Looking towards the isle of Skye

Sea Kayaking Explorer Weeks on Ardnamurchan

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Are you after a sea kayaking holiday with a difference?

Stunning sandy beaches, rocky shorelines leading to unique wooded mountains, miles of lochs and open sea to explore?

Or are you looking for otters, porpoise, white-tailed eagles, common seals, urchins and starfish to discover and admire?

With five days on the water exploring the area, you will see the best of the region and get to places few manage to visit creating so many memories along the way.

 

 

  • Activity Level Moderate
    3/8
  • Group Size Small Group
    4
All about the Sea Kayaking Explorer Weeks on Ardnamurchan.

Our sea kayaking holiday ‘Explorer’ weeks give you the time to really explore and get to know the local area – the Ardnamurchan Peninsulas. The emphasis is upon slowing down, exploring and leaving with a better understanding of the places you have visited and the region in general.

We will have the flexibility to tailor the week to the people on it and, with very small group sizes (maximum 4 people), you should be able to improve your planning as well as your paddling during the week.

We are often overlooked in favour of Fort William, The Road to the Isles and Skye; but that means that it is really quiet here with very few (if any) other people on the water. It is not a place where we will be fighting for landing space on the stunning beaches! And that means you are more likely to see wildlife and cause less disturbance.

We will have the flexibility to tailor the week to the people on it and, with very small group sizes (maximum 4 people), you should be able to improve your planning as well as your paddling during the week.

If you want an exclusive booking for your kayak club or family, then please let me know at the time of booking and we can discuss exactly what you require from the week.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this activity?Items that are included in the cost of the activity
  • A local guide with you throughout the week to help you plan the best locations to paddle
  • Comfortable self-catering lodge accommodation in twin or double rooms
  • All in-course transport *
  • Use of our Venture sea kayaks and Ainsworth paddles
  • All specialist equipment such as adjustable buoyancy aid, waterproof jackets & trousers, spraydecks, etc.
  • All food from Monday breakfast through to Friday lunch
  • Non-alcoholic drinks throughout the week
  • Opportunity to hire a drysuit for the duration if desired

If you think we may have missed something and that is important to you, please ask before booking.

*If the group decides to make an ‘A-B’ trip, then you may be asked to drive a ‘shuttle’ vehicle at some point.

What's not included in this activity.Items not included in the activity price
  • Travel to and from Resipole at the start and end of the course
  • Personal clothing, except specialist equipment and waterproof clothing
  • Personal washkit and first aid kit
  • Dinner on Sunday or Friday
  • Alcohol during the course
  • Single occupancy of a room is not possible; sorry.
  1. Sunday Arrival

    You should aim to arrive between 19:00 and 21:00 on Sunday evening.

    This gives you ample time to travel, even if you are coming from the North of England, and to settle into your accommodation. It also means we can get the lodge cleaned from the weekend group and set up ready for you.

    Over welcome snacks, we can get to know each other, relax and think about where we would like to paddle the next day.

  2. Monday Kit out and paddle

    After breakfast, we will head to Strontian where we will get you kitted out with all specialist equipment in the right sizes.

    Once sorted, we will head to our chosen paddling venue and see how everyone gets on once on the water. You will not need to be an expert kayaker for these holidays, as tuition can be given, but it will definitely help if you have had some experience and are reasonably fit.

  3. Tuesday to Thursday Full paddling days

    With three full days available to paddle, we can be very flexible over how far and fast we paddle, and also how long we spend travelling on our vehicle. Our central location means that Sanna Bay is probably the furthest away location (just over an hour).

    You may all decide that a couple of shorter paddles may be better for you to allow a for more rest or exploring out of the sea kayaks. With two distilleries on the peninsulas, a tour of one could be arranged and combined with a short paddle.

    Or a morning and an evening paddle to watch the sunset from on the water!

    You have the flexibility of a local and experienced guide with you, all the equipment and your own transport for the week. It really is up to you to decide with your guide.

  4. Friday Paddle, kit return and departure

    Your last day brings a shorter, more local paddle (3-4 hours) so that you can change in the chalet after the trip and pack up around lunchtime.

    From here you will head back to Strontian to return all the equipment (although if Strontian is on the way back from our paddle, we will do this first) and you can start your journey home around 15:00.

Holiday Lodge on Resipole Holiday Park

The central location of Resipole Campsite and Holiday Park on the Ardnamurchan Peninsulas makes it an ideal base for exploring all of the West Highland Peninsulas. None of the best paddling locations is more than an hour away and, wherever we go, we will be surrounded by amazing landscapes and wildlife.

The lodge is self-catering and spacious with all the comforts you would expect – including a dishwasher! With space for six people and only a maximum of five people staying (including your guide), you will not be cramped. It is also in a quiet corner of the site.

The rooms can be made into twin rooms or doubles – please let us know well in advance how you would like your room. There is no option for single-room occupancy unless there is an odd number of people on the trip. Sorry.

Bedding and towels will all be provided for your stay.

Your guide will do most of the work in preparing meals which will be sourced from local crofts as much as possible. It is not possible to provide everything locally due to our climate and growing conditions, but we will do our best to give you a real taste of the region.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
Include in the costThe following is a non-exhaustive list of things included in the accommodation and catering:
  • Accommodation for six-nights in the largest lodge at Resipole Farm and Holiday Park
  • SIngle bed in twin rooms (which can be made into double beds)
  • All bedding and towels
  • All food and non-alcoholic drinks from Monday breakfast through to Friday lunch
Lodge living room at Resipole Holiday Park
With ample space in the lodge for us all, there will be room to relax in comfort

Excluded from the costThe following is a non-exhaustive list of things excluded from accommodation and catering:
  • Alcoholic drinks

The minimum age for these sea kayak explorer weeks is 18 years of age as, in our experience, people younger than this cannot sustain five full days of kayaking.

If you wish to bring children as young as 14 years and make this a family holiday, then book all four places and we will balance the sea kayaking with other adventurous activities, days off, and exploring the region. This way the agenda is set by you and can be adjusted to suit the weather.

Family holiday, activities, exploring, local guide, etc. all sorted for you.

Win-Win!

Our base is in a quiet corner of the holiday park which in on the shores of Loch Sunart about seven miles west of Strontian. Its central location on the Ardnamurchan Peninsulas makes it an ideal base for exploring the whole region: Morvern, Ardnamurchan, Moidart, and even on to Loch Ailort and the Arisaig Skerries if we wish.

The easiest way to get to it is to use the Corran Ferry about eight miles south of Fort William. Buy your ticket on board (currently £8.50 per car each way – no additional charge for passengers) and, after crossing, turn left towards Strontian. Stay on this road to Strontian (12 miles) and on to Resipole (another seven miles). There is a signpost before the site and the entrance is pretty large and on your right. Call in at reception upon arrival for directions to the lodge.

Bring plenty of warm clothes – several thin layers of synthetic materials are best. Modern outdoor or fitness clothing is just fine no matter what sport it is designed for.

Don’t forget a sunhat and warm hat (you never know – it is Scotland!) and also sunglasses and sunscreen.

We will provide waterproofs and all technical and safety equipment. If you do want to bring your own equipment, please drop us an email to check it will be OK. As a rule, we say that safety equipment (buoyancy aids mainly) must be CE approved and less than five years old).

If there are any special items that you like to bring with you that make your adventures more comfortable, please do not hesitate to do so. A reading book may be a good idea as there will be tiem to relax as well as paddle.