The Scottish Highlands Sea Kayaking Tour

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The Scottish Highlands Sea Kayaking Tour

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From $2,125USD

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Highlights

Experience the Scottish Highlands sea coastline on a guided kayak tour

Kayak around the beautiful Loch Shieldaig, Loch Kishorn, and Applecross peninsula on Scotland’s western coast.

Take two short, easy hikes from Gairloch and from Torridon to magical Scottish Highlands overlooks.

Watch for rare and elusive native wildlife, including sea eagles, otters, dolphins and porpoises.

Experience the intoxicating highland culture, staying in a local inn and visiting traditional pubs and inns.

What better way to explore the Scottish Highlands then by a guided kayaking trip! The legendary Scottish Highlands are a world apart, full of dramatic scenery, rich culture, and a spectacular coastline.

Explore the beauty of the Scottish Highlands and its coastal lochs on this incredible Scottish Highlands Sea Kayaking tour.

Whether you’re an experienced kayaker or a paddling beginner, your guides give you the skills you need to safely explore this magical area. The sheltered sea lochs and the Applecross peninsula are perfect for any level of skill, offering a spectacularly rewarding experience.

Combine paddling with a couple of gentle, easy hikes to breathtaking overlooks. Surround yourself with the endearing local culture and the total package is an unforgettable adventure tour in Scotland. Don’t miss the Scottish Highlands Sea Kayaking tour!

The Scottish Highlands Sea Kayaking Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Introduction to Sea Kayaking

Meet your guide in Inverness and travel to the northwest to the village of Torridon. After a tour briefing and lunch at a local cafe, head to the water for a short tour and an introductory kayaking skills session to prepare for the days ahead. Later in the afternoon, check in to your room at a local inn, settle in, then have dinner together as a group.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Torridon
Meals
Lunch, Dinner

Day 2 Kayak around Loch Shieldaig

Begin the day by practicing the kayaking skills you learned the day before, then building on these skills to make sure you are well prepared for the various journeys to come. With one guide for every four participants, rest assured that you will get plenty of individual coaching. When everyone in the group is ready, take a gentle tour around Loch Shieldaig. Enjoy the beautiful scenery and watch for wildlife during your paddling journey.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Torridon
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3 Kayak around Loch Kishorn

Transfer a short distance to the south to the lovely inlet of Loch Kishorn. Test your new skills with a classic sea kayaking journey along the coast. Pass a number of remote bays and explore some wild and unsettled islands. Watch for the chance to spot some rare wildlife that call this area home, including otters, sea eagles, and with some luck even some porpoises or dolphins. Return to the inn to debrief the day and make plans for future kayaking adventures.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Torridon
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4 Guided Hike or Free Activity in Gairloch

On this rest day, allow your body to rest and recover from kayaking. Instead, spend this time exploring more of the northwestern highlands. Transfer from Torridon to Gairloch village, where you can choose to take a light hike with your guide or simply explore the village on your own. There are wonderful beaches here, and many visitors enjoy whale or dolphin watching boat tours (not included). Another option is to remain at the hotel to relax and enjoy the village of Torridon.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Torridon
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5 Kayak around the Applecross Peninsula

Return to the water today, refreshed after the rest day and ready to explore the incredible coastline around the Applecross peninsula. This is sure to be a memorable day as you discover a multitude of impressive coastal features. Return to land for a waterside drink at the Applecross Inn, which is a classic way to end the day exploring this peninsula. Then return to the inn and freshen up for a special meal to celebrate the last night of the tour.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Torridon
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 Hike to Loch Maree Overlook, Travel back to Inverness, Departure Day

End your incredible Scottish Highlands Sea Kayaking tour with a leisurely breakfast then a short, easy hike to a beautiful overlook. Enjoy incredible views of Loch Maree and the surrounding area as a way to reflect on your tour and say farewell to this spectacular region. Then travel back to Inverness, where you should arrive by late afternoon. Please plan your return travel accordingly.

Overnight Location
None
Meals
Breakfast

The Scottish Highlands Sea Kayaking Tour Price and Dates

This guided kayaking tour in Scotland is run as a fixed-departure tour where you’d be joining a group, however, custom private tours can be organized for those willing to travel with their group only (please contact us with your preferred date and the number of people in your group and we will create the itinerary just for you).

