Sea Kayaking - Islands of the Minch
Enjoy the beauty of the Summer Isles (incl. Priest Island), discover the Shiant Isles with their amazing birdlife and take time to enjoy scenic Scalpay and the east coast of Harris. Sea kayaking in this stunning Hebridean setting of islands and coastlines is an experience to enjoy and to remember.
We start our journey in the Summer Isles, a sea kayaking paradise with beautiful coastlines, a wonderful archipelago of islands and rugged sea stacs. There are classic paddles around Tanera Mor, Tanera Beg and perhaps an expedition out to Priest Island, the most distant of the Summer Isles and an RSPB Reserve.
Our next destination lies across the Minch and the Monadhliath will take us to the Shiant Islands. Conditions allowing, we plan to explore the Shiants by sea kayak and this will be a truly memorable experience. Steeped in history, these islands are also home to thousands of guillemots, razorbills, fulmars, kittiwakes and puffins – the birdlife is one of the highlights of any trip to the Shiants. With expert guides to hand on the Monadhliath, there will be plenty of assistance in identifying birds, wildlife and the cetaceans we encounter.
The Monadlihliath will then take us to the rugged coast of Harris and the Isle of Scalpay on Loch Tarbert. With its myriad of island sand inlets, this is an area made for exploration. The east coast of Harris is less visited area by sea kayak but provides exceptional paddles. Spectacular, remote and hard to beat for its beautiful scenery, this is also an area rich in wildlife and cetaceans, including several species of whales.
Each night, you will be able to relax in the comfortable saloon, enjoying freshly cooked and prepared meals. The boat itself has a drying room and its bunks allow you to enjoy a little luxury between expeditions.
About your sea kayaking guides
Angus and Tania Mackie have many years experience of kayaking and have led sea kayaking expeditions around the north west coast of Scotland as well as to Shetland, Skye and Brittany. They both hold leadership and coaching qualifications. Angus runs Scotland360o Photography and can help you develop your photography skills on the water. As a qualified yoga teacher Tania runs Tall Tree Yoga, combines yoga and sea kayaking and is happy to run dawn or dusk yoga sessions to suit.
This trip is suitable for sea kayakers who have experience in longer day paddles and who are confident in paddling along coastlines with limited opportunities for landing. An ability to roll is not essential but experience of being rescued is necessary.
**Please note that whilst we try to make these trips accessible to everyone, the boat is not suitable for anyone with mobility issues due to the compact spaces and steep stairs descending to the cabins.
**Under 14s must be accompanied by a responsible adult on our overnight expeditions.