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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. Snowgoose Mountain Centre

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    Fort William

    Experience adventurous outdoor activity holidays and courses at Snowgoose Mountain Centre in Fort William.

  2. Adventure First Ltd

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    Multi-activity Centre

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    Aberdeen

    Welcome to Adventure First Ltd

  3. Venturing Out

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    East Lothian

    If you are holidaying in the Lothian’s and are looking for fun activities for all the family then you may wish to try kayaking, canoeing, sea kayaking, mountain biking, trail cycling, rock climbing, abseiling, bushcraft or hill walking.

  4. Whitewave Activities

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    Multi-activity Centre

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    Trotternish

    Enjoy guided day walks, historic walks and environmental interpretation.

  5. Wilderness Scotland Winter Sports

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    Multi-activity Centre

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    Aviemore

    Welcome to Wilderness Scotland Winter Sports

  6. Skyak Adventures

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    Kayaking

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    Broadford

    Unique Sea Kayaking Experiences in the World-Class Location of the Isle of Skye

  7. Sea Kayak Scotland

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    Kayaking

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    Oban, Mull and Lorn

    Sea Kayak Scotland offers tailor made kayaking courses on the Isle of Seil, near Oban on the west coast of Scotland.

  8. Blown Away Experiences

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    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.

  9. Paddle Lochaber

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    Kayaking

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    Ballachulish

    Paddle Lochaber is a paddlesports provider specialising in Sea Kayaking. We also offer Sit on Top Kayaking and Stand Up Paddling. Qualified local guides will introduce you to Lochaber's fantastic coastline and abundance of wildlife.

  10. Lagganlia Outdoor 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.

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