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2 Days
Availability : May - October
Arisaig
Min Age : 16
Max People : 4

Arisaig is often referred to as the Caribbean of Scotland. This is mostly due to the white beaches of the small islands rather than the weather. This is a 2-day sea kayaking trip with wild camping and we typically try to do the sea kayaking trip in the Arisaig area. There are however many great alternatives in the area if the weather or sea condition won’t allow us to explore the Arisaig archipelago.

Please contact us if you can’t find the right tour or dates.

Tour Details

Sea Kayaking Arisaig

The islands of Arisaig are some of the most beautiful islands to paddle around. The local seal colonies are very much used to sea kayakers and are as curious about us as we are about them and you get great views of Eigg and Rum.

We will paddle at the Arisaig islands and discover the sandy beaches and wildlife in the area. On the second day, we will paddle somewhere along the coast of Mallaig or to the south at Glenuig. It all depends on the weather and the paddling experience of the group.

The tour is a 2 day trip with wild camping.

Arisaig

The Arisaig archipelago is a cluster of small islands south of Mallaig with mostly sandy beaches. The islands can be reached by walking across some of the beaches on spring tides at low water. However, you won’t have much time to get back before the water cuts you off. They are easily reached by sea kayak though. The sheltered location also makes it a good location, when the wind picks up a little. You have good chances to see seals and you might even spot an otter. The views to the islands of Skye, Eigg and Rum are uninterrupted and magnificent on clear days. This is one of the best places in Scotland for sea kayaking.

Mallaig

There are some amazing beaches south of Mallaig with a large inlet to Morar. The Films Rob Roy and Local Hero had scenes shot in the area. The area has some of the most beautiful beaches in Scotland with great views of the small isles and the Isle of Skye. Alternatively, the trip could also lead us to Inverie, which is one of the most remote villages in mainland UK and can only be reached on foot or across the water.

Glenuig

The area around Glenuig has a great mix of small sea cliffs and beaches. There is also a bothy in the area that has some rare Viking remains at the beach. But you need to know what to look for to see them. This area is a bit more exposed and should only be paddled on good days.

Loch Moidart

The loch is one of the most sheltered places in the area. It also changes a lot with the tides and you can see how some land disappears at high water and some beaches get revealed at low water. In between, you get occasionally some fast currents but this won’t be any problem for the group. We could also have a closer look at Castle Tiuram with can be accessed from the water at any time (unlike if you walk to the castle).

Location

Arisaig, Scotland

Start Time

9:00am

Price Includes

  • Guided Tour
  • Fibreglass Expedition Sea Kayak
  • Touring Paddle
  • Buoyancy Aid
  • Cagoule
  • Spraydeck
  • Drybags
  • Tent
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Therm a Rest Sleeping Mat
  • Dinner
What to Expect

A 2 day trip is pretty chilling and can offer the ideal short break for someone who enjoys the outdoors. Enjoy some pretty stunning coastlines and have a relaxing night wild camping or staying at a bothy.

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Prerequisite

Requirements

  • At least 2 days of closed cockpit kayaking (sea or river)
  • Should be comfortable in sea state 2 (slight) or grade 1 river
  • Have basic kayaking skillsPaddle forwards and backwards, turn, get in and out of a kayak, be confortable with a spreydeck and know what to do in case of a capsize.
  • Must not be over 100kg (16 stone)
  • Must be able to paddle for 4-6 hourss per day

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 1Arisaig, Scotland

Meet up in the village of Arisaig and then drive to the location to start sea kayaking. Depending on weather and sea condition the day should take us to the small islands off Arisaig. There are plenty of sandy beaches to land and in some of the sheltered areas, you can spot some seals and with some luck an otter.
At the end of the day, we will look for a good camping spot and set up camp.

Day 2Arisaig, Scotland

In the morning we will have a nice breakfast and then pack our sea kayaks and continue our journey. There are many places to explore in the area and it could take us to some amazing spots. Have a look at the description of where we could paddle.

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
  • Dinner, tea and coffee
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 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
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch and snacks

Find out more about what food is suitable to bring for sea kayaking trips at “Food for Sea Kayaking Expeditions“.