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4.9
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Kayak and Wild Camp the West Coast of Scotland

3 nights
Moderate

Paddle the remote bays, rugged coastline and crystal clear waters of the dramatic West Highlands

What's Included?

Activities & Certified Guides

All itinerary activities with local, certified kayak guides

Wild camping

3 nights wild camping

Meals

Munch on tasty food throughout

Transfers

Minibus transfers between Fort William and the kayaking start/end points

Equipment

All your kayaking, camping and safety equipment

Small Like-minded Groups

Solo-friendly by design, join our small n’ sociable groups of up to 7 like-minded, active and outdoorsy people
From

excluding flights

What's it like?

4.9
| 80 reviews
Absolutely glorious
May 2024
Siobhan W.
Absolutely glorious
May 2024
Siobhan W.
Absolutely glorious
May 2024
Siobhan W.
Absolutely glorious
May 2024
Siobhan W.
A great trip. Sadly it was too windy to hea...
November 2023
Cathy
A great trip. Sadly it was too windy to hea...
November 2023
Cathy
A great trip. Sadly it was too windy to hea...
November 2023
Cathy
The trip was glorious. Highlights were the...
November 2023
Jane
The trip was glorious. Highlights were the...
November 2023
Jane
The trip was glorious. Highlights were the...
November 2023
Jane
The trip was glorious. Highlights were the...
November 2023
Jane
The trip was glorious. Highlights were the...
November 2023
Jane
An absolutely incredible experience. Our gu...
November 2023
Victoria
An absolutely incredible experience. Our gu...
November 2023
Victoria
An absolutely incredible experience. Our gu...
November 2023
Victoria
An absolutely incredible experience. Our gu...
November 2023
Victoria
We had an absolutely brilliant trip. Our gu...
November 2023
Emily
We had an absolutely brilliant trip. Our gu...
November 2023
Emily
We had an absolutely brilliant trip. Our gu...
November 2023
Emily
Another great MBA trip… this is a challengi...
November 2023
Andrew
Another great MBA trip… this is a challengi...
November 2023
Andrew
Another great MBA trip… this is a challengi...
November 2023
Andrew
Another great MBA trip… this is a challengi...
November 2023
Andrew
Fantastic trip! Would highly recommend it...
October 2023
Caz
Fantastic trip! Would highly recommend it...
October 2023
Caz
Fantastic trip! Would highly recommend it...
October 2023
Caz
This is definitely a wild and fun adventure...
September 2023
Christie
This is definitely a wild and fun adventure...
September 2023
Christie
This is definitely a wild and fun adventure...
September 2023
Christie
An incredible few days exploring some of th...
August 2023
Emanuelle

Paddle along stunning volcanic coastline, and wild camp on white sand beaches and islet-studded sea lochs

Discover hidden bays and wild skerries, eyes peeled for otters, porpoise, seals and sea eagles

Forage for shellfish, seaweed and coastal plants and brave the Atlantic Ocean for a cold water wild swim

One of the "Best adventure holidays in the UK for adrenaline seekers" according to The Independent

Key Information

Day 1

To the sea!

Kayaking

8km

Please note, the route below is a sample itinerary. The actual route you paddle will be subject to the weather conditions at the time. The guides also vary the routes and camp spots used throughout the season to minimise environmental impact on any one location.

Meet your host in Fort William and drive for around 45 mins to Kinlochmoidart, perched on the remote Ardnamurchan Peninsula in the West Highlands. You'll then pack and launch your kayak onto the sheltered water of Loch Moidart for an introductory paddling and skills session, before gliding past the ruined Castle Tioram. Set up camp on the beach and enjoy your first night under the stars.

Day 2

To the beautiful beach of Smirisary

Kayaking

18km

Today is all about building your skills and exploring the sheltered bays and islands of Moidart. You'll gradually wind your way northwards along rocky shores, hearing local folklore tales as you go. After a relaxed lunch stop, it's time to explore the entrance to Loch Ailort before crossing to the Ardnish peninsula and searching for a spot to camp for the night. The sunset from here is spectacular, all the more appreciated perched by the campfire.

Day 3

The Sound of Arisaig

Kayaking

15km

Kickstart the morning with a fresh swim in the Atlantic then hop back in your kayak to continue steadily north and west across the mouth of Loch nan Uamh, taking some time to forage in the rocks and pools at low tide. The final wild camp will be in the wonderful islet-studded Sound of Arisaig, protected by hundreds of small tidal islands known as skerries, this is a spectacular spot for your final night under the Milky Way.

Day 4

Last paddle and swim

Kayaking

7km

Another early morning sea dip for the brave before paddling for a couple more hours through the hidden sea lochs of Arisaig. You’ll reach a small road before lunch where you'll pack up and hit the road back to Fort William ready for your journey home.

Day 1

Wild camping · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2 – Day 3

Wild camping · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 4

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

For breakfast, there'll be cereal, bread, tea and coffee. For lunch, you can expect wraps with a variety of fillings, soup, and some treats to keep you going. Dinner will usually be a pasta or rice dish with a dessert. Snacks and drinks will also be available between meals. Vegetarian, vegan and most dietary requirements can be catered for.

