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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.

Launched in 2014, the Argyll Sea Kayak Trail stretches for 150 km between Oban and Helensburgh taking in the Crinan Canal. There are nine access points along the trail, which hugs a diverse coastline made up of islands, sheltered bays, long sandy stretches and caves. Basking sharks and seals are among the many marine creatures that can sometimes be spotted along the way.

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. Gradings

    Glasgow

    Kayaking, Canoeing, Archery, Gorge Walking? Welcome to Tayler Made Adventures providing a range of adventure activities in Glasgow and the surrounding area.

  2. Gradings

    Glencoe

    Scotland's newest adventure centre, Action Glen at the Isles of Glencoe, is bang in the middle of the highlands, just half an hour from Fort William. From paddlesports to archery, we've got it covered.

  3. Portavadie Activities

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    Multi-activity Centre

    Gradings

    Tighnabruaich

    For more information or to book please contact 01700 811075

  4. Gradings

    • 3 Activity Centre
    3 Activity Centre

    Aviemore

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

  5. 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.

  6. Sportscotland National Centre Cumbrae

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    Sailing Charter Companies

    Gradings

    Cumbrae

    One of Scotland’s premier watersport centres, Sportscotland National Centre Cumbrae offers a variety of activities to enjoy.

  7. Breeze Adventures

    Type

    Multi-activity Centre

    Gradings

    Kirriemuir

    Welcome to Breeze Adventures

  8. Strathyre Outdoors

    Type

    Multi-activity Centre

    Gradings

    Strathyre

    Strathyre Outdoors is a family run Activity and Events based Organisation focused on developing Strathyre's potential as a Tourist location and offering a boost to the local economy. Guided Walks, Bike Hire, Canoe Safari, plus much more.

  9. Ace Adventure

    Type

    Multi-activity Centre

    Gradings

    • 4 Activity Provider
    4 Activity Provider

    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.

  10. Full On Adventure

    Type

    Multi-activity Centre

    Gradings

    Aviemore

    Full On Adventure is an outdoor activity and adventure sports coaching business based in Aviemore.

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