Sea Kayaking - Islands of the Minch Cruise
This sea kayaking adventure, based on the MV Monadhliath, departs from Ullapool to discover some of the islands of the Minch in a journey to Harris and Lewis. A great adventure for more experienced sea kayakers, visiting the Shiants and Summer Isles for remote paddles, but also the east coast of the Outer Hebrides too!
- An experienced sea-kayakers dream trip.
- Paddle the Summer Isles out to Priest Island.
- Visit the Shiants and enjoy kayaking the islands.
- No long sea paddles to reach the islands.
- Explore the Isle of Scalpay on Harris.
- Loads of seabirds and potential to see whales and dolphins.
- Experienced kayaking guides from Scotland 360°.
Enjoy the beauty of the Summer Isles, discover the Shiant Isles with their amazing birdlife and take the 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 Scotland360° 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.
Load kayaks and kit onto boat in Ullapool and sail to the Summer Isles at the mouth of Loch Broom.
Afternoon familiarisation paddle exploring the area near our anchorage.
Overnight at the Summer Isles.
Morning at the Summer Isles.
Paddle Horse Island to Tanera Mor and Tanera Beg.
Time ashore on Tanera Mor and other stops.
Sail to Shiants following the Summer Isles paddle.
Overnight Shiant Islands.
Paddle the Shiant Islands - Garbh Eilean, Eilean an Taighe and Eilean Mhuire.
Time ashore on Eilean an Taighe to explore.
Sail to Loch Tarbert on Harris following the Shiants Paddle.
Overnight at Loch Tarbert.
Today's paddling will focus initially on east Loch Tarbert & Scalpay where we will go from Tarbert to Scalpay to Rhenigadail.
Sail to Loch Sealg (Loch Shell) following our Scalpay paddle.
Overnight Loch Sealg.
After breakfast we will head north towards Stornoway, cruising along the coast and watching out for any sightings of whales, dolphins and eagles which are all to be found here.
We will arrive in time to catch the 14:00 ferry from Stornoway to Ullapool, arriving at 16:30.
Sat 24th Jul - Wed 28th Jul
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**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.