Prices below are per person:

StartFinishDurationPlaces LeftPrice

2023-04-22

Inverness

6 days / 5+ Spaces Left

2023-04-27

Inverness

65+
$2,125USDBook Now
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2023-05-27

Inverness

6 days / null Spaces Left

2023-06-01

Inverness

6null
$2,125USDBook Now
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2023-07-08

Inverness

6 days / 3 Spaces Left

2023-07-13

Inverness

63
$1,975USDBook Now
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2023-08-26

Inverness

6 days / 2 Spaces Left

2023-08-31

Inverness

62
$2,125USDBook Now
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2023-09-16

Inverness

6 days / 5+ Spaces Left

2023-09-21

Inverness

65+
$2,125USDBook Now
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Accommodation on the Scottish Highlands Sea Kayaking Tour

This tour is based in a hotel. Note that one is picked for the entirety of the trip, not day by day. The accommodation is in double or twin type of room.

In some cases, accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other, comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travelers
You can pay a supplement of $475USD to have a private room in a hotel. Contact us and we can try and match single travelers up, where possible.

Night 1-5

Hotel in Torridon

Torridon is a delightful town on the west coast of Scotland, known for dramatic cliffs and beautiful sea lochs. A perfect base for outdoor adventures!

Hotels on Standard Tour

What’s included in the Scottish Highlands Sea Kayaking Tour?

Meals

5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 2 dinners, snacks along the route each day.

Accommodations

Accommodations for 5 nights along the tour. Accommodations before or after the tour in Inverness are not included.

Transportation during the Tour

Transport for you and your luggage is included from the beginning of the tour to the end.

Also Included

  • Services of experienced and knowledgeable guides (1 guide per 4 guests)
  • All the equipment needed for kayaking:
    • sea kayaks and paddles
    • spray decks
    • paddles
    • waterproof cags (jackets for kayaking)
    • buoyancy aids

Not included

  • Travel to and from Inverness, Scotland
  • Insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Anything not stated as ‘Included’

Optional Extras

  • Extra night in Inverness before or after the tour
  • Dolphin or whale watching boat tour in Gairloch Village (day 4)

Frequenty Asked Questions about The Scottish Highlands Sea Kayaking Tour

How hard is the Scottish Highlands Sea Kayaking Tour?

We rate this tour as a 2 / 5. This tour is suitable for the beginners, but a reasonable level of fitness is expected as you will be paddling up to 6 hours per day (with breaks). Also, you will be asked to assist in carrying the boats to and from the water. Bear in mind that the weather in this area can be unpredictable which can, at times, make kayaking more challenging.

Is this kayaking tour to the Scottish Highlands guaranteed?

We can guarantee the tour to run as soon as we have 2 people booked.

How big is the group?

The groups for this tour are between 2-8 people to ensure everything runs smoothly and everyone gets individual attention from the guide.

Do I need to have my own kayak?

No, all the equipment needed for this tour is provided.

What happens if bad weather prevents us from kayaking?

If the weather happens to be too bad to go kayaking, the guides will offer alternatives, such as hiking in surrounding area.

Do I need a visa to travel to Scotland?

Check with your local country about visa requirements. You could also try this website, though you should verify with your government.

Are meals included on the Scottish Highlands Sea Kayaking Tour?

5 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 2 dinners are included.

Do I need insurance?

Yes, it is mandatory to have Health and Medical insurance to join this trip. Get your Travel Insurance.

How do I get to Inverness to start this tour?

There are regular flights to the Inverness Airport (INV) from most of major cities in UK. You can also travel by train from Edinburgh, Glasgow or London. Please meet your guide at the Inverness Railway Station.

Is the Scottish Highlands Sea Kayaking Tour in English?

Yes, the tour guide is English speaking.

Where does the Scottish Highlands Sea Kayaking Tour end?

The tour ends where it begins, at Inverness Railway Station.

Do I need special vaccines to travel to Scotland?

Check with your family doctor.

Are there any travel restrictions for Scotland?

Please check with your local government about travel restrictions before you book your tour. This map from the US Department of State provides an overview of the current status in countries around the globe. The UK‘s Foreign Office and Government of Canada also provide advice on foreign travel. Note that the travel advice may change depending on your nationality.

When is the best time to travel to Scotland for this tour?

The best time to travel to Scotland for this kayaking tour is from May to September.

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We rate this tour as a 2 / 5. This tour is suitable for the beginners, but a reasonable level of fitness is expected as you will be paddling up to 6 hours per day (with breaks). Also, you will be asked to assist in carrying the boats to and from the water. Bear in mind that the weather in this area can be unpredictable which can, at times, make kayaking more challenging.


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