South Skye Sea Kayak camping expedition

6 day sea kayak expedition

  • 3-9 June 2018
  • 5 days sea kayak touring around the stunning landscape of south Skye 
  • 1 day to explore our surroundings / shuttle back to the start
  • Wild camping in beautiful coastal locations – see below for equipment and kit list
  • Suitable for improver/intermediate kayakers with some kayaking experience paddling in winds up Beaufort Force 4
  • Price £550 per person
The clear waters of Skye’s west coast

South Skye has almost everything a sea kayaker could wish for: sheltered inlets hosting forests of sea weed and kelp, uninhabited islands for camping, isolated headlands, exposed rocky coasts and the tidal narrows with views of the Skye Cullin and western highlands.

You should be capable of paddling in winds up to force 4 and we will aim to be paddling for 5-6 hours a day, with the necessary breaks for food and rests. Please ask if you are not sure whether you have suitable experience. Opportunities for coaching will be available as part of our journey. Some wild camping experience and skills are  desirable but not essential. Ideally you’ll have your own kayak and equipment, but kayak and equipment hire is available (additional cost).

Exact itinerary will be firmed up nearer the time and will be determined by the weather forecast.

To book please get in touch with me on the Contact Me page. A 25% deposit is required to secure booking.

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Equipment and kit list:

This is a wild camping trip, and you will need to be self-sufficient for the duration of the trips. If you are missing something please get in touch in advance and we’ll try and help you out. We recommend all kit be packed into small dry-bags (about 5litres) for going into your kayak hatches. If you haven’t camped from a kayak before I’d be delighted to help and advise. 

  • Tent – this should be able to withstand unpredictable Scottish weather conditions
  • Sleeping bag – appropriate for the time of year. Your sleeping bag should have an indicated comfort temperature on it so you can check it’s suitable. Make sure you can pack it small enough to fit in your boat
  • Sleeping mat – well insulated and packable.
  • Stove, fuel & lighter/matches
  • A cooking pot & cutlery, plates and a mug
  • Food – weight is less of an issue with kayak camping, so you can bring things like fresh pasta, microwave rice that takes very little water to cook, etc. The supermarkets have very good, quality packet meals – look for the higher calorie ones! Tea bags, hot chocolate, or the bottle of wine, lunch provisions, chocolate, easy access snack bars.
  • Lunch box, water bottle, flask
  • Water – depending on where we make camp there might not be an option to refill water bottles, so make sure you have enough drinking water for at least 2 days’ paddling plus anything you might need for cooking, hot drinks etc. I usually allow around 4 litres per day. The Ortlieb or MSR robust water bags are ideal.
  • Spare dry clothes and a lightweight towel
  • Warm clothes for wearing round camp
  • Wind / waterproofs for wearing around camp
  • Shoes appropriate for wearing round a wild campsite
  • Personal toiletries: Baby wipes are useful for “washing”
  • Any personal medication, contact lenses, etc – if you’re at all worried about the waterproofing of these please let us know and we can help
  • Midge repellent and midge head net – essential!
  • A rubbish bag – we aim to Leave no Trace
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