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This seven day Isles of Lorne sea kayaking expedition offers some stunning paddling in remote and beautiful surroundings. The Isles of Lorne is a superb labyrinth of islands between Oban and Jura and include the islands of Seil, Easdale, Luing, Lunga, Shuna, Torsa and Belnahua.

The trip route will very much depend upon the weather and tides, however to ensure everybody really gets the most out of the trip it is essential you are at the required standard (see panel right).

The principal aim is to provide an enjoyable sea kayaking expedition with a real focus on tidal planning and paddling in flow, wildlife and historical site stops along the way.

We’ll drive to the small marina of Croabh Haven, just south of Oban, where we will pack our boats and then head west. Weather permitting it should be possible to transit Corryvrechan the ‘gulf of the grey dogs’, Cuan Sound and pass under the bridge over the Atlantic, using the tide to our advantage and out to the Garvellachs.

The expedition will be self-sufficient and you will be wild camping throughout the journey, with the odd bit of fishing and wildlife spotting including eagles, otters and wild boar along the way.  On previous trips we have managed to paddle close to basking sharks and minke whales.

Whilst we cannot control the weather we’ll make the best of whatever is thrown at us.

If you have any questions relating to your suitability for this course or a technical enquiry, please email Huw Jones huw.jones@sport.wales. Huw will endeavour to reply to your email as quickly as possible.


Preparing for your expedition

Expedition Guidance Notes

Expedition Form


Recommended Reading

Rough Water Handling - Doug Cooper

Sea Kayak: A Manual for Intermediate and Advanced Sea Kayakers - Gordon Brown

We do not currently stock these publications. However they available to purchase directly from Pesda Press and Amazon


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Course Information

Duration: 8 Days (Saturday-Saturday)

Time: 0830-12345

Minimum Standard: You must be able to paddle a loaded kayak for up to 5 hours per day and be comfortable setting up a wild camp.

Minimum Age: 18 yrs. 

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