Harris From The Water

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Relax and explore. Travel at a slower pace. Sea kayaking journeys from the Isle of Harris.

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Based on 65 reviews.
Georgia T
Georgia T
September 9, 2019.
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Wonderful tour form Lewis Andrew took us on a lovely tour from Valtos. He managed well with a variety of abilities in our group and made sure that we all felt confident. He was an engaging and entertaining guide, and provided an excellent tea break!
Patrick Blythe
Patrick Blythe
September 6, 2019.
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Amazing Family Adventure A brillant days kayaking around Scalpay, perfect for the children they had an amazing time, going inbetweens the rocks and seeing all wildlife including the Seals. Also what a great lunch with homemade flapjack, what a bonus. Will definately be joining you again next time we are back. The Blythe family
Alistair T
Alistair T
August 19, 2019.
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Flapjack We had a lovely morning on the water around Scalpay, enjoying warm sunshine and flat calm, and Andrew was a very relaxed guide. His USP of flapjack provided during the tea break gave us all the energy we needed to rekindle our enthusiasm for the paddle home.
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wanderer_noms
August 18, 2019.
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Highlight of the trip Kayaking with Andrew was the highlight of our trip. My partner and I booked a half day and we couldn’t have been more pleased. I was initially a little worried about being in open sea but Andrew was a knowledgable, friendly and laid back guide and made our group feel very safe. We saw loads of seals and had delicious flapjacks and tea!
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finlayface
August 15, 2019.
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Surrounded by seals! We had a fantastic morning out on East Loch with Andrew. He was a great leader and gave clear instructions. It was great having a wee group and Andrew was careful to make sure no one felt left behind! Tea and delicious flap jacks were an unexpected joy but clearly I should have read the other reviews! We were lucky enough to stop in a bay and be surrounded by seals bobbing around us. The weather was also a bonus! Make a booking, you won’t regret it!
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Hotnote
August 12, 2019.
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1/2 day sea kayaking I had prebooked with Andrew to ensure I’d have a spot and what a day we had! Downpoured all morning and literally started to clear out as I pulled in to the car park to meet up with him. It turned out to be weather perfect and flat calm. Andrew was fun and professional and made me feel very comfortable especially being on my own. We paddled out to Taransay, watched the seals play and then had tea and homemade flapjacks up on the dune. It was perfect in every way. Highly recommend this trip!
ScotchSue
ScotchSue
August 9, 2019.
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Paddling amongst the seals What a fantastic morning we spent with Andrew kayaking across to Taransay! Andrew was great with our teenagers, who loved the idea of landing on an uninhabited island. Pausing in the bay surrounded by curious seals was a real highlight, as were the now legendary flapjacks and tea. We would thoroughly recommend Roam Outer Hebrides for a great family experience.
Katy Griffith
Katy Griffith
August 8, 2019.
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Fantastic kayak trip We had an amazing kayak around Scalpay. Andrew was a calm and patient guide. Saw seals really close up who were really curious and followed us for a little while!! Stopped halfway for tea and flapjacks which were DELICIOUS and much appreciated. Thank you!! Mark, Katy, Becky, Connor and Harvey from London.
Enrico P
Enrico P
August 7, 2019.
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Great Kayak trip! We had a great afternoon in the wonderful scenery of Scalpay. Paddling with seals was really exciting. Thank you! Enrico Francesca Stefano
Ed W
Ed W
August 5, 2019.
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Fantastic afternoon kayaking Andrew was a great guide and really easy to arrange the trip with, we where blessed with great weather and had a lovely paddle across to Taransay via some very inquisitive Seals. Tea and Flapjacks on Taransay island over looking one of the best beaches I have seen. Kayaking by far the best way to see the real beauty of Harris so I would say this is a must do trip if visiting. Can not recommend Andrew enough and we hope to be back next summer for another paddle.

Take to the water to enjoy the beauty and diversity of the incredible Hebridean landscape.

 

Sea Kayaking is for everybody, whether you are a complete beginner or a seasoned paddler.

Have a look at our favourite spots.

 

Locations

Andrew

Tour Leader

Andrew is a qualified Sea Kayak Leader and Outdoor First Aider. When not out paddling he can be found trotting across the Harris hilltops, kitesurfing at Seilebost or eating Fish and Chips in Tarbert.

All Abilities

Complete beginner to seasoned paddler. Separate parties are matched by ability level to ensure a relaxed trip for all.

Quality Equipment

Sea kayaks, wetsuits, spraydecks, and buoyancy aids provided – just bring swimwear and a towel.

Tailored Trips

Maximum group size of six makes for a safe and personalised tour. Location requests welcome (conditions dependent).

Safety

All necessary emergency equipment is carried; group shelter, additional clothing and VHF radio. Safety is paramount.

 

The Isle of Harris coastline is incredibly diverse, from sweeping white sand beaches to labyrinthine rocky inlets.

 

Paddling location will depend on weather and tides – explore the map below. All sea kayak trips are tailored to the interests and abilities of participants.

 

You’ll see sea birds aplenty, from gannets to oystercatchers, and curious seals are often popping their heads up. The lucky ones might glimpse an otter frolicking in the shallows, or a porpoise coming up for air!

