Sea-Kayaking in Scotland Tour: Sound of Arisaig

A 6 day trip to UK 
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Unforgettable tours and unimaginable scenery, fantastic moments and friendly people, monuments to human achievement and testaments to the awesome power of nature: all of this is waiting for you on the coast of Scotland. And when you explore it by sea kayak, you can be sure you won’t miss a minute of the area’s magic and majesty.

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Detailed Itinerary 

Day 1: Welcome to Scotland

You land today at Inverness, the capital of the Scottish Highlands and the jumping off point from which to explore the unparalleled waters of the Sound of Arisaig. Cruise past the sloping shores leading to Urquhart Castle and the murky waters of famed Loch Ness until nearing the village of Arisaig, where you begin your expedition through the waters of the Highlands and Hebrides after a short introduction and a briefing on safety procedures. 

You’ll glide past the stately ruins of Castle Tioram, the traditional seat of Clan MacDonald with remains that have stood for more than seven centuries. Enter the gentle waters of Loch Moidart, where you can truly revel in the unparalleled beauty of the Scottish coast, where the verdant hills and vales run endlessly and the glittering blue-black of the lochs offer a shimmering glean to the landscape, and where the sky blazes brilliantly in the Scottish afternoon: you make camp tonight on the shores of enchanting Eilean Shona, a tidal island that was once the home of writer J.M. Barrie, the author of Peter Pan.

Day 2: Discovering the Majesty of the Highland Landscape

After a filling breakfast at your comfortable camp, you’ll set out to explore the Inner Hebrides and the charms of the southwest coast of Scotland. You’ll be granted unmatched vistas of An Sgurr, the tallest hill on Eigg and formed in a fashion much like the famous Giant’s Causeway just to the west in Northern Ireland. Formed nearly sixty million years ago, An Sgurr dominates the landscape, jutting more than twelve hundred dramatic feet into the fierce Scottish air, casting its shadow over the undulating ridges and knolls of the Highlands. In the distance, cresting beyond Loch Moidart and rising ceaselessly to frame the horizon are the Cuillins of Rum, not as famous as their cousins on the Isle of Skye, but certainly breathtaking in their sweep and scope. Paddle past the entrance to Loch Ailort and turn toward the secluded and scenic Ardnish peninsula, where you’ll set up camp and take in the inspiring setting: from the verdant trees to the rippling lakeside surf, you’ll feel truly connected to the awesome power of nature.

Day 3: History and Scenery Around the Inner Hebrides

Today sees you exploring the shores of the Ardnish peninsula, which juts dramatically out into the opaque waters of Loch Ailort, and the islands which dot this impressive sea loch, from the vitrified forts of Eilean nan Gobhar to the rugged shores of Eilean a Chaolis. After this excursion, you come to the northern shores of the Sound of Arisaig when you cruise onto Loch nan Uamh, where you’ll take your boats to shore to learn more about this area’s role in the failed Jacobite uprising in 1745 led by Charles Edward Stuart, the famed Bonnie Prince Charlie. 

You’ll witness the moving monument to the would-be monarch know as the Prince’s Cairn, where Charles last saw the shores of his beloved Scotland before turning to France after his uprising failed, as well as a number of important sites in the history of Scottish rebellion. You make camp on the isolated north shore, where you’ll get a perfect sense of the sweeping Scottish landscape, where history has been made for centuries and where the spirits of Scottish patriots still seem to populate the ether.

Day 4: Island Hopping Along the Scottish Coast

The Sound of Arisaig is one of the best spots for sea kayaking in the United Kingdom, due in no small part to the innumerable islands and uncountable skerries that dot the shores and populate even the center of the lochs. Today is dedicated to discovering these unforgettable outcroppings and memorable ridges, taking in their primeval groves and rolling hills and the edges of the coast, lined by soft and supple sand and rocky shores of the surrounding countryside. This is truly a day dedicated to the serene and idyllic exploration of this untamed yet delicate part of Scotland, reveling in its one-of-a-kind ambience and simply soaking in the scene. You’ll camp in South Morar, on the shores of a beach far removed from the modern world, filled with the ancient grandeur of this spectacular nation.

Day 5: Seals and the Small Isles

Today features the most challenging and demanding day of kayaking, but it also features some of the finest scenery and most unforgettable experiences you’ll ever see and know. Make your way along an isolated headland before setting out for the South Channel of Loch Na Keal, the most prominent loch on the western coastline of Mull and a large and expansive loch with far-reaching views and breathtaking wildlife. You’ll be able to gaze out to the towering natural monuments on Eigg and Rum, two of the largest of Scotland’s Small Isles and the sites of some of the most dramatic geological formations in the Inner Hebrides. You might spot one of the area’s many birds of prey, from golden eagles to buzzards to peregrine falcons, before heading out to the skerries to witness the seal colonies that line the coast of Loch Na Keal, where a nearly uncountable number of individuals can be found at the height of mating season. From the awe-inspiring landscapes to the enchanting wildlife, the history, beauty and charm of this region is sure to make for one of the best sea-kayaking ventures of your life.

Day 6: One Final Trek Before Saying Goodbye

Return to the place where it all began, as you wind your way along beach-fringed islands keeping the entrance to the Sound of Arisaig, followed by bands of playful seals and the lingering cries of gulls, until you reach the harbor and the transport awaiting your arrival. Return to the airport at Inverness before returning home, filled with the memories of an adventure you’ll never forget, the sights and sounds of a nature trek unlike any other you’ve ever experienced, and the songs and stories from the bosom of bonnie Scotland.

Price

Starting Price 

$2,095
This trip is customizable for your private travel.

What's Included 

  • Accommodations
  • In-country transportation
  • Some or all guided tours and activities (dependent on season)
  • Expert trip planning
  • 24x7 support during your trip
The starting price is based on travel during the low season for a minimum of two travelers staying in shared 3-star accommodations. Please inquire for a custom trip quote based on your travel preferences and travel dates.