Frequently Asked Questions

The following are a few of the more common questions we get however if you would like to find out more or have another question please contact us.

Do you provide introductory half day or day trips for beginners?

This is something we offered for a number of years, however due to other comitments we are not able to offer this kind of trip at the momment. If you are a complete novice or holiday maker please contact Rockhopper Sea Kayaking who are based in Fort William.

Is equipment included?

We are currently unable to supply any equipment. To attend one of our courses you must have your own equipment and kayak (with the exception of FSRT and 2 Star where we will be able to supply some boats)

Do you provide transport?

Transport is not normally provided but we may be able to help if you are stuck.

Are your courses and trips suitable for children?

Unfortunately we are not able to offer any activities for children at this time.

What happens if the weather is not suitable to go kayaking?

The only thing that stops us paddling is high winds and even then we can generally travel somewhere that is sheltered.  However, very occasionally the wind is too strong for us to paddle and we have to cancel.  If this is a possibility for your trip we will try to notify you as soon as possible.  In the first instance we will try to arrange an alternate date or activity, if that is not possible or suitable we will offer you a full refund.

If the decision to cancel is yours then the cancellation policy in our Terms and Conditions would apply. 

Do your courses and trips include accommodation?

With the exception of overnight expeditions, where we camp, none of our courses include accommodation. However on our places to stay page you will find a list of local accommodation providers to suit a variety of budgets.

Do you offer kayak/ canoe hire?

No, we are not able to offer any boats or equipment for hire.

Where is Lochaber?

Lochaber is the name given to the area of the Scottish Highlands where we are based, there are no lochs called Aber in the area. Historical maps suggest Loch Aber, or Loch Abar, was the name once given to one, or all, of Loch Linnhe, Loch Eil and Loch Leven however we have never found a definative source.

Our research suggests the names meaning is releated to a confluence of water, possibly the confluence of the Rivers Lochy and Nevis with Loch Linnhe, which are in turn connected to Lochs Eil and Leven. 

The area of Lochaber includes the town of Fort William and the villages of Glencoe, Ballachulish, Onich, Arisaig, Mallaig, Duror, Roybridge, Spean Bridge and Kinlochleven. 

  • "Fantastic afternoon on the water and well recommended"

    Mark, Glencoe.

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