This is a new venue for “Cumbria Canoeists”. Between the mainland mountain masses and the Island of Skye lies the Applecross Peninsula. Accessed from the south via the infamous Bealach na Ba, probably the most spectacular pass in Scotland. From the top the road drops down to Applecross with the campsite (Tel: 01520 744268 - PC IV54 8ND GR )where we will be based just before the village. Tents, Campervans or if you don't have a van and don't want to camp there are also Camping huts available please see website for details. We will arrive on the 30th and leave on the 3rd giving 4 days Sea Kayaking. We will have a block campsite booking but you will need to check in and settle individually with the site.
There are many options for Sea Kayaking in the area including the Crowlin Islands just off the South West of the peninsula, there are also possibilities for a 2 day paddle with an overnight camp or Bothy. Applecross is often fairly sheltered but if the wind direction is unfavourable shelter can usually be found by driving around to Sheldaig and Upper Loch Torridon or back South to Loch Kishorn and Loch Carron.
There are stunning views across to Raasay and Skye and plenty of wild life, Otters, seals, dolphins, basking sharks, Pilot and Minke whales as well as the White-tailed sea eagle or Golden eagle, Guillemots, Herons, Puffins, Shearwaters, Petrels and other seabirds.
For après paddling The Applecross Inn, sitting by the shore in the village, a short walk from the campsite, has an excellent reputation for its seafood, and for the Ice Cream lovers there is Aron’s homemade Ice cream!
We will convene at 09h00 each morning to explain & plan the day trips, shuttles etc. Trip plans will depend on the weather conditions, tides and the capabilities of the group(s). We may divide up if it makes sense to do so.
This trip is not a coaching course but you will be safely guided by experienced and qualified sea kayak leaders. Our main objectives of the trip are to bring likeminded sea paddlers together, share experiences and make the contacts necessary for further trips in this area.
We will aim to finish by 16h00 on Monday 3rd to give people time to get home - it's a long way from Applecross!
This event is open to Cumbrian paddlers – or friends of – with an interest in sea kayaking who would like to extend and develop their skills and experience. This event is suitable for paddlers with some sea kayaking experience who are looking to improve their independence to plan and execute coastal trips. Talk to the organiser if you need to confirm whether your experience and capabilities are sufficient. Maximum 8 participants.
Using a specific sea kayak is very important, so if you do not have one please borrow or hire one from a club or commercially. Cumbria Canoeists have three sea kayaks that are available for a small donation. Personal paddling equipment, adequate gear, a change of clothes, food and drink for each day’s paddle are essential - Paddler Kit lists are available here.
Responsibility for camping and cooking each day will be left with the participants, but do not hesitate to ask for any further guidance.
Before you can book on any Cumbria Canoeist's event you must have completed a one time Paddler Registration.
Cost: £55 payable by BACS to “Cumbria Canoeists” Sort Code 01-08-93 A/C# 14482177. Please add your surname and the event reference as the BACS payment reference, and ensure your bank details are up to date in your Paddler Registration. This is to make sure we can track payments.
If you are not a member of British Canoeing, we have to arrange membership equivalent liability insurance cover for you for on the water session (applies to all participants and guides). The cost is £5 per person per event; Alternatively, we would encourage BC adult membership at £45 or £65 for a couple per annum. Please add the insurance charge to the event fee payment.
Places are allocated on a "payment received" basis and the booking status is indicated at the top of this page.