Knoydart Explorer – 5 Days Sea Kayaking and Hillwalking
This is our only multi-activity trip. You will paddle from Mallaig to the remote Knoydart peninsula and do some hillwalking for 2 days. There is even a stop at Inverie, one of the most remote villages in mainland UK. This place can only be reached by water.
Knoydart is one of the most remote and hardest to reach areas in the Highlands of Scotland. However, by sea kayak, it is a more pleasant way of discovering the magnificent hills of Knoydart.
This trip starts in Mallaig and the sea kayaking journey will lead us to the end of Loch Nevis. Once there the hills in the area will be explored.
This is a really special trip if you are into hillwalking and sea kayaking. The trip will take you to a remote bothy in Knoydart called Sourlies. We will be camping there. There is some great wildlife in the area. You may even come across 2 friendly deer and the fattest mouse in Scotland… Gordon. There is also a small seal colony in Loch Nevis.
On our 5-day sea kayaking journey, we will always go wild camping at Sourlies Bothy and one or 2 nights at the Knoydart community campsite in Inverie.
Can’t find the right date or trip? Simply contact us and we will try our best to organise a different date for you.
What is included in this tour?
Items that are included in the cost of the tour price.
Qualified Sea Kayaking Coach and Mountain Leader
Fibreglass sea kayaks (limited amount available)
High-quality Werner sea kayak paddles
Tent, sleeping bag and sleeping mat
Friendly, relaxing and professional environment
Limited transportation to the start
Ferry to/from Inverie at bad weather
Day 1 Meet up at Mallaig Harbour get introduced and start packing the sea kayaks. If the sea is too rough to kayak in we can use one of the ferries into Inverie to avoid the exposed area. Paddle into Loch Nevis and as far as Sourlies. Should arrive at the camping area in the late afternoon or early evening.
Day 2 Walk up some of the hills nearby. Sgurr na Ciche would be perfect to start with.
Day 3 There are other nice hills in the area like Sgurr na h-Aide and Meall Bhasiter.
Day 4 Kayaking out to Inverie. We can also go for a smaller walk if the time allows. In what order depends on the weather forecast or how everyone feels. Spend the last evening at the Old Forge (most remote pub in mainland UK)
Day 5 Paddle back to Mallaig with a possibility to explore some more of the coastline. Be back in the early afternoon and start loading the vehicles up with the gear.
What we offer beyond the norm!
At Unexplored Scotland, we always offer more and better quality kit than anyone else out there. Fibreglass kayaks and lighter paddles with carbon shafts are nicer to paddle than the usual plastic kayaks. Our MSR tents are always well looked after and the sleeping mats are the best available. After all, we want you to be comfortable while on our trips.
Most other Outdoor Providers
BCU Level 3 or higher Sea Kayak Instructor
Composite Sea Kayaks *
High-Quality paddles **
High-Quality Kayaking Equipment ***
High-Quality MSR Tents
Term a Rest sleeping Mats ****
Sleeping Bags and Liners
Therm a Rest camping chairs
Waterproof Cameras *****
Photo Sharing ******
* Almost all outdoor providers in Scotland would only offer plastic sea kayaks. These are not nearly as nice to paddle and tend to have less room to make the trip more comfortable.
** Our paddles are a selection from Werner, Lendal and Palm.
*** All our buoyancy aids are tested every year. We provide Ortlieb 13L drybags and compression dry bags for sleeping bags.
**** All sleeping mats are Therm a Rest NeoAir XTherm or Venture inflatable mats.
***** We offer the use of a selection of Lumix and Fiji waterproof cameras.
****** We share all photos after the trip for free.