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Loch Shiel Expedition

Highland Council
sup - Up to 8 people

Description

This trip is really going to scratch those adventure itches.

Join us on the West Coast of Scotland for an unforgettable 4 day, 3-night expedition into the wild.

After departing under the shadow of the Famous Glenfinnan monument on the ‘Road to the Isles’ we will paddle away from civilization down Loch Shiel, the 4th longest loch In Scotland. The scenery in this northern end of the loch is spectacular as we are flanked by towering mountains and deep glens on either side.

The mountainous scenery gives way to lowland pasture and bog as the Loch turns Westward before draining into the River Shiel. A visit to the ancient burial island of Eilean Fhianain and the ruins of St. Finan's Chapel is a highlight on this stretch of the expedition.

Before you know it we will be back on seawater as we enter the stunning Loch Moidart. there are lots to see here so we will definitely linger around a bit. before we will paddle out into The Sound of Arisaig, passing the white sands of Smirisary beach before heading around the coast to finish the trip in Loch Ailort.

Throughout the trip, we will be on the lookout for Golden Eagles, Sea Eagles, Otters, Herons, Oyster Catchers, Porpoise, and if we are really. really lucky, Pine Martins and even Wild Cats! Of course, there will also be plenty of inquisitive Seals.

Spectacular sunsets, amazing rainbows, and crumbling ruins are all par for the course on this trip so get your cameras ready.

This is an Expedition, so we will be paddling unsupported, carrying everything we need on our boards. Camping will be in tents on the banks of the Lochs, and all food will be provided (special dietary requirements can be catered for). At the end of the last day, we will head off for a hearty meal (at your cost) before the group disbands. 

If it's an adventure you’re after, look no further as this trip really has it all, so leave your phone at home and come ‘escape your cave’ with us.





What to bring

The prices for this trip are none outfitted (you bring your own equipment)


You will know what you are comfortable paddling in, the water will be cold and weather can change quickly this time of year. A good wetsuit with a wind/waterproof jacket over the top and a pair of 5mm wetsuit boots (with grip) is the minimum we would suggest for on the water clothing. Off the water we will be living outside, so warm clothes will be required as this is a coastal / mountain environment.

It is essential that your kit is packed in dry bags and remains completely dry. We would recommend double bagging of key items like sleeping bag and dry clothes. Please ensure that your dry bags are connected to your board securely with approximately 1 metre of cord.


Board (at least a 12'6 touring board, will need to be inflatable due to shuttling required, deck nets at front and rear)

Paddle

Tent (sharing)

Sleeping Bag (3 season)

Sleeping Mat (inflatable is best) Head torch (including spare batteries)

Wash kit including toilet roll etc (please ensure any soap is biodegradable)

Small Trowel

Mug (plastic or metal)

Spoon / knife Bowl (plastic or metal)

Dry Bags

Wet Kit

A wetsuit, dry suit or separate paddling trousers / bibs

Buoyancy Aid

Sunglasses

Water, Windproof jacket

Cap

Warm hat

Wet shoes (with sole to walk in on rough ground)

Dry Kit

Dry warm kit for off water and boots / trainers Sun cream (here’s hoping)

Camera

Water Bottle

If you have any questions about equipment / clothing then please ask.


If you want an outfitted trip please select the items you need on booking.





Requirements

We will be travel up to 60 km over the 4 days and will be paddling for around 5 hours each day.

Paddlers booking onto this trip should be competent, and able to paddle into a headwind and in chop at a reasonable pace. We will get you down on your knees if we need to.

This is not a trip for beginners, but we don't expect you to be perfect, we can work on paddle stroke efficiency and technique along the way.

if you've never paddled before, do not book this trip! Please consider booking onto one of our Foundation SUP'er sessions.

If you still aren't sure if this trip is right for you, why not book a 1-2-1 session, so we can advise you on what you need to do to work up to this trip, or even our river Arun SUP adventure to find out if you can do the distance.

If you've paddled with us before we will know if you're ready, so if in doubt get in touch.



Cancellations

In case you need to cancel the activity

From the date of booking a 5% none refundable handling fee is charged. on any refunds.


In case you need to cancel the activity, then the following charges apply:


Multiday sessions (trips and tours including an overnight stay)

42-21 Days before the activity date 50% of the total activity fee

20-0 Days before the activity date 100% of the activity fee


Day sessions (Sessions completed within a single calendar day)

14-8 Days before the activity date 50% of the total activity fee

7-0 Days before the activity date 100% of the activity fee





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£500 for adults

Mon 11th - Thu 14th Apr
09:30 - 21:00 every day · 8 spaces left
Sat 16th - Tue 19th Apr
09:30 - 21:00 every day · 6 spaces left
Sat 4th - Tue 7th Jun
09:30 - 21:00 every day · 8 spaces left


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