General Expedition Information
Dates: See website for dates or make an enquiry
Cost: 3 days: £495
Level: At least 5 days sea kayaking; camping experience (but not necessarily from a sea kayak)
Number of kayakers: 4 – 6
Accommodation: Wild camping & self-catering
Kayaking arrangements and information
Itinerary: The exact itinerary for the expedition is dependent on the weather forecast for the week and a plan is made on the morning of departure once we have this.
The options and routes are many and varied, and our aim is to paddle the best sections of the Skye and Lochalsh / Inner Hebridean coastline given the prevailing weather.
Useful OS Landranger maps for the expedition are numbers 23 (NorthSkye), 24 (Raasay & Applecross), 32 (South Skye & Cuillin Hills).
Ali Rose, Lee Woodward, Alison French, Juliet Parker-Smith
What to bring: Kayaking gear:
We may encounter a range of weather and sea conditions so be prepared for most eventualities.
- Kayak clothing (dry suit / dry trousers & paddling jacket / long-john wetsuit & paddling jacket; kayak footwear)*
- Kayak*, paddle*, Buoyancy Aid, Spraydeck*
- Clothing to wear underneath kayaking gear
What to bring: Camping gear:
- Tent, sleeping bag (3 to 4 season recommended), sleeping mat
- Cooking equipment: stove, fuel, mug, dish, cutlery
- Head torch, midge net, sun cream
- Clothes, toiletries, camera, book or Kindle, and other personal items
- Food, drinks and snacks for 3 or 5 days
*Items marked are included in the price if you wish to use ours. Please indicate what you need when you complete your booking acceptance form. If you wish to use our kayaking clothing, please note that we provide the long-john wetsuit and paddling jacket combination.
For more detailed information and advice on sleeping systems, cooking equipment and meal planning, please take a look at our Camping Notes.
Travel and meeting up arrangements:
Meeting date/time: see website for dates – 10.00am
Meeting place: The Coffee Bothy, Harrapool, Broadford, Isle of Skye IV49 9AE or Croft Cafe, Duirinish, IV40 8BE
Travel: Transport links are excellent. By road, it’s less than 2 hours from Inverness or Fort William. A bus service operates from Inverness, Glasgow and Fort William to Broadford. There’s also a direct rail service from Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh.
Return: tbc – approximately 4.00pm
Accommodation: Please make your own accommodation arrangements prior to and also at the end of the trip when the expedition finishes.
Hotels, Guest Houses and B&Bs can be found on the Visit Scotland, Skye and Lochalsh, and Plockton websites. There are campsites on Skye in Broadford and Sligachan, and also at Reraig and Ardelve in Lochalsh just before you cross the Skye Bridge.