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  • Two sea kayakers take a break from the sea on a sandy beach, Isle of Barra, Outer Hebrides
    Sea kayakers, Isle of Barra, Outer Hebrides
  • Sea kayakers approach a sandy beach on the island of Vatersay
    Sea kayakers approach a sandy beach on the island of Vatersay
  • Sea kayaking, Isle of Barra
    Sea kayaking, Isle of Barra
  • Two sea kayakers paddle close to the clifftop ruins of Tantallon Castle.
    Two sea kayakers paddle close to the clifftop ruins of Tantallon Castle.

Scotland is one of the best destinations in the world for sea kayaking as it boasts hundreds of miles of secluded beaches, beautiful blue waters and an incredible marine and bird life. Equally exhilarating is kayaking, a white-knuckle ride practiced on whitewater rivers across Scotland.

Kayaking

When it begins to rain, kayakers in Scotland come out en masse to enjoy the flowing, swirling rapids of Scotland’s mountain rivers.

Paddling through some of the country's most beautiful and remote wilderness areas, you can get to grips with staggering landscapes and wildlife before enjoying a thrilling white-knuckle ride on stretches of river rapids.

There are four main rivers which are recommended by kayakers; the Tay, the Etive, the Orchy and the Findhorn.

The River Tay, which winds through Perthshire, is one of Scotland's most famous rivers and it's longest, offering good white water especially for kayakers of an introductory level. Whether you're an amateur or a more experience kayaker, the river enjoys good conditions all year round.

For a weekend active break, the River Orchy in Argyll & The Isles is very popular and enjoys some of the best conditions for all ability levels. Everything from easy water to grade five, a challenge for any avid kayaker.

Kayaking can really get your adrenaline pumping and on the River Findhorn, in the north east running into the Moray Firth, the highlight of the trip is the infamous Findhorn gorge. The best conditions can often be found in the spring as melting snow from the Monadh Liath mountains boosts the white water flows. Also, the River Etive in Scotland's stunning Highlands, is a short, adrenaline-filled trip complete with some beautiful waterfalls.

Sea kayaking

Sea kayaking is a great way to discover the delights of Scotland and explore cliffs, caves, tunnels and secluded beaches.

Journey through some of the most scenic parts of Scotland on the unique Scottish Sea Kayaking Trail, a challenging 500 km voyage which has been voted a top European tour of a lifetime by National Geographic.

On this trail you'll explore the history of the west coast, from the Lords of the Isles to the Clearances, while travelling from Loch Linnhe to the sound of Arisaig, taking in the Summer Isles near Ullapool and the island of Gigha off the Kintyre peninsula.

With 500 miles of cliffs, deserted beaches and sea caves, the spectacular coastline of the Orkney Islands is an excellent place for sea kayaking. With fast flowing tides as well as sheltered water, this archipelago offers paddling for all abilities. Remember to bring your camera as you’ll be taking your kayak out amongst whales, orcas and dolphins, and even partially-submerged shipwrecked battleships.

Some of the most spectacular and challenging sea cliffs, stacks, arches and tunnels in Europe can be found in Orkney, including the famous Old Man of Hoy on the Isle of Hoy. For information on kayaking around Orkney, visit the Kirkwall Kayak Club and Orkney Sea Kayaking Association.

Explore the beautiful East Neuk of Fife coastline with East Neuk Outdoors. Discover the delights of this stunning region as you paddle through clear waters and catch glimpses of the resident marine life. The Firth of Forth’s unique geography and environment offers a varied selection of trips to suit all levels while taking in some amazing wildlife and history.

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  1. Centre 81

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    Multi-activity Centre

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    Garelochhead

    Centre 81 is a recently refurbished community centre offering a cafe, internet, free wi-fi, table tennis, outdoor equipment hire, nature trails and more.

  2. Lagganlia Outdoor Centre

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    Multi-activity Centre

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    Kingussie

    Lagganlia Centre provides high quality residential Outdoor Learning courses and advanced Adventures and Expeditions, within the astounding natural environment of the Cairngorms National Park.

  3. Boots N Paddles

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    Multi-activity Centre

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    Muir of Ord

    Boots N Paddles is a mobile outdoor adventure activity company offering fun days out and amazing outdoor experiences across Scotland.

  4. Blown Away Experiences

    Type

    Multi-activity Centre

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    • 5 Activity Provider
    5 Activity Provider

    St Andrews

    This mobile outdoor experience company operates all over Scotland, and is regularly based in St Andrews’ West Sands.

  5. Galloway Activity Centre

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    Multi-activity Centre

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    • 4 Activity Centre
    4 Activity Centre

    New Galloway

    Experience a range of water sports and land based activities at this activity centre situated on the shore of Loch Ken.

  6. Peregrinations

    Type

    Kayaking

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    Edinburgh

    Peregrinations is owned and run by Laura Bennitt, qualified Sea Kayak Instructor and Guide and Summer Mountain Leader.

  7. Wilderness Scotland Winter Sports

    Type

    Multi-activity Centre

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    Aviemore

    Welcome to Wilderness Scotland Winter Sports

  8. Clearwater Paddling

    Type

    Kayaking

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    Castlebay

    Clearwater Paddling is based at Castlebay and offers sea kayaking tours in the Outer Hebrides.

  9. Activities at Raasay House

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    Multi-activity Centre

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    Inverarish

    Raasay is a spectacular location for holidays, day activities and special events. Enjoy adventure, fun, wildlife and tranquillity on one of Scotland's most beautiful islands.

  10. Ace Adventure

    Type

    Multi-activity Centre

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    Forres

    The specialist White Water Rafting and Outdoor Adventure Activity provider in Scotland. Wherever you are in Scotland there is an Ace Adventure activity location close by.

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