What is the accommodation like?

scotland
Wild Camp

You’ll wild camp in twin share tents in remote and beautiful spots by the loch-side and on the beaches. Accommodation is basic but the remote locations far make up for the lack of facilities. Single tents are available upon request.

Upgrades

For solo travellers wanting their own personal space, you can request your own private tent on the trip (subject to availability). Just request when booking.

This trip has been rated as Moderate

You do not need any previous kayaking experience as full training will be provided at the beginning of the trip and while on the water. A general level of fitness will be required. Building a little arm strength before the trip can help with sea kayaking, and hip mobility is needed. The precise difficulty level of this trip depends on the sea conditions at the time, which can change quickly. Needless to say, you should come prepared to encounter some waves. You will be in a single kayak by default however if perhaps you don't have much kayaking experience or aren't confident in having your own boat and would prefer a tandem kayak, this can be requested with your host - they are however subject to availability so please request on your booking form.

The Scottish summer is usually warm but you can expect some rain, even if it's just a little. Prepare for anything and think ‘layers'. Conditions in April and May will be slightly cooler, with the potential for frost at night. Kit-wise, the main thing is a warm sleeping bag, or an additional bag liner if you feel the cold more.

The Area

map

Logistics

Starts

Fort William

09:00 on Day 1

Ends

Fort William

Approx 15:00 on Day 4

Transfers

You’ll meet your host in Central Fort William at 09:00. You will then be transferred by minibus to the start. We recommend you arrive the night before to ensure you don't miss your transfer.

Your trip will end in Fort William mid-afternoon on the final day in Central Fort William.

On the final day, there is a Citylink bus from Fort William to Inverness departing at 15.30 which we recommend for those customers heading to Inverness Airport.

Travel options

Regular trains run to Fort William from across the UK. The nearest airports are Inverness (INV) or Glasgow (GLA). Citylink run bus services from Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness. You can also get a bus directly from Glasgow Airport to Fort William (twice a day in the summer).

There are buses available from Glasgow to Fort William or from Inverness to Fort William. Please note if you are flying, you will need to arrive in Fort William the night before in order to make the start time as there are no connections which enable you to arrive early enough for the start on Day 1. Citylink and Megabus offer regular services with an approximate 2hr transfer time from Inverness, and 3 hr transfer to Glasgow Airport.

There is also the option of the Caledonia Sleeper Train

For those driving - there is a long-stay public Car Park next to The Moorings Hotel in Banavie, which we recommend using.

Enjoy 12.5% Off Outdoor Gear

In need of a few more items? All bookings receive a 12.5% discount to use at Cotswold Outdoor, Snow + Rock and Runner's Need.

What's included?

  • Tent
  • Inflatable sleeping mat
  • Cutlery, mug, bowl, plate
  • Buoyancy aid
  • 2 x 20 litre dry bags for personal kit
  • Kayaking waterproof jacket, trousers
  • Neoprene shoes (on request only - let the host know in advance)

Please let your host know an indication of size for the waterproof clothing. Either an extra small, small, medium, large or extra-large. An approx. guess will do.

Available to Hire

  • Sleeping Bag - see Optional Extras.

What do I need to bring?

  • Sleeping bag & sleeping bag liner (if required for extra warmth)
    (sleeping bag must be in a compression sack to make it as small as possible to fit in the kayak)
  • Waterproof jacket for the evenings in camp
  • 2 sets of paddling clothes (lightweight, quick-dry trousers, woolly socks, base layer top, t-shirt or shirt)
  • Pyjamas if required (most sleep in a set of thermals or similar)
  • Fleece x 2 (1 for paddling, 1 for the evening)
  • Trainers for evenings (ideally water resistant)
  • 1 set of warm evening clothes (we hope to have a campfire some nights so take old clothes that you don’t mind getting smoky and dirty)
  • Warm gloves depending on the time of year
  • Warm hat
  • Sun hat
  • Spare socks and underwear
  • Sun cream/ lip salve/ sunglasses with a protective case
  • Midge head net & midge repellent (June to September)
  • Toothpaste, toothbrush, biodegradable shower gel/soap
  • Small-medium microfibre travel towel
  • Swimming costume if you fancy a swim
  • Torch (preferably head torch)
  • Small day sack for waterproofs, snacks, sun cream etc.
  • Camera (in a waterproof bag if necessary)
  • Power bank/solar charger
  • Water bottle
  • Personal hand sanitiser

Please note that cotton and denim clothing are not recommended for paddling in, as they have no thermal properties when wet. Bear in mind when packing - that all your personal kit, including sleeping bag and part of a tent will need to fit in the kayak. Please ensure that your personal kit (including your sleeping bag) fits in a 40ltr bag or 2 x 20ltr dry bags, these will be provided for you to use. If you like to snack, please pack your own light snacks - remember they must fit in the bag!

