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NEW Sea Kayak Coastal Forager Expedition - Moidart, Scotland

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£500

This four day expedition combines all the elements that make for a really special experience! It takes place in a stunningly beautiful part of the west coast of Scotland, with the thrill of sea kayaking and the satisfaction of foraging for coastal and marine foods, while learning bushcraft skills. There is a nomadic element to the course as we explore sheltered sea lochs and possibly move into more open areas if the conditions allow. We aim to travel light, fishing for mackerel and other sea fish, setting lobster pots and foraging for shellfish and collecting sea weed other wild foods. We hope to have the opportunity to explore islands, coastal inlets, stunning sandy beaches and make wild camps in these areas.

The area is also fantastic for wildlife - we have regular sightings of sea eagles, deer, peregrines and seals in the area and have the chance to see otters. Other animals occasionally seen in the area include pine martens and wild cats.

Activities

You will spend four full days on the west coast of Scotland learning about:

  • sea kayaking
  • coastal foraging (shell fish, sea weed etc.)
  • fishing from kayaks
  • setting kreels (lobster pots)
  • primitive firelighting (sparks with reference to local tinders e.g. horse's hoof fungus)
  • local plants and their uses
  • water acquisition and purification
  • highland wildlife (e.g. seals, sea eagles, deer, otters etc.)

Requirements:

The course is open to novice kayaker and bushcrafters, though the some paddling experience is a definite advantage.

You must:

  • be over 18 years old (Please note: we are also considering running a family version of this course - so do let us know if you are interested in this)
  • have some outdoor experience (e.g. hill walking, camping, adventure sports, bushcraft etc.)
  • have a reasonable level of physical fitness
  • be able to swim 200 metres and
  • have a sense of humour!

This location is wild and isolated so you need to be good at adapting to local conditions both good and bad!

Camping:

You will need to bring a small tent, or a hammock and tarp (midge net is essential). A kit list will be detailed in the joining instructions.

Price:

The price £500 includes instruction, kayak usage, and all food while on the expedition plus meals and all camping accommodation (we will camp near our Wildwood base on the first and last nights). During the trip we aim to prepare meals which include locally produced or foraged ingredients, and which are free range and/or organic wherever possible - you should not go hungry!

To reserve a place now you need to pay a deposit of £100 - the balance is due two calendar months in advance of the course.

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