Meeting at Craigton Point, we issue a suitably sized personal buoyancy aid, spray deck and paddle to everyone. After a short safety briefing, we launch onto Moray Firth and head off on a mini-adventure. As we paddling along the coastline, skills are practiced on route to the village of Kilmuir. Once at Kilmuir we head around the point and continue up the coastline to Munlochy Bay. Here we offer the group an opportunity to land on the beach to stretch their legs and have a tea break. There will be lots of time for photos and wildlife spotting along the way. The way back is always much quicker with your newly acquired paddling skills.
- tandem kayaks
- a personal buoyancy aid (PFD) and a suitably sized kayak paddle
- a small dry bag per person
- approx three hours paddling on the water
- tea/coffee/hot chocolate and biscuits/cake at the tea break
- copies of photos taken during the trip
What you need to bring: When paddling, you should expect to be splashed a little from boat spray and drips from the paddle. The weather can also change rapidly out on the sea so its best to be prepared for the worst. Please bring suitable outdoor clothing to keep you warm for the four-hour trip outdoors in the Scottish Highlands.
- a waterproof jacket and waterproof over trousers (essential)
- leggings/baselayer/fleece jumper
- a hat/ cap to keep your head warm
- old light footwear/trainers that you don't mind getting wet/splashed
We recommend also bringing along;
- water or juice as you may get thirsty
- any medication you may require
- towel & complete change of clothes for afterward - can be taken or left in your car!
Jeans and hiking boats are NOT suitable for watersports and kayaking.
Group Size: Min 4 Adults, Max 8 (Bookings closes 48 hours before the activity date. Should there not be sufficient numbers, you will be notified and issued a full refund)
Age: This trip is suitable for adults or families (minimum 12-year-old). 12-17-year-olds require to be accompanied on one adult to one basis. Should you require to book for multiple spaces, please check spaces available when registering "Add More Attendee's? Click to toggle, limit X)" lets you see remaining spaces. Adults and U18's need to be booked/paid separately.
Meeting Time: 6.00pm. Please arrive early to ensure you are in time for the safety briefing and kit issue.
Meet Location: Beside RNLI Lifeboat station, North Kessock We meet at North Kessock underneath the Kessock Bridge. There is ample parking for cars on the rough ground just past the Lifeboat station. Please DO NOT park directly beside the Lifeboat station as 24/7 access around it and area should be kept clear for launching and landings, including the landing of the rescue helicopter.
Google Map link - https://goo.gl/maps/BDw6tLf2CZn9PW7PA
Request a Lift: Should you not have transport, you are able to gain a lift from Donald from his Harbour Road, Inverness based store/workshop. Please request a lift by email at time of booking. Departure for base is 20mins before Paddle Moray Firth trips.
Finish Time: Approx 10.00pm
Distance: Approx. paddling distance 5 miles (8km)
Craft: Tandem kayaks
Weather: Should the weather (wind/waves) be unsuitable to paddle out on Moray Firth on the day, we may have to relocate as a group to a safer location. Transport will be provided.
Personal Belongings: Cameras, phones, car keys, and other personal belongings are taken out onto the water at your own risk. If in doubt, please leave these items in your car when out on the water
Terms & Conditions: Terms and conditions can be found online at - www.explorehighland.com/terms-conditions/