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Sea Kayaking – Scotland

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Discover Skye during a week of sea kayaking and walking

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  • Duration

    7 Nights
  • Accommodation

    Hostel
  • Food

    Some provided. Details below
  • Difficulty Levels

    Multiple options available
    1 - 2

We’ve got a real adventure awaiting you this week – the chance to learn how to sea kayak on the spectacular Isle of Skye. We’ll spend a few days out on the water, while discovering more of the island through easy guided walks.

Join our socialble group as we provide accommodation, breakfasts and lunches, and head out together to the best local spots for fantastic evening meals. This isn’t just the chance to learn a great watersport, it’s about making new friends and really getting away from it all in one of the most beautiful spots in the UK.

Sea kayaking is about enjoying travelling around on the water, admiring the sea and wildlife, and having fun. It’s not about racing, going as fast as you can, or pushing yourself too far out of your comfort zone. So don’t worry!

A week beginners sea kayaking day on Skye

In a nutshell:

  • Spend 3 days sea kayaking and 3 days heading out on guided walks and sight-seeing on the Isle of Skye.
  • Experience this fantastic island off the west coast of Scotland with a friendly group and a Large Outdoors host.
  • All kayaking equipment is provided, and you’ll be able to relax in the evenings in our exclusive accommodation.
  • Alongside out adventures there’ll be plenty of time to sample local tea rooms, explore craft shops, take in the local history and look out for world-famous wildlife including whales and eagles!

Walking the mountains of Skye in Scotland.

About the Area

Isle of Skye

As the largest island in Scotland’s Inner Hebrides, the Isle of Skye is famed as a land of myth, beauty, and holds a unique place in mountaineering history. The coastline is spectacular, partly rocky and dramatic and partly sandy and breathtakingly beautiful. Known as the ‘winged isle’ for its peninsulas, you’ll be able to gaze up at mighty sea-cliffs before strolling on the beach looking out for seals. Walking varies from miles of coastal trails and small hills, to some of the most impressive mountains in the country, the Black Cuillin and the Trotternish Ridge. Alongside these natural wonders, Skye is blessed with some incredible restaurants, cafes, and local crafts, so you can discover a totally different side of this fantastic place.

Walking the mountains of Skye in Scotland.

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Itinerary

Day 1

You’re welcome to arrive at our accommodation on the Isle of Skye at any time after 5pm. Please check the bottom of the page for advice on using public transport to get to Skye. If you are travelling by public transport we may be able to collect you from the bus or train station, but please check with us before you book anything as we cannot always provide transport.

That evening we’ll all sit round to a meal and discuss the plans for the coming week! Your host will be able to get you settled into the accommodation, and before long you’ll be relaxing in the beautiful surroundings and making new friends.

A week walking on the isle of skye in scotland

Days 2-7

On these days we’ll be heading out sea kayaking and walking. The three days of sea kayaking will be chosen to coincide with the best weather, and plans can always change last-minute. We’ll start with an introductory session, teaching you all the skills you’ll need to learn, before heading out on a journey.

On our three walking days, we’ll be heading out on easy trails to discover the best low-level walks Skye has to offer. The emphasis is on having nice days out rather than pushing ourselves, so you get plenty of time to appreciate the island.

Some possible options could be:

  • The Quiraing

    This spectacular rock formation was created millions of years ago during a gigantic landslip. The resulting bizarre rock formations now feature on one of the most famous day walks on Skye. We’ll head up the local (small) hill before taking a trail that passes between these towering rocks, all the while with the sea beneath us and the mainland visible in the distance. You have to see it to believe it!

  • Glen Sligachan

    Cutting right through the lower half of Skye, this colossal valley features a path right down the middle. This is the best place on the island to watch out for eagles, and we’ll be between two of Skye’s mountain ranges –the dark Cuillin and the rounded Red Hills. Oh and the trail finishes at the bar which has the largest whisky collection in Scotland…

  • MacLeod's Maidens

    This is our favourite coastal walk on the island, a lovely out-and-back route where we can look out for otters and seals while admiring the view out to the local coastline. The climax are the rocky sea stacks of MacLeod’s maidens, which we gaze down onto from a favourite lunch spot!

