Sea kayaking in Scotland

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  • Two people sea kayaking at Bow Fiddle Rock
    Bow Fiddle Rock, Portknockie
  • Three kayakers taking a break on a white sandy beach on the Isle of Vatersay
    Isle of Barra
  • A kayaker off the coast of the Isle of May, an island off the coast of Fife that can be reached during the summer months
    Isle of May
  • A group of sea kayakers explore the coastline around Castle Stalker, an islet on Loch Laich
    Castle Stalker, Loch Laich

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.

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.

Some of the most spectacular and challenging sea cliffs, 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 by sea kayak 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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