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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. Sea Kayak Argyll

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    Kayaking

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    Dunoon

    Sea Kayak Argyll offers sea kayak journeys and coaching around the Clyde, Cowal Penninsula and magical Isle of Bute. In addition, we can provide Mountain Leaders, Mountain Bike Leaders, Rock Climbing, Canoe coaching and 1st Aid Instruction.

  2. Harris Outdoor Adventure

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    Multi-activity Centre

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    South Harris

    Welcome to Harris Outdoor Adventure

  3. Glencoe Activities

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    Multi-activity Centre

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    Ballachulish

    Discover great days out for all the family, with over 20 activities set around the loch-side at spectacular Glencoe.

  4. Gradings

    Lewis

    Welcome to Callanish Leisure hire. We offer short term bike and sit on kayak hire at very affordable prices. All equipment is supplied so you don't need to bring any special clothing or equipment with you.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Wild By Nature

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    Multi-activity Centre

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    Loch Lomond Area

    Wild by Nature provide a range of Eco Adventure experiences, expeditions and events. We provide a range of hands on, eco aware, fun safari style adventure experiences.

  8. Gradings

    • 3 Activity Centre
    3 Activity Centre

    Aviemore

    Enjoy a variety of fun activities on a beach in the mountains at Loch Morlich Watersports.

  9. Venture Mhor

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    Munro Walks

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    Applecross

    Welcome to Venture Mhor

  10. Paddle Lochaber

    Type

    Kayaking

    Gradings

    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.

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