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Mothership kayak trip - Tall Ship - Hebridean Highlights

Tall Ship Based Kayak Trips

This unique journey will allow us to discover the most stunning corners of the Outer Hebrides from the convenience and comfort of a tall ship. Starting from Castlebay this journey allows us to pick and choose where and when we wish to kayak. There is no set itinerary, so we can select the locations to kayak in, when we paddle, and when we set sail according to the tides, the weather and the groups own needs.

Sailing south to Mingulay we can explore its incredible sea cliffs, paddle amongst the teaming bird life, view seals basking on rocks and soak up this beautiful wild landscape. From here we  set sail north to paddle in the beautiful sound of Barra before heading north to the equally lovely Sound of Harris. With islands, wildlife and amazing mountain backdrops both these location offer great paddling.

Next on our menu are the beautiful and remote Shiant islands off Lewis's east coast. Home to thousands of puffins, and with its own stunning rock formation, with 500 foot cliffs these islands are waiting to be explored. Alternatively we may head up the west coast of Harris and explore the wonderful wild country that lies around Scarpa. Here we will take our time kayaking into caves, landing on glorious beaches and soak up this truly wild landscape.

Finally heading back south there are the Monarch Isles. Lying off the west coast of North Uist these islands are home to the world's biggest grey seal, and with many small islands making up this archipelago there is always something new to discover around every corner.

Clearwater Paddling have teamed up with Heritage Marine to offer a unique once in a lifetime sea kayaking and sailing experience aboard the Brigantine tall ship “Lady of Avenel”. The Lady of Avenel offers a comfortable base from which we will set out each day for our kayaking explorations. Accommodation is in twin cabins or two four bunk cabins. There are showers with hot water and flush toilets aboard. The catering will be to the high Clearwater Paddling standard and meals will be taken in the comfortable and well appointed saloon.

We will need eight bookings for this trip to run, so please keep this in mind if you thinking of joining the tour. We are happy to take provisional bookings for this trip.

The Lady of Avenel will be captained by Stefan Fritz with Charles Lyster as first mate. If you wish to be – you too can be the crew and experience tall ship sailing at first hand, literally learning the ropes, taking responsibility on the helm, and with harnesses, climbing high into the rigging. There will be no compulsion to work the ropes, but being fully involved will certainly add a new and enjoyable dimension to your sea kayaking holiday.


How to Book

Available dates for this trip are shown below. Our trips are normally fully inclusive but some of our trips are available as self catering and/or kayaking-only basis. For our lodge-based trips the kayaking only option means you are responsible for all your meals and accommodation. For wild-camping trips you will be responsible for providing and cooking your own meals. Please contact us if you require more information.

Dates and prices

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There are no fixed dates for this trip but we do offer trips on demand and tailored trips so please do contact us with your preferred dates for details.

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