*Requests for optional extras can be made after booking on your “My Bookings” page

Sleeping Bag Hire

Payable Before Departure

Sleeping Bag Hire

Per Person

Andrew H.(June 2024)
Excellent

Superb trip. The weather was not on our side, but Elliot was great at working to flex the plan to make sure we still had a super adventurous 4 days of paddling, taking advantage of some more sheltered conditions through the lochs.

Great food, first class equipment, and would recommend wholeheartedly.

Michael K.(June 2024)
A great adventure

Just returned from an amazing few days! Unfortunately, due to some wild weather we had to adjust our plans and headed up the Great Glen Way. That in no way diminished what was an exhilarating time on the water. Rain, sunshine, wind we had it all. Our guide was Elliott, who was brilliant all round. We felt safe and well looked after with some very tasty (and ingenious given the surroundings) meals served along the way. I can't recommend this enough, just be sure to accept that the elements are often unpredictable and a midget net is an absolute must!!

Graham P.(June 2024)
Fantastic experience

Phenomenal scenery, a supportive and fun group plus our fantastic guide Calum who brought the whole experience together with enthusiasm and passion.

Gemma C.(June 2024)
Thanks for an amazing adventure!

What an amazing adventure! The scenery was breathtaking and the trip was so well organised. And it helped that the group was a grear bunch of people! Our guide Callum was brilliant, he cooked up a feast every night and had the group laughing the whole time. He also did a great job of keeping up everyone's spirits when the weather changed and the kayaking became more challenging (the weather on the coast changes by the hour so come prepared for wind and rain and sun and midges all in the same day!). The beaches, white sands and views were unforgettable, a properly 'off the beaten track' experience.

Jo M.(June 2024)
A great trip

An amazing trip. Our guide Stew looked after us so well from start to finish. He was amazing, thank you. Great advice, equipment, food. Always felt safe even when the waves got choppy! Amazing locations along the lochs and coast. The route did have to be amended due to the weather conditions which was understandable, not much you can do as you have to keep safe.

Ian B.(June 2024)
Epic sea kayaking in the Highlands

What a fabulous adventure in the highlands of Scotland. Sea kayaking through the lochs and the coast was epic. We had most of the weather during our four days including beautiful sunshine - just as you would expect. Our guide Stew was brilliant, clearly a kayak expert, relaxed, chatty, knowledgeable and he inspired complete confidence when the weather required plan B or C. The nature was awesome: eagles hunting; terns diving; seals being curious and all manner of plants and tasty seaweed. The trip was stretching but always felt safe. I will be looking for more adventures.

Jodie R.(June 2024)
Sea kayaking May 24

I had an amazing time, what an adventure, camping in beautiful unspoilt locations, watching the most beautiful sunsets. Great food and Calum our guide was full of fun we never stopped laughing. Saw some breath taking scenery and wildlife. We were well looked after with Calum, he was very knowledgeable and took good care of us. I would highly recommend.

Zoe W.(June 2024)
Brilliant adventure in a beautiful

Brilliant adventure in a beautiful part of Scotland. Well organised and really lovely people. Can't recommend it enough!

Adam S.(May 2024)
Brilliant!

Excellent trip with an extremely knowledgable and competent guide (Rachael). A group of seven booked for the wild camping and canoeing trip in Scotland, great experience which included visiting remote and otherwise inaccessible beaches around the north west coast! Definitely recommend the trip for anyone considering it!

Allison M.(May 2024)
Fantastic experience with lovely people

This was my first trip with MBA but it won’t be my last. Met some lovely people in stunning scenery and learnt new skills. Scott looked after us really well and produced fantastic meals like magic from the provisions packed into our kayaks. A fantastic experience.

Stephen K.(May 2024)
Wild camp and kayak the west coast of Scotland

What a great trip and a beautiful place! This trip is up there with one of the best experiences I've ever had. Already thinking about booking the next one!

Alexander D.(May 2024)
Excellent

Amazing kayaking trip along the West coast. Our guide Scott was first class and took care of all our needs every step of the way. Food was excellent even with it being made on a couple of small burners and we were never left hungry. Can't recommend this trip enough but midge net and sun screen are a must no matter what the weather looks like. Five stars all the way. Thanks Scott.

David J.(May 2024)
Great trip, great host, great company.

Amazing trip, brilliant guide in Scott. Great scenery, relaxing paddle in the kayaks. Really enjoyed the camping spots. The food was great, unbelievable how Scott managed to produce such dishes. Third trip with MBA for me and won’t be my last. One of the best things is the people you meet. Sad to say goodbye at the end.

Sian A.(May 2024)
Fabulous Trip, Amazing group

Fabulous Trip! Great scenery and wildlife spotting, great kayaking at a nice relaxed pace, amazing group and the best guide in Scott! (His camp stove cooking skills were insane!) Everything was super organised from start to finish the Kit provided was great quality and clearly well looked after. Travelled solo but left with a great group of friends.

Derek L.(May 2024)
Brilliant trip , great bunch

Brilliant trip , great bunch of people, great guide & brilliant cook in Scott. Lot of laughs, Ok weather, great scenery & good fun. Don't worry if you're new to kayaking (like me), its a total blast!

Jonathan P.(May 2024)