Hebrides Expedition

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Expedition summary

Oh, the magical Outer Hebrides. Arriving on these incredible islands, you really will feel like you have escaped from it all. Discover a different pace of life as you explore untouched coasts and countryside, fascinating history and unique island cultures.

The Outer Hebrides, also known as The Western Isles, is an island chain located off the north west coast of Scotland. They are made up of many small islands, of which only 15 are inhabited.

The chain of islands span over 130 miles, including 15 that are inhabited, stretching from Vatersay in the south to Lewis in the north. Each island is connected by a causeway, bridge or ferry making the journey through the islands a truly unique experience. The Scottish Gaelic language is still dominant in many communities in the Outer Hebrides.

We will meet at Oban before 12pm on the 18th of April and take the ferry to Castlebay, which is situated on Barra Island in the island network of the Outer Hebrides.

The plan is to travel over to Castlebay at 13.30pm from Oban, the ferry arrives at 6pm, we will spend the night in a hotel or hostel.

We will meet for a briefing on the 19th of April over breakfast and plan where to explore first, based on the weather conditions and upcoming forecast

We will have time in the morning to pack the kayaks and prepare for the 6 days and 5 nights of wild camping.

If the weather allows us, we will look at exploring the Islands south of Castle bay, Berneray and Mingulay. This area is absolutely stunning, and if the sun shine’s, it is one of the best sea kayaking locations in the world, options are plentiful for exploring the Hebrides by sea kayak.

This chain of islands form an area of unspoilt natural beauty with spectacular scenery, impressive mountain ranges, moorland, lochs, machair and miles of golden ‘sometimes sheltered’ sandy beaches, turquoise seas and diverse wildlife.

The Outer Hebrides can offer challenging sea conditions, have big swell on the west coast and surf beaches to land and launch from, we will try our best to offer a wonderful all-round sea kayaking expedition experience.

On our return to Castlebay on the 24th of April we will stay in a hotel/hostel where we will have opportunity to freshen up and enjoy a meal and a few beverages together, before we depart on the ferry for Oban on the 25th of April at 07:55am.

Expedition details

Experience needed

To get the most out of the expedition you should be an Intermediate paddler and be comfortable in conditions associated with force 4 winds.  If you have any questions regarding the required experience please feel to contact us to discuss.

Location and times

We meet in Oban on Saturday the 18th of April before 12pm (meeting location to be determined nearer the time)

Please ensure you buy all of your supplies of food, drink and gas or fuel for the week before we meet.

There are food stores and sports shops in Castlebay. Experience has taught as that it is advisable to purchase gas canisters or fuel suitable for your cooker prior to arrival. If you are flying then please let us know and we will endeavour to have fuel available for you.

We will return to Oban on the ferry at 07.55am on the 25th of April at 12.30pm where we say goodbye to each other.

What to bring

  • Travel insurance.
  • Prepare for 5 breakfasts - 6 lunches – 5 dinners - plus snacks, hot drinks and soups for the time we are out.
  • Dry bags – various sizes, plenty of them.
  • A 3 or 4 season tent.
  • Sleeping mat and sleeping bag – suitable for cold conditions 3-4 season.
  • Stove, pans and gas (water bottle or flexible water bag), plus a reliable means of lighting.
  • Thermos or “Jet Boil” style cooker for keeping or heating liquids throughout the day.
  • At least two changes of warm clothes, warm hats, gloves and water-proofs.
  • Sun cream.
  • Insect repellent in case of midges and a tick remover.
  • Personal medication and first aid kit for your use.
  • A suitable bag to carry your kit in, up the beach (IKEA bag).
  • Suitable footwear for walking in the conditions and changing into at the end of the day.
  • Scotland has cell phone reception in many (but not all) places. Ensure you have sufficient power banks.
  • Headlamp/torch.
  • Cash, as there may be cafes and restaurants to visit without card facilities, or bus fare back to vehicles.
  • A suitable bag to carry your kit in, up the beach (IKEA bag).
  • Suitable footwear for walking in the conditions and changing into at the end of the day.
  • Reading material in case the elements keep us off the water.
  • Paddling kit – suitable for cold water paddling!

We can supply some basic paddling kit so please discuss this with us if you are uncertain that you have the correct gear.

There will be the opportunity to fish so bring a hand line or fishing rod. This is not a guaranteed way of supplementing your food but can be great fun.

We carry adequate safety kit however, we suggest you bring along the safety kit that you would normally paddle with – a group can never have enough safety equipment on a trip!

If you have kit that you prefer (left hand paddle) or familiar with and fits you comfortably please bring it with you – We always travel with our personal paddles, PFD and clothing.

Looking forward to sharing our “DEVOTION TO THE OCEAN” with you!

What it includes

What is included

What is included

We can supply suitable expedition kayaks or you are welcome to bring your own kayak.

Please advise if you require a kayak at least two weeks prior to the commencement of the expedition.

Buoyancy aids /PFD.

Spray decks.

Paddles.

Sea Kayaking Cornwall’s experienced guide with area knowledge offering advice, assistance, planning and safety throughout the trip.

2 Nights hotel or hostel accommodation in Castlebay.

Not included

Transport to and from the start location in the Outer Hebrides – Scotland.

Food or beverages during the trip.

Camping Equipment.

Cost

£795