Scotland Paddle Boarding Expedition
Knoydart SUP Expedition
2024 Trip dates:
Expedition Days - 2nd to 5th June 2024
Accommodation: Wild Camping.
4 spaces available
We will be paddling 10 to 15 km with boards fully loaded with expedition kit. On day 2 there is a small 2km hike through a passage carrying all our kit, which has steady incline and decline. This expedition is in a remote part of Scotland which means weather conditions can change very quickly. With this in mind please be prepared that we might have to paddle in windy/choppy conditions.
This paddle is a true wilderness paddle. Our expedition will take us on a journey to the village of Inverie (home to the UK's most remote pub). The only access to the village is via boat or a two day hike so you will feel truly off-grid. Due to the 'wild' nature of the trip, there will be plenty of wildlife to see en route, hopefully we will get the opportunity to see white tailed eagles, seals, otters and maybe even porpoises.
Day 1 - Loch Morar - 10 to 15km - 2nd June 2024
We will meet in Mallaig where we will be leaving our vehicles duration of the trip and sort out all our kit before heading to the launch point. Once on the water we will spend some time refining your paddling skills before we make our way down Loch Morar which is the deepest freshwater loch in Scotland surrounded by beautiful mountains. We will begin our paddle down the loch to our first wild camp spot.
Day 2 - Loch Morar to Loch Nevis - 12km - 3rd June 2024
We will pack up camp on Loch Morar and paddle to the mountain pass where we will carry our kit through the passage to Loch Nevis. Once on Loch Nevis this is the best place for wildlife sightings. If we are lucky enough we will see Sea Otters, White Tailed Eagles, Golden Eagles, Seals and may be even Porpoises or Dolphins if we are super lucky!
Day 3 - Loch Nevis to Inverie - 12km - 4th June 2024
The end is in sight! We will pack up camp and take a leisurely paddle to the end in Inverie a remote village cut off from the mainland road network: the only way to this village is by a ferry or walking 16 miles over the mountains.
Day 4 - Sunrise paddle around Inverie and ferry home - 5th June 2024
Today we will wake up for a sunrise paddle in the bay at Inverie, the perfect end to the expedition. After this we will pack up ready to catch the ferry home. On arrival we will load up the van and head back to the bunkhouse for a hot shower, pub dinner and good night sleep before starting the journey home the following morning.
During the expedition - each night we will be camping on the banks of the lochs. We won't have access to toilet facilities when on expedition but we will make sure we create adequate facilities at each camp spot.
Don’t own a tent? Not a problem. We do have a few that can be borrowed (you will however need to bring your own sleeping bag and mat). Everyone will need access to their own tent unless they are from the same household and are happy to share together. Full kit list will be emailed to you after booking.
During the expedition we will provide you with 4 breakfasts and 4 dinners. You will need to provide yourself with lunches and snacks. The meals we provide will be dehydrated meals to give you that real expedition feel. There will be opportunities during the expedition to eat out at restaurants and cafes, but these will be at your own expense. We can help you with lunch ideas and will arrange a pre-trip meeting either in person or over zoom to discuss topics like this and share ideas on how to pack light.
You don't need your own paddle boarding kit to join us on this trip as we do have kit available for you to use. If you are planning to bring your own paddleboard it needs to be appropriate for paddling long distances in chop and be able to carry expedition kit. If you are unsure if your board is suitable for this trip, get in contact with us. You must have a coiled leash and buoyancy aid/PFD. Full kit list will be emailed to you after booking.
How to get to Scotland:
Drive - you will be able to park your car at the start point of our expedition, we will then arrange a taxi back to your vehicle at the end.
Train - there is a sleeper train that travels from London to Fort William (Caledonian Sleeper). We will then collect you from the train station.
Fly - once you land you will need to make your own way to Fort William either by public transport or hiring a car. Best place to fly into is Glasgow.
What’s included in the price:
4 days SUP Guiding
4 breakfasts + 4 dinners on expedition
Camping equipment - tent, stove and cooking pots.
100l rucksack style dry bag.
20l dry bag.
3l collapsible water carrier.
McConks 12.8 paddle board, carbon paddle, buoyancy aid & safety equipment.
Waterproof & windproof paddle jacket
Ferry at the end of the expedition back to your car.
Photos and videos from the trip.
What’s not included in the price:
Accommodation at beginning and end of trip (we can advise on this).
Transport to and around Scotland.
Any meals where we eat out at a restaurant or café.
Car parking fees
Personal travel insurance
Joshua Telling (Rapid Skills)
During this time of year there will be midges, we will advise you on nets and repellants for the trip.
We will make every effort to paddle board in Knoydart but if conditions are unsafe we may need to paddle board at alternative locations.
If you would like to use your own paddle board on the trip, please drop us an email so that we can check if its suitable.
(Deposit £150 - non refundable )
2023 Client Reviews
"I had an incredible week on the Into the Wild SUP Expedition, it’s the most beautiful area I’ve ever paddled!
Josh was extremely supportive throughout, and is so prepared and considerate in the way he runs the expeditions - everything was extremely relaxed and at our own pace, with coaching and support whenever we needed."
"The trip has boosted my confidence on the board, but also shown me that I am capable of doing things that are a little out of the ordinary. I surprised myself by staying on at Inverie on my own and I'm so glad I did as I had a great couple of days, but without the boost that the trip had given me, I doubt if I would have. Thanks Josh (and Eli) for being great company on a trip that will stay with me for my life!"