Evening Sea Kayak (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.
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 turquoise water.
You search for any movement on the mirror 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.
This exclusive offer for guests of Otterburn Bed & Breakfast in Strontian is bookable in advance or at very short notice to take advantage of calm evenings during your stay.
Activity Level Leisurely2/8
Group Size Small Group2
During a short evening sea kayak adventure you will explore the top of Loch Sunart where otter, common seal and pods of harbour porpoise often pass by.
A short stop on our local beach, easily accessed by kayak, to discover the smaller wildlife that lives there or soak up the sunset before heading home may be your preference
On all our sea kayak adventures you will be accompanied by a fully qualified and experienced local guide who is there to ensure you get the best out of your trip whether it is a half or full day. They will offer advice on efficient paddling, look after your safety throughout the trip and highlight any wildlife and local cultural or historical sights.
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 will be asked to help move and lift the kayaks 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 otter will make an appearance!
- Qualified and experienced guide throughout your journey
- High quality, stable sea kayaks
- Spray deck to keep your legs dryer and warmer
- Sea kayak paddle
- Buoyancy aid
- Waterproof paddlesport jacket & trousers (if desired)
Please feel free to use your own paddle sport equipment as long as it confirms to current UK safety standards and best practices.
- 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 may be cold on the water
- 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 meet you in the guest lounge at Otterburn at 7.30 pm, unless a different time has been agreed in advance. It is possible to meet at anything up to 8.30 pm as long as you do not mind getting back at dusk during summer months.
From here we will decide on the most suitable location based upon the weather (especially the wind) and the group. This may be a short drive (possibly 20 minutes) away and we may ask you to use your vehicle as well as ours to enable us to maximise our time on the water.
Half day tours start at either 09:30 or 14:00. Expect to be back at our base roughly three hours after meeting.
Please arrive at this time as our guide will be preparing for the day until that point and will brief everyone together before equipping you all for the day.
This is a very gentle sea kayak adventure and are an ideal way to explore Loch Sunart. Even if you have never kayaked 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 half a day.
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 eating at the Bothy Bar at the Strontian Hotel as this is 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.
If you would like to make a reservation to eat before your trip, let either ourselves or Otterburn know and we will contact them on your behalf.