Grab your partner and discover Ardnamurchan from a different perspective
Sea Kayak Journey
As your kayak glides effortlessly over silken waters, a seal pops up just a few meters from you. As you stare at each other for a few moments mesmerised by its big, black eyes, it lifts its nose to the sky and disappears below the water.
Another seal appears behind your partner’s kayak; and another beside you – you begin to wonder if they are surrounding you like cowboys and indians!
With a smile on your face and a picture of seals, kayaks and your partner ingrained in your head, you swap stories of the experience as you resume paddling towards your destination.
Activity Level Moderate3/8
Group Size Small Group2
Guided sea kayak journeys are currently limited to just two adults at a time so as to keep the experience personal or to allow complete beginners to explore Ardnamurchan from the water. They are also ideal for couples who wish to have one guide to themselves for the duration.
Sea Kayak Journeys are normally a half day (9.30 am to 12.30 pm or 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm) and £50 per person.
If you would like to extend it to a day journey (10.00 am to 5.00 pm) with locally sourced gourmet lunch provided, possibly cooked over a wood stove, then please get in touch and ask about the options available.
Throughout your journey you will be accompanied by a fully qualified and experienced local guide who is there to ensure you get the most from your trip. They will offer advice on efficient paddling, look after your safety throughout the trip and highlight any wildlife that appears or can be found as well as any relevant local cultural or historical sights.
We certainly intend you to stay in your kayak and dry, but occasionally people do capsize kayaks and fall in and it does (occasionally) rain, so please dress appropriately. Changing facilities are very limited at present, so please come ‘dressed’ for the day and do your best to keep the kayak upright!
You may be asked to help move and lift kayaks during the day, 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 day.
Above all, enjoy your adventure and keep your fingers crossed for an otter to make an appearance!
Included in a sea kayak half day trip are the following:
- 1 local guide to two clients
- All specialist kayaking equipment
- Waterproof jackets and trousers for paddlesports (recommended whatever the weather)
- Buoyancy aid
* Please feel free to use your own paddlesport equipment as long as it confirms to current UK safety standards and best practices.
The following items are a non-exhaustive list of what is not included in these tours:
- Personal clothing to wear under our waterproofs (please avoid jeans and cotton clothes – modern outdoor clothing will be an excellent choice)
- Extra jumper or jacket as it will be colder on the water
- Footwear (choose suitable shoes for wet rock and seaweed and remember these will get wet)
- Sunhat or beanie (depending upon conditions)
- Sunglasses & retainer cord or band (if you wear glasses normally, please ensure they are secured by a retainer of some form)
- Drinks and snacks to keep you going on the water
- Spare clothes and towel (just in case!)
- Personal accident and possessions insurance
Sea Kayak Adventures
Meet at Otter Adventures base in Strontian at 9.30 am or 2.00 pm as per your booking. If we have arranged anything different, such as full day adventure with gourmet food, we will have communicated it well in advance.
Don’t worry about being early as your guide will be busy checking weather and tide forecasts and planning a suitable adventure for you.
Please do arrive wearing suitable clothing for the day as changing facilities are very limited at present. We will give you paddlesport specific waterproofs to wear as well as a buoyancy aid.
We may ask for help loading and unloading equipment – especially the canoes – so, please let your guide know if that is going to be difficult for you.
Once everyone is ready, we will head off to the location for the day. Ideally this will be on Loch Sunart – right outside our front door, but the wind and tide may mean that we have to go elsewhere. Don’t worry; we have ample water to choose from within 15 minutes drive.
Our aim is to be back at Otter Adventures with all equipment returned by 12.30 pm or 5.00 pm. If the weather is amazing and the seals performing, we may be a little late – please let your guide know before the trip starts if you have to be away promptly for any reason.