Firth of Clyde 4 day sea kayak expedition

Crossing across to Skipness

4 day sea kayak expedition

  • 20-23 August 2018
  • 4 days sea kayak touring around the stunning islands of the Firth of Clyde
  • Wild camping in beautiful coastal locations – see below for equipment and kit list
  • Suitable for improver/intermediate kayakers with some kayaking experience, including paddling in winds up Beaufort Force 3
  • Open to all paddlers (over 18’s only)
  • Price £280 per person

The Firth of Clyde has a lot to offer a sea kayaker: beautiful scenery, islands to circumnavigate, sheltered lochs and open crossings. The unique industrial heritage of the upper reaches of the Clyde contrasts  with the open vistas of the outer stretches which offer areas of undoubted remoteness, where wildlife is abundant. Islands we might visit include Bute, Arran, Inchmarnock and the Cumbraes, and up into Loch Fyne. Whatever the weather, the Firth of Clyde has options for us to explore.

Wild camp on the west coast of Inchmarnock

You should be capable of paddling in winds up to force 3-4 and we will aim to be paddling for 5-6 hours a day, with the necessary breaks for food. Please ask if you are not sure whether you have suitable experience. Opportunities for coaching will be available as part of our days. Some camping experience is suitable but this trip is ideal for those that haven’t camped from their kayak before.

Ideally you’ll have your own kayak and equipment, but kayak and equipment hire is available.

Small group size.

Approx Timings  

Day 1: meet at the agreed meeting place at 9am. We will discuss our trip and our launch site and exact itinerary will be largely determined by the weather. We will allow plenty time to get ready and pack the boats,  having a shortish paddle to get to our first campsite.

Day 2 & 3: The following days will be spent exploring the area

Day 4: A paddle back to our starting point around early afternoon on our final day.

To book complete the Booking Form. A 25% deposit is required to secure booking.


Equipment and kit list:

This is a wild camping trip, and you will need to be self-sufficient for the duration of the four days. 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 we would 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 that’s the only thing you can sensibly fit in the nose of your boat! 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. Ortlieb or MSR make very good robust water bags which 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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