent introduction to the secrets that coastal and sea kayaking can unveil, and the added pleasures of sharing a day exploring on the sea alongside family and friends.