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Knoydart Explorer – 5 Days Sea Kayaking and Hillwalking

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5 Days
Availability : May - September
Mallaig
Min Age : 18
Max People : 4

The Knoydart peninsula is one of the most remote areas of mainland UK. Even though Loch Nevis is a very sheltered sea loch it can still throw up the water a bit. But the rewards of stunning landscape and towering mountains is a good pay-off. The tour is usually 3 days of sea kayaking and 2 days of hillwalking. All depending on the weather and wind of course.

This trip is for beginner or intermediate paddlers and hillwalkers. Some sea kayaking experience is certainly of benefit.

Tour Details

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.

Camping

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.

Location

Mallaig

Start Time

10:00am

Price Includes

  • Guided Tour
  • Fibreglass Expedition Sea Kayak
  • Touring Paddle
  • Buoyancy Aid
  • Cagoule
  • Spraydeck
  • Drybags
  • Tent
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Therm a Rest Sleeping Mat
  • Food
  • Camping fee at Inverie

Price Excludes

  • Ferry costs
What to Expect

Knoydart is at the west coast of Scotland. Most of the time the weather is good for the area but it can sometimes be wet and windy. Be prepared for a time with some rain and even the possibility that we have to take a ferry to Inverie.

The rewards are worth the risk though. The further you paddle into Loch Nevis the more stunning is the scenery and you have a good chance to see some great wildlife in sheltered areas.

Prerequisite

Required Experience

  • Some hillwalking experience
  • Should be able to walk to munro height
  • At least 5 days of closed cockpit kayaking (sea or river)
  • Should be comfortable in sea state 3 (slight) or grade 2 river

Please contact us if you don’t meet the required sea kayaking experience. You can always add a day sea kayaking course before the start of the trip. Have a look at our Introduction to Sea Kayaking Course.

Itinerary

Day 1Mallaig, Scotland

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 2Sourlies, Scotland

Walk up some of the hills nearby. Sgurr na Ciche would be perfect to start with.

Day 3Sourlies, Scotland

There are other nice hills in the area like Sgurr na h-Aide and Meall Bhasiter.

Day 4Knoydart, Scotland

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.
We can spend the last evening at “The Table” a small outdoor community pub. Bring your own beer is the standard rule. You can buy some in the community shop.

Day 5Inverie, Scotland

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.

Kit List
What We Provide
  • Composite Expedition Sea Kayak
  • Touring Paddle
  • Buoyancy Aid
  • Cagoule
  • Wellies (Wellington Boots)
  • Spray Deck
  • Ortlieb Drybags
  • MSR Tent
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Therm a Rest XTherm Sleeping Mat
  • Plates
  • Cutlery
  • Mugs
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Food for 3 meals per day
What You Need to Bring
  • Full set of clothing to wear while sea kayakingbase layer, fleece, trousers, normal over trousers (preferably synthetics or wool, no cotton as it cools the body when wet)
  • Full set of clothing for the evenings (including waterproof jacket)
  • Spare undergarments
  • Trainers or solid shoes for the evening
  • 1 plastic bottle of water (0.5 – 1 litre)
  • Sun cream
  • Hat or cap as sun protection
  • Sun glasses
  • 1 pair of gloves (even in summer)
  • Midge hood
  • Walking boots
  • Small rucksack (25-35 litre)
  • 1 head torch