This wild expedition will see us explore the stunning and wild coastline of Scotland's Western Isles. Our instructor's vast knowledge of this area means there a number of route options, our choice of which depends on the weather, ability of the group and the group's preference.
A remote paddle on the West Coast of Skye, pass towering cliffs and high waterfalls. A committed paddle, only few paddle this isolated area. Should the weather be kind there may be the opportunity to portage our boats onto Loch Coruisk, giving us a true feeling of the towering Black Cullins as they raise from the Loch.
A circumnavigation of the Islands of Raasay and Rona, offering spectacular views over to the Quirang on Skye to the West, and the Torridon Mountains on the mainland to the East. A stunning area to kayak in, we will explore caves and coves as we weave our way between skerries.
The third option is to circumnavigate the Islands of Rum and Canna, located to the South of Skye. A committing but amazing trip, this journey will only be undertaken if conditions are settled. On this venture you will not only be surrounded by unspoilt beauty and nature in all its shapes and forms, but also by some of the most interesting history, culture and geology Scotland has to offer.
There will be a planning and packing day prior to leaving on our journey in which we will discuss the route options in more detail.
As well as the sea paddling, time permitting, we will take the opportunity to climb up into the Black Cullins. This inspiring mountain range is considered amongst many to be the ultimate in venues for UK mountaineers. We also hope to have the opportunity to stop at an indoor climbing wall called IceFactor, where participants can try their hand at Rock and Ice Climbing.
This expedition can be used at DofE Gold level as your practice AND qualifier expedition or as your residential.
How to get involved
To be a member of the team you should have a good level of fitness and a sense of adventure, with a willingness to work as part of a team. Experience is not essential but training before we go is necessary. We recommend that participants sign up for our paddlesports club.
It is possible to use this expedition as your Residential section of your Duke of Edinburgh's Gold award. If you would like to do this you must make sure to register for the award prior to the expedition. Let Paul or Jenny know as soon as you can!
The total cost is £500. This includes a mini sea kayak expedition (on Island) and of course the Scotland expedition. The cost also covers all meals, accomodation, use of equipment, training and transport.
A £100 deposit should be paid by the end of April 2020, with the total balance paid by the end of May 2020.
To book your place, please complete our booking form and return it to Course Bookings at Ardwhallan, West Baldwin, IM4 5EU. If you have any queries you can contact our office on 853711 or email firstname.lastname@example.org