Dec. 20, 2012
-- Germany is one of the biggest markets for adventure holidays in Europe. For years you could see German speaking walking guides taking groups to the Scottish hills. There is also a growing demand for sea kayaking tours in the German speaking area. Most of these tours would be in Scandinavia or the Mediterranean area. Up to now there was no sea kayaking tour just for the German speaking tourist. In early 2012 Unexplored Scotland and Club Aktiv have teamed up and worked hard on setting up a Programme that’s both exiting and chilling. ‘It was a lot of work to get the little details sorted and may still need more work.’ Says Andreas Heinzl, the owner of Unexplored Scotland. A devoted sea kayaker himself who moved to Scotland in the mid-90s from just outside Munich, has run kayaking and hillwalking tours for the international market for years. He understands what adventure tourists from different parts of Europe are looking for.
Participants of the tour will start their journey in Holland when they enter the ferry to Newcastle. From there they will journey north to the idyllic coastal town of Oban. The better part of 1 week will then be spent in the area where you have many small islands, Lochs and some good wildlife. Planned is also a circumnavigation of Lismore, an island just off Port Appin, which is 15km long and only 2.5km wide (at the widest part). The second part of the trips will take them to Arisaig. The beaches of Arisaig are well known and have been filmed in the movies Rob Roy and Local Hero. The area is also called the Scottish Caribbean, most likely because of the amount of sandy beaches and small islands, obviously not due to the weather. After paddling in the area it will take the group to Knoydart and Inverie with a visit to the Old Forge. The pub is famous due to its remote location and has been named the most remote pub in mainland United Kingdom. Loch Nevis, which is the water between Mallaig and Inverie is visited often by pods of porpoises and large groups of sea birds.
Last not least the tour will go to Skye and kayak in the south of the island near the cuillin mountains. The cuillins are some of the most magnificent hills in the British Isles. In the area you can also come across whales and basking sharks. May should be a good moth to spot them too. After this it’s off to the north of the largest island of Scotland to paddle along the high sea cliffs and caves near Staffin. To end the 2 week holiday is the rather scenic trip from Kyleakin in Skye to Plockton. This area has seen a lot of wildlife due to its sheltered location. Very often you can spot otters, porpoises and seals.
To find out more about the tour visit Club Aktiv or Unexplored Scotland.http://www.unexploredscotland.com