East Loch Tarbert – myriad islets and sheltered waters make for a fantastic paddle, particularly for beginners. Look out for otters!
Isle of Scalpay – seals aplenty and lots of islands to explore. Take a day and circumnavigate the island!
Horgabost and Seilebost – paddle through turquoise waters over white sands, and if the weather is good, cross the sound to Taransay!
Sound of Harris – explore the now uninhabited islands of Ensay and Killegray and enjoy using the tide to do the hard work for you (one way at least)!
Bays of Harris – labyrinthine inlets and natural harbours – the seals love it here too!
Huishnish and Scarp – the final frontier. White sand beaches backed by the rugged mountains of North Harris. A full day is required to explore this little corner of paradise.

Tour

£ 65

3-4 hours

Half day trip – popular with beginners

Approximately 3 hours paddling

Tea stop at a sheltered beach or cove

U16 discount of £10 pp for family groups of 4+

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£ 85

6-7 hours

Full day trip – up to 5 hours paddling

Explore more remote areas

3+ stops, snacks included

U16 discount of £10 pp for family groups of 4+

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Do I need to have kayaked before?

No! It is possible to go sea kayaking without any prior experience. The trip will be modified according to your experience, ability and confidence level.

What do I need to bring?

You just need to bring a swimsuit, towel and something warm to wear on top! Feel free to bring a camera or spare clothes; drybags can be provided and items stowed in the kayaks.

What equipment is provided?

Included in the price of the tour is the use of a sea kayak, a ‘long john’ type wetsuit (without arms so that paddling is comfortable), spray top, buoyancy aid, wetsuit shoes, and a spray deck, if you would like to use one.

Do you have double kayaks?

No, at present only single sea kayaks are available, so everybody paddles their own boat.

What time are your trips?

Generally, for half day trips we’ll meet at 9.30 a.m. or 2.30 p.m. For full day trips we’ll most likely meet at 10 a.m. This is subject to change due to weather or tidal conditions, but you will be informed the day before.

Do I need to be able to roll?

No! Rolling back up after a capsize is an advanced manoeuvre – you don’t need to be able to do this!

What if I capsize?

People very occasionally capsize on a Roam tour. This generally happens because the participant is tense or nervous (or sometimes over-confident!). If you are relaxed, you will have no problem! Andrew is excellent at spotting signs of nervousness, and can guide you through the process of relaxation at a pace that suits you. If you do capsize, Andrew can easily get you back into the boat, and in a wetsuit you will remain warm for the rest of the tour.

Is there a size/weight limit?

Equipment ranges in size from Small to Extra Large. While the sea kayaks are very buoyant, the ‘cockpit’ does place a limit on size. Those with doubts about fitting into an XL wetsuit should raise their concerns prior to booking.

Is there a minimum age?

Due to the size of the single sea kayaks (they are over 15 feet/5 metres long), the minimum age is 12 years old. Please get in touch if you have a younger child that is particularly strong and energetic!

Do you have a minimum/maximum group size?

The minimum number of people required for a trip is two. The maximum is six but normal group size is four, which keeps the group manageable and makes for a personable, friendly trip!

Can I take my dog?

Currently, taking dogs on sea kayak trips is not possible. If you would like somebody to look after your dog while you are kayaking, please contact Yvonne at Paws On Harris, via phone on 07973815262 or Facebook @PawsOnHarris.

What is your cancellation policy?

A 50% deposit is taken to secure the booking. The deposit is refunded in full if cancellation is made 7 days before the trip date. The deposit is not refunded if booking is cancelled within 7 days. The remainder of the payment is taken either in cash or by card on the day. If a change to the trip is made by Roam Outer Hebrides because of the weather (either location, time, duration, or all of the above), and you agree, the trip is subject to the same cancellation policy. If the trip cannot go ahead due to the weather, you will receive a full refund. Cancellations made due to Covid-19 will receive a full refund.

Where do we meet?

Location of sea kayak tours depends on the weather and tidal conditions on the day. This information will be given to you the day before. See our ‘Trips’ section for where we might go! As a general rule, if the wind is coming from the West, we will kayak on the East side, and vice versa.

Do you rent kayaks?

No, kayaks are not available for rent. Roam only offers guided sea kayak trips.

Isn’t a full day too long to be kayaking for?

Full day trips are leisurely affairs. They generally mean we can take a bit more time to watch wildlife, explore inlets and islands, drink tea and eat flapjack! While it affords more time to get to more remote places, it doesn’t necessarily mean we will be paddling for twice as long as a half day trip!

How do I get to Harris?

You have three options using the ferry.

  1. Take the ferry from Ullapool to Stornoway (Isle of Lewis), and drive one hour south to Harris.
  2. Take the ferry from Uig (Isle of Skye) directly to Tarbert, Harris.
  3. Take the ferry from North Uist/Berneray to Leverburgh (South Harris), and drive 30 minutes to Tarbert.

You can also fly to Stornoway from many locations using Loganair.

Buses operate around Harris – timetables can be found here. Having a vehicle is preferable as you are not constrained by the bus routes and timetable. You can hire a car from Car Hire Hebrides.

Are you insured?

Yes, public liability insurance is in place.

What are your qualifications?

Andrew is a qualified Sea Kayak Leader for Moderate Water and an Outdoor First Aider (updated March 2021). He is also a qualified Mountain Leader (summer).

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Questions?

Email andrew@roamouterhebrides.co.uk

Call 07845 136867