There are SUP trips and then there are SUP TRIPS! Heading to the beautiful and remote Western Isles of Scotland aboard the stunning 102ft tall ship ‘Lady of Avenel‘ and then exploring the surrounding area by paddleboard is definitely an opportunity not to be missed this summer. Guided SUP trips and coaching by the London based Active 360 team, all your catering and sleeping arrangements covered afloat, media coverage and SUP kit provided too (if required). You’ll definitely be traveling in style and there couldn’t be an easier way to explore the westernmost islands of Scotland’s Outer Hebrides with your SUP. Taking place in just afew weeks time, means you’ll have to make your mind up fast! More information about this exciting trip from Active 360 below…
When – 29th August – 6th Sept 2015
Duration – 7 or 8 days
Location – St Kilda islands, Outer Hebrides, Scotland
Itinerary – Castlebay – St Kilda – Monach Islands – Castlebay (weather dependent)
Cost – Book now and get it for £750 (normally £950)
A chance to be the first SUP ocean paddlers to explore the remote cliffs and historic village of St Kilda supported by your own Tall Ship the ‘Lady of Avenel’. On this trip we explore the highest cliffs in the British Isles by Tall Ship and paddleboard. We circumnavigate Hirta, the Stags and the Island of Soy. This is a must on every seafarers list – Be the first one to do this with a paddleboard.
The mere mention of the St Kilda archipelago can fire a seafarer’s’ imagination – remote and distant islands set deep in the Atlantic, far off the Outer Hebrides with the highest cliffs in Britain, myriad caves and arches. The surrounding ocean is rich with marine life while the cliffs support thousands of birds. The human connection to this isolated landscape is equally fascinating abounding with prehistoric remains and of course the more recent village with its evocative abandoned houses.
The experience of sea paddleboarding beneath the immense cliffs with the teeming bird life soaring above will leave you speechless. There will be a powerful sense of exploration on the far western fringe of Europe in an area that few have been fortunate enough to venture to.
ACTIVE 360 have teamed up with Heritage Sailing to offer a unique once in a lifetime sea paddleboard and sailing experience. Aboard the Brigantine tall ship “Lady of Avenel” we will sail from Castlebay to St Kilda where we will anchor in Village Bay. With the ship in support and weather permitting we will explore the magnificent islands of the St Kilda island group. The exact itinerary will be determined by the weather but we hope that will be able to spend two or three days in the vicinity of the island group. This will enable us to explore the main island of Hirta where the St Kilda population lived and kayak around the islands. If there is time we will return to Castlebay via the beautiful Monach Islands which we will explore by board.
The Lady of Avenel offers a comfortable base from which we will set out each day for our explorations. Accommodation is in twin cabins or two four bunk cabins. There are showers with hot water and flush toilets aboard. The catering will be to the highest standard and meals will be taken in the comfortable and well-appointed saloon. We will need eight bookings for this trip to run, so please keep this in mind if you are thinking of joining the tour. We are happy to take provisional bookings for this trip.
The Lady of Avenel will be captained by Stefan Fritz with Charles Lyster as first mate. If you wish to be – you too can be the crew and experience tall ship sailing at first hand, literally learning the ropes, taking responsibility on the helm, and with harnesses, climbing high into the rigging. There will be no compulsion to work the ropes, but being fully involved will certainly add a new and enjoyable dimension to your sea paddling trip expedition and holiday.
Our experience spans paddling and coaching SUP around the World from the icy seas of Greenland to the warmth of the Indian Ocean. Our home patch is on the River Thames with its strong currents and big tides.
We can work on your paddling technique and your understanding of safety and enable you to become a strong and independent SUP paddler in all types of water.
- Guided SUP trips catering for intermediate and above skill levels
- Hands on sailing on this wonderful Brigantine.
- Boards, leash, PFD, wetsuit and paddle on request (you can bring your own equipment and save £75)
- Coaching and skill training including video analysis
- Accommodation in comfortable berths on the Lady of Avenel
- All meals cooked on board
What’s not included?
- Travel to and from Oban / Bara Scotland You have the choice of joining the trip on 29th August from Oban or 30th Sept from Bara.
To find out more and to book your place email email@example.com