Essentials on Tour – Scottish West Coast Adventure

In summer 2019 we’re on tour to the west coast of Scotland! This adventure paddling week will make the most of the exciting conditions of the ‘Slate Isles’ – including Scarba, Seil and the Garvellachs.

This is a fantastic paddling area, with fast-flowing tides, an island archipelago and exciting tide races –
including Grey Dogs, Falls of Lora and the famous Corryvreckan Sound.
There is enormous potential here to develop dynamic water skills, confidence and experience.

1-5 July 2019 (5 kayaking days)

Confident open water paddling, in moderate water conditions (force 4) – with an interest in developing skills and experience in faster tides, wind and waves.

This course is ideal for paddlers wishing to develop rough water sea kayaking skills – and is an excellent development week for paddlers preparing for British Canoeing sea kayak (advanced) leader awards.


Nick & Matt, Kayak Essentials – maximum 8 clients – coach: client ratio 1:4

We will make use of a campsite base in Oban, for maximum flexibility and access to dynamic paddling conditions.
We will travel together to a new paddling venue each day.

Paddling area:
A short drive south to Easdale will permit us to launch into the northern part of the Slate Isles, with fast-flowing water and open sea conditions around Cuan Sound, Belnahua and the Garvellachs.

Just north of Oban is the famous Falls of Lora tide race, an excellent training venue for rough water paddling skills.

Across the Cuan Sound, we can launch within a 30-minute paddle of the island of Scarba, with its challenging tide races of Grey Dogs and Corryvreckan.

In windy weather, we will find challenging and fun conditions at all these venues, and will access the main tide races if conditions and group aims permit. This is also an excellent area for exciting downwind paddling adventures.

What’s provided?
We offer coaching and guiding for five days in this magnificent part of Scotland’s wild west coast.
We will be based at Oban Camping & Caravan Park, and invite you to join us there.

Clients will need to arrange their own accommodation – in addition to camping, Oban offers a wide range of lodging options. The course is also self-catering – we can prepare food together at the campsite, sharing costs – or eat out
in the Oban area.

Clients will need to arrange their own transport to Oban. We can provide transport to / from paddling venues each day.

If you need us to provide a sea kayak for the course, please contact us for availability.

Cost: £375