Evening Paddle (Otterburn)
As the sun sets behind Beinn Resipole casting shafts of light between it and Beinn A’ Chaorainn you launch your sea kayak onto the shallow waters of Loch Sunart. The tide is high and the aim to paddle around Eilean a’ Mhuirich is very achievable.
Looking down at the sandy bed inches beneath you, you feel like you are flying! Your kayak glides silently through the mirror calm water as the last of that day’s light sparkles off the gleaming water turning it rich shades of red and orange.
You search for any movement on the mirrored surface of the water; ripples are easy to spot and hopes of seeing common seal, harbour porpoise or even an otter become your only concerns.
NB: This is an exclusive offer only for guests of Otterburn Bed & Breakfast in Strontian. It is not bookable in advance, only at short notice, in order to take advantage of whatever calm evenings occur during your stay.
Activity Level Leisurely2/8
Group Size Small Group2
During a short evening sea kayak or open canoe journey you will explore the head of Loch Sunart where otter, common seal and pods of harbour porpoise sometimes pass by.
A short stop on our local beach, easily accessed from the water, may be possible. Here you might discover the smaller wildlife that lives there or just soak up the sunset before heading home may be your preference
On these evening trips you will be accompanied by myself, the owner of Otter Adventures. I am a fully qualified and experienced local guide with over 35 years experience in the industry who is there to ensure you get the best out of your trip.
Start times are flexible to suit you and the time of year; In summer it barely gets dark, but these can still be run in Spring and Autumn where a small fire on the beach can add another highlight to the journey.
The minimum age we currently take on this trip is 18 years due to the late start and potential for finishing in the dark. The maximum number we currently take is two in order to make it a really bespoke and special evening for you.
You may be asked to help move and lift the kayaks and canoes, or wheel them on special trolleys, so please let your guide know if this is going to be difficult for you or if you have any medical concerns that may affect your participation in the evening.
We hope that you will stay dry, but occasionally people do capsize sea kayaks and it does sometimes rain so please act and dress appropriately.
Above all, enjoy your evening adventure and keep your fingers crossed that an elusive otters will make an appearance!
The following are included in the trip price:
- The owner of Otter Adventures, a qualified and experienced guide, throughout your journey
- High quality, stable sea kayaks or open canoes
- Spray deck to keep your legs dryer and warmer (if in kayaks)
- Waterproof paddlesport jacket & trousers (if desired)
- Adjustable sea kayak paddle or appropriately sized canoe paddle
- Adjustable buoyancy aid
Please feel free to use your own paddlesport equipment as long as it confirms to current UK safety standards and best practices an dis less than five years old.
These are not included, although I may have some spares you can borrow:
- Clothes to wear under our waterproofs suitable for the weather (please avoid jeans and cotton clothes modern outdoor clothing will be an exclellent choice)
- Extra jumper or jacket as it will certainly get cooler once the sun has set
- Shoes to wear whilst paddling (these will get wet)
- Sunglasses & retainer cord (if you wear glasses normally, please ensure they are secured by a retainer of some form)
- Water bottle and snacks (if desired)
We will supply you with a high quality waterproof jacket and trousers (if desired) designed specifically for paddle sports. They won’t keep you dry if you fall in, but will keep the cool evening breeze off you. Unless it is really hot or you want to paddle fast, then do at least take one with you.
You will need to decide what to wear underneath these. Any modern outdoor of fitness related clothing would be suitable as they are excellent at wicking away moisture from your body and also dry very quickly compared to cotton, wool and denim (jeans) which should all be avoided.
We do not provide any footwear preferring to leave that to your judgement; so you will need to bring your own. When getting in and out of the kayaks, you are very likely to get wet feet, so wear an old pair of shoes. We would suggest something with a reasonable grip on the bottom as you are likely to walk over wet rocks and seaweed which may be slippery.
You will be able to change in your room at Otterburn before and after the trip and everything you need is already on-site for you.
We will chat with you when you arrive at Otterburn and discuss how you would like your evening to go in terms of times. It is all very flexible and, as I live here, I can go out pretty much anytime usually. We’ll arrange a time to meet in the guest lounge. It is possible to meet at anything up to 20:30 during the summer months, but in Spring and Autumn, it may be that we paddle first and you eat later!
This is a very gentle sea kayak or open canoe experience and an ideal way to explore Loch Sunart. Even if you have never kayaked or canoed before you will be able to get on the water an experience the sunset like no where else.
As long as you have a basic level of fitness that enables you to undertake light to moderate exercise that causes you to be slightly out of breath, you should be fine paddling for the evening.
If you are in any doubt, please consult your own doctor before booking. If you feel there is a medical issue you would like to discuss with us before booking, then please do get in touch using whatever method you wish.
As this is to be leisurely trip, there is not real concern about eating and the exercising soon after.
We recommend booking an evening meal at Otterburn Bed and Breakfast (where you’ll be staying) as this gives you the most flexibility over what time we will set out as everything in ‘on-site’ for you.
As an alternative, we may be able to book a table at the Bothy Bar in the Strontian Hotel, the closest eating place to Otterburn. It is about a 7 minute walk from Otterburn along the shores of Loch Sunart where you will soon to be kayaking.
Meals can be booked through Otterburn when making your reservation for accommodation.