Paddle Moray Firth
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Enjoy a great half-day out sea kayaking on the stunning Moray Firth. Launching from North Kessock, we follow the Black Isle coastline up to Munlochy Bay.
- 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.
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.
Group Size: Min 4 Adults, Max 8
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.
Distance: Approx. paddling distance 5 miles (8km)
Craft: Tandem sea kayaks
Weather: Should the weather (wind/waves) be unsuitable to paddle out on Moray Firth on the day, we may have to relocate to paddle in the Beauly Firth heading up to Redcastle.
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
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
Finish Time: Approx 10.00pm
COVID-19 Activity Advice: A number of precautions are being put in place to ensure safety for all attending.
- All participants are attending on the basis they are NOT suffering from any COVID-19 symptoms, have NOT knowingly been in contact with anyone suffering from COVID-19 symptoms within the last 14 days, and are fit, healthy, and happy to participate.
- Should any booked participant discover they have developed any COVID-19 symptoms, participants are asked to contact Explore Highland by email at the earliest opportunity.
- We ask all participants to respect social distancing to assist in everyone’s safety.
- Social distancing will be maintained throughout the activity whether on land or when out on the water.
- Alcohol-based hand sanitisers will be available for regular application at the start, tea break, and at the end of the paddling day.
- Pre & post-cleaning of all kayaks and kit will be completed to ensure all paddler’s safety.
- Additional safety briefing to explain options for self-rescue and ensuring no sharing of equipment.
- Coach/guide will use disposable gloves when issuing clean kit, and when you are finished with it. Gloves will also be worn if help is required moving and handling the kayaks on & off the water.
- Group photos will be taken maintaining social distancing and “group hug photos” encouraged only for the same household paddlers.
- Should the Scottish/UK government change travel restrictions after deposits/balance has been paid, Explore Highland will honour your booking and offer an alternative date/event to attend once restrictions have been lifted.
- If paddling shuttle restrictions are still in place at the time of the event, Explore Highland may not be able to offer transport to the start/from the finish of the activity/adventure. If this is the case, you will be given notification at the earliest opportunity, along with other safe Covid-19 transport suggestions.
- Should there be any more best practice advice issued, we will ensure to add to this list to further promote safe paddling for all.
Terms & Conditions: Terms and conditions can be found online at – www.explorehighland.com/terms-conditions/