A week kayaking around scotland's western coast.

Day 8

On this day we pack up and leave the accommodation. Check out is a leisurely 10am, so there’s plenty of time for breakfast and goodbyes. You’ll leave with new skills learnt, the chance to see Skye from the water and the land, great new friends, and memories that will last.

Our Base:

We’ll be based in accommodation on the Isle of Skye. More details will be provided nearer the time. Bedding is provided but please bring a towel.

  • Good to Know:

    A few answers to our most common questions and a few tips to help you enjoy your time on our Skye beginners sea kayaking and walking holiday.

    • View our essential kit list here: Kit List.
    • This venue supplies bedding but you will need a towel.
    • You are welcome to bring your own alcohol to drink on this trip.
    • Some driving is required during the trip to reach the kayaking and walking destinations, and to get to evening meals.

    Foods and Drinks:

    Drinks – We will have a selection of teas, coffees, herbal teas and fruit squash for you to enjoy on this trip.

    Breakfasts – Our standard breakfast is a selection of cereals, yoghurts, fruit and toast.

    Packed Lunches – We supply sandwiches, fruit, cereal bars / biscuits and crisps. However, we do not supply any drinks so please ensure you have a water bottle with you.

    Evening meals – One or two evening meals may be provided, depending on the accommodation. On most evenings we will eat out. The cost of this is not included in the trip price.

    Help with food preparation is always appreciated, and is a good chance to get to know people! After meals we take it in turns to do the washing up; all part of the hostel experience!

    Vegetarian or Vegan:

    We will always supply vegetarian or vegan options, however due to the remote locations of our venues these must be booked in advance. Simply complete the dietary section during the booking process or if your dietary needs have changed email the office and we will update your records.

    We are unable to offer Halal or Kosher meals but will be happy to supply a vegetarian alternative, please ensure you request this when booking.

    Allergies, Intolerances & Gluten Free.

    Please ensure you list any allergies and intolerances clearly during the booking process, with notice we are able to offer gluten free meals and can accommodate most allergies. However, please note that due to the shared nature of the kitchens we cannot eliminate the possibility of cross contamination. If you have any questions then please contact the office.

    Age restrictions:

    This trip is open to anyone over 18 years of age and there is no upper age limit.

    Are Dogs allowed:

    I am afraid dogs are not allowed on this trip, unless they are registered assistance dogs.

  • What's Included / Not Included:

    Included:

    • 7 nights of hostel-style accommodation.
    • 3 days of sea kayaking instruction, with all equipment provided. Please bring clothes you don’t mind getting wet!
    • Breakfasts and packed lunches each day, and hot drinks throughout the week.
    • 3 days of guided walks with a Large Outdoors leader.

    Not Included:

    • Transport to/from the accommodation.
    • Transport to walk/kayaking locations (we aim to car-share as much as possible).
    • Alcoholic drinks.
    • Evening meals.
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What our members have to say...

  • My first Large Outdoors and (Ulster & the Giant's Causeway Walking Weekend) Irish experience was absolutely fantastic. Everything was organised perfectly and Gareth is a joy to be around. I loved every minute and will definitely book myself onto another trip. #toldallmyfriendstheyhavetocome
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    Vanessa
    Member Since 2018
  • Well, for a non-walker it was certainly challenging but my word was it exhilarating! The feeling of achievement after every day, was just fabulous. The group we went with were all strangers on day one, but firm friends by the end of the week. The comradery on some of the tougher walks, helped me to the top…..and wow what views. Anyone thinking of doing it - don’t worry….just go for it!
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    Claire
    Member Since 2016
  • “I didn’t really know what to expect on my first ever walking holiday and wasn’t very prepared if truth be known – lesson to all read the essential kit list especially waterproofs! It was great fun and what a lovely group of supportive and encouraging people, especially Gareth who did a great job looking after us all. I must admit at times I found it a bit challenging but what a great sense of achievement when we reached the top of the mountains (hills) I will definitely do this again.
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    Elizabeth
    Member Since 2016
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