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Sea kayak trips & guiding
Scotland's coastline ranks among the best places in the world to sea kayak. The west coast in particular is a paddler's dream, with islets and skerries, cliffs, sea stacks and stunning backdrops. Liberal access laws mean you really can find your own desert island to camp on, and there are usually paddling options no matter what the weather.
Wildlife here is varied and abundant, with everything from otters to whales and basking sharks swimming through our waters. It's a rare paddle when you don't see at least one seal peeking out at you, and seabirds flock here to breed - the gannet's Latin name, Sula bassana, comes from Bass Rock just off the Edinburgh coast.
Expeditions and wild camping
The joy of a sea kayak is being able to reach places no-one else can. On these trips we will paddle to otherwise inaccessible bays and islets, and pitch our tents away from any bustle of civilisation.
Spending several days at sea allows you to truly appreciate the rhythms of the tides. We'll often be following parts of old sea roads, once major routes of communication in a country where the land is steep and rough, and your closest neighbours are across the water not over the mountain.
Easy paddling can often take you a long way, and many of these trips are suitable for those new to kayak camping. We'll take care of the planning, the water will carry your tent, and all you need to do is paddle and enjoy the scenery.
Many of Scotland's islands are easily reached or even circumnavigated in a single day. Bass Rock, just a few miles outside Edinburgh, offers a unique view of world-renowned sea bird colonies. Further south on Little Cumbrae you can explore an abandoned lighthouse complex, with great views across to Bute and Arran.
Guided day trips are a great option for paddlers wanting to visit somewhere unfamiliar or to challenge themselves in the knowledge that all tidal planning and safety aspects are taken care of.
If you want to thoroughly explore a stretch of coastline, but fancy a hot shower and proper meal at the end of the day, come along on a kayaking holiday.
Based in a specific area such as Plockton, Oban or Ullapool, we'll head out each day on a new excursion. By staying in the same place for a few days, we'll be able to plan with flexibility, and exploit the weather forecasts to get the best out of the week.
We can help you find accommodation that suits your requirements and your budget, and in the evenings group members are free to either do their own thing or meet up for dinner.
We do not currently have any trips in the calendar. However we can run bespoke trips for private groups. Prices start at £70 for a half day and £120 for a full day. Some kit hire is also available. Please contact us for more